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Pink Varde

Before installing the salvaged wood shelves, I put together the Varde knowing that once the hard part was over (because yes, building it was more difficult than giving it a new look!), I could get to the best part. And because it’s so large, I had to build, paint and protect it all within the workroom itself (it will fit through the door, but just baaarely) – which required some stealthy maneuvering. But now? It’s a not-too-sweet pale pink, a nod to the main studio space:

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I painted the Varde just as I would any piece of furniture, with the exception of a couple of extra steps that I’ll likely use again (with the biggest change in my poly application – see below!). The most time consuming part of painting anything is the wait; the patience between coats is a buzzkill, but absolutely worth it. So while it took me two days to give her the new look, it was only a handful of hours in total, spread out in 30 minute intervals.

SUPPLIES USED:
Spackle + putty knife
Zinsser 1-2-3 water based primer
Morristown Cream paint (Ben Moore), eggshell
No-rinse TSP
Minwax in Jacobean
Wood stain (Jacobean)
Minwax Polycrylic in satin

TOOLS USED:
Medium grit sanding block
Super fine sanding block
Power sander
2″ angle brush
4″ foam rollers
Rag for stain

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WHAT WE DID: For seemingly no reason at all, the unit had small holes along the inside shelving. You would think it would be to slide the shelves up and down, but with the way the shelves are screwed into the sides, that wasn’t even a possibility in the design of the Varde. I started by covering them up with spackle (avoiding the holes that were needed for the sliding drawer installation), knowing that if I ever wanted them back, I could easily drill new holes. Note: I purposely waited to install the drawers and butcher block top until the very end, knowing that it would make painting and staining much easier.

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Using a medium grit sanding block, I quickly roughed up the entire unit (making sure to smooth over the spackle as well). After wiping up the lingering dust, I coated the entire piece with just one coat of primer, using a 2″ angle brush for the corners and a 4″ foam roller for the large flat surfaces.

I followed that up with three thin coats of Benjamin Moore’s Morristown Cream in an eggshell finish using the same brush and roller technique. I would always suggest to do more thin coats than less thick coats; yes, it takes more time, but your finish will be smoother (and thank you!) for it. On a real side tangent, choosing this pink was much more difficult than I thought it would be (poor Scott)! I wanted an honest to goodness pink, but nothing that would compete with the art and supplies on the shelves. In the end, Morristown Cream had enough brown in it to tone it down from being too “baby.” Also? Pink is a hard color to photograph.

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Once the paint was dry, I applied two coats of Polycrylic in a satin finish on all of the side surfaces, and I applied three coats on surfaces that would be getting the most abuse. Here’s where I did things a little differently. Normally I would use a wide 4″ brush to apply the poly, for fear that using a foam roller would cause bubbles. I did some research and found this great article on Design Sponge that discusses water-based polyurethanes vs. oil-based, and for water-based formulas, a foam roller is a-okay!

I still used my 2″ brush for the corners but moved forward with my foam roller for everything else. At first, I had a big bubble fest, but once I realized it was because I had over saturated my roller, things went much better. (I did get the occasional streak of bubbles, but immediately doing a gentle roll on top smoothed them out.) Between each coat, I used a super fine 220 grit sanding block.

For the butcher block top, Scott used our power sander to smooth the finish and remove what he could of the oil. (The top received one coat of protective oil in Ikea land, per the Varde disclaimers.) Taking it one step further, we also mixed a solution of no-rinse TSP to pull out any oil that had saturated into the surface – a first for us, but something we’ll likely we do with any wood restoring in the future.

I followed that up with two coats of Minwax Jacobean stain and three coats of Polycrylic, again, sanding between each coat.

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Aah, pink! Once everything was dry, Scott installed the top and the drawer slides, while I got to work drilling new holes for these pulls from Schoolhouse. (And can I just say? The pulls! They are gorgeous!)

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I’ve made a list of measurements for everything that’ll need to be stashed in a bin or crate, took note on how much space the drawers have for containing things, and once I gather my supplies, I’ll be ready to organize the workroom! That thought alone gives me shivers.

