In my last post in the Make Room for Savings with The Home Depot I wrote, “Now all I have to do is make a decision and get to work.” That aptly describes how this process has gone and, frankly, I couldn’t be more focused on this task. It’s given me an opportunity to really get some things accomplished around my house. When I mentioned this project to my friends on Facebook, one of them, Deb, wrote on my wall:
Can I really come over and help?! I love to organize.
Deb and I have been friends and we raised sons together as room moms for the last 15 years, and now she lives right around the corner from me. When I coupled her proximity to me and what she offered, it didn’t take me long to take her up on it. My friends are way more awesome than I ever remember to tell them.
First, however, we decided on the Brexley five-shelf bookcase for our project and The Cuban put it together with me. As a couple, we work together very well on projects and pretty much anything that requires an Allen wrench. He leaves all the decor of our home to me and I leave him alone in the kitchen to cook all of our meals. It’s a pretty sweet deal even if it means I do all the laundering of sheets and towels along with my own laundry.
As for the work involved in building the furniture, we got the bookcase put together in a little over an hour and were ready to start figuring out where we wanted it in our living room. The directions were easy to follow and our favorite part of the design is the top piece that’s more decorative than we originally thought. Before we were even finished cleaning up the tools we used he and I were discussing our top three reasons for where we wanted it.
Check out these pictures I took of some of the process so you can see what we are working with in our home.
For the argument of “next to the armoire” we listed:
1. Close to something that matches the cherry wood color. (No opposition here.)
2. Two big pieces of furniture together on a “heavy wall”. But, would the other furniture work still?
3. Things that go on the bookcase and in the armoire can be interchangeable. But, would that make us indecisive?
For the argument of “in the corner” we listed:
1. Focal point of the room once it’s decorated. But, we hadn’t decided on what we wanted to focus on in the room.
2. The lighting in the corner would help showcase it. But, it’s a standing floor lamp that might look awkward next to it.
3. We just liked it there! But, we thought it competed with the fireplace.
Then, we proceeded to change the entire thing around altogether. Isn’t that just the way it goes? Mind you, I’m not complaining about this, because we had a chance to clean the baseboards really good and wash the windows and replace lightbulbs. When else would I have found the time, energy, and resources to get all this done? When else would I find a friend like Deb who offered to come over and bring her furniture moving tools and do some serious, physically hard work?
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