It seems like forever since I posted about our new apartment. That might be because we’ve kind of hit a wall with all the improvements. M and I both got really busy at the same time, and since the bare necessities were unpacked, we focused on more immediate worries, like work.
However, a couple weeks ago when I was home alone one night I tackled the bookcase. This is a big feature of our living/dining area because it takes up half of a large wall. The bookcase itself is the IVAR system at IKEA. Our friend’s have this in their house, and we really loved the simplicity and utilitarian, industrial design. It’s just plain pine wood. We decided to leave it natural, but I might decide to paint it in the future. Here’s the before and after:
When we unpacked, everything got shoved into the bookcase. And then it sat for a long time. It took a couple hours to alphabetize all our books and DVDs, but it was worth it. I love a well organized bookshelf, don’t you?
Styling the shelves is my favorite part. I wish I had more pictures to share, but the lighting isn’t great today, and most of them came out too dark.
The rest of our apartment might be a mess, but I love looking at this bookcase and seeing all my cherished books and objects. It inspires me to keep working on the rest. Next task, reupholstering the dining room chairs! If everything goes as planned, I’ll have a DIY for you next week (fingers crossed).