As the end of January neared, I had to pack up all my Christmas decor. I mean, I’m not gonna be that girl, the one who never puts the stuff away, right? Never mind the Christmas tree that’s still lying at our curb. . .
After I packed the holiday decor away, I realized that my built-but-not-finished living room shelf unit needed something to tide it over until I can find time to stain it. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m going to show you how it looks now – even though I’m not yet satisfied.
It went from this:
Basically, after I took down the yarn trees, I had to do something to create height on the top shelf – so I pulled a few small hardback books from storage in the basement and added some book ends that I had there as well. You’ll notice that for now I left the wintry-themed fabric on the top. That just means that I have to stain it before the spring decor starts!
On the middle shelf I had trouble with the decor, because of the open sides. So I decided to go the symmetrical route. It turns out I have two old lanterns, so that wasn’t so hard.
But you know, I’m really not loving it. It’s ok, but I expect more from myself. I think what I need to do is add a back to it, as well as sides (my dad’s going to say “I told you so”) and then stain it. ASAP. But adding a back to it will be tough, because of the heat vent that is behind the bottom shelf area.
Maybe I could just put a back on the top half, and then put sides on the whole height of it? What would you do?
Bookshelf design and layout is definitely one of the areas where I struggle. Thanks so much, in advance, for your input!
PS: Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s giveaway post – it’s a good one!