After nearly four months, I am nearing the end of my many furniture refinishing projects. So far, I have shared photos of my coffee table, the post for which doubles as a general tutorial, as well as the nightstand and bookshelf that Mr. Handsome built.Last week, I completed our dining table, and a few days ago, I finished the third chair, out of four.
Several months ago, my brother-in-law purchased a fixer-upper house in the Nashville area. My father-in-law loves house projects, so he has spent quite a few weekends helping with flooring, painting, and landscaping. The two of them have done the bulk of the work, but the rest of us have chipped in, as well. (Last fall, I spent hours in the yard pulling out many years worth of weeds and overgrown vines.)
This weekend was especially exciting because we laid the last of the flooring. Before my father-in-law took all his power tools home, Mr. Handsome used them to build me a bookshelf.
As many of you know, I’ve been spending my free time refinishing our furniture (Mr. Handsome jokes that nothing in our home is safe from my dark walnut stain). I have been searching for a used, solid wood bookshelf to replace the junky one we currently have, but I haven’t had any success, so my talented husband decided to make me one for Valentine’s Day.
It was quite the project and took many more hours than either of us had predicted, but it looks spectacular. (I’ll post a photo after I finish staining it.)
Between cutting boards for the bookshelf and cutting flooring pieces, we produced an impressive amount of sawdust, but when it came time to clean up, everyone pitched in, and we were able to leave my brother-in-law with a clean house.
“Do you still need a bookshelf?” she asked. “I found an old one in our garage, and you’re welcome to it. I brought it along in the backseat of our car, so you can take it home with you.”
The shelf was in fabulous condition, so we gladly took it off her hands. It holds all our books with room to spare and fits well in our bedroom. And best of all, it was free!