Three cheers for pink! Oh Ikea, we love to hack you.

  • Hannah K. - March 27, 2014 - 7:51 AM

    So gorgeous — it is exactly how I was imagining you’d do it! Can’t wait to see how you organize everything.ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - March 27, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    I totally love the pale pink with the gold. It’s my latest obsession. The pink family with gold or copper.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 27, 2014 - 9:54 AM

      Ooh, yes, it’s a great combo!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - March 27, 2014 - 8:13 AM

    lovely! it’s the perfect pink and those pulls are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - March 27, 2014 - 8:22 AM

    LOVE THAT COLOR! I have such an urge to paint something pink lately, and this is pushing me over the edge. I can’t wait to see how the studio and workroom come together!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - March 27, 2014 - 9:04 AM

    That’s such a nice pale pink. Subtle but pretty! And the stained wood top ties in with the shelving above really well. I like this!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - March 27, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    So sweet pale pink, I knew it. Great girly minds. And I love the stain matching with the shelves and those golden pulls, wow.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 27, 2014 - 9:54 AM

      So fun being a girl when you’re allowed to love pink!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 27, 2014 - 10:01 AM

    It couldn’t be more you. Or more lovely. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - March 27, 2014 - 10:20 AM

    I love how this turned out!! And that pink – it’s perfect. Thinking I may need to use that color on something in my future office. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 27, 2014 - 2:23 PM

    that’s GORGEOUS! love the dark top with the pink!

    question – it looks like you removed the metal covers on the feet. did you? or did you cleverly paint them to match? and are the little leveling feet on there now ones y’all installed or were they on there before?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 27, 2014 - 2:30 PM

      Yeah, we totally ditched the metal covers! The leveling feet are a part of the Varde, which is GREAT because our floors are so unlevel all over this house (much better after the contractors fixed some issues, but this IS a very, very old house).ReplyCancel

  • Jill - March 27, 2014 - 4:53 PM

    So goooood!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Smith | Fox & Willow - March 27, 2014 - 7:25 PM

    I never thought pink would look so good!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - March 28, 2014 - 10:20 AM

    What a project, but so worth it! This turned out beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly | Turning It Home - March 28, 2014 - 10:41 AM

    Hey! I have a question about that no-rinse TSP. I’ve heard TSP can leave a milky haze on wood, is that so with this type? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 28, 2014 - 10:52 AM

      We had NO haze whatsoever! Ours was a rinse-free formula, so maybe that’s why? It was so super easy.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - March 28, 2014 - 3:16 PM

    It looks goooorgeous! And those pulls really make it. Love, thank you for sharing all the tips!ReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - March 29, 2014 - 9:55 AM

    The rose gold handles are perfect with that paint color. I can’t wait to see this space- its coming along wonderfully!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - April 1, 2014 - 4:10 PM

    Kim, I love where this is going! First I envied your old studio. And I finally finished mine which was 100% inspired by yours. And now you’re making a fabulous shipping / storage / packing room. . . and the envy is back! Only problem? I’m running out of room in which to copy you :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - April 1, 2014 - 5:14 PM

      Thank you, Jane! As soon as we saw this small room, Scott was like, oh, this is the perfect shipping room! I know that might seem crazy, but you totally get it – shipping and packing can take over the whole office, so it’s VERY nice to have this little nook.ReplyCancel

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Couch!

Moving from a barely 700 sq foot condo to an over 2,000 sq foot house, we knew we’d have some space to fill. Like, a lot of space (a guest room! A larger studio! A laundry room!). For the longest time, the most common question we received from friends after move in was, dude, where’s all your stuff? To which we had to explain, um, this is all our stuff.

Our intention has always been to fill this home slowly and deliberately, and we made a promise to each other that we would only purchase more stuff if 1) it would last for the long(er) haul and 2) made our hearts happy. Truly happy – as in, not just tchotchkes that would clutter and fill for no purpose (we’ve already got enough of that!). And yet recently – maybe it’s shaking off those winter doldrums? (I blame the doughnuts) – we’ve been on a real furniture-filling-spree these last couple of weeks. But with stuff that’s been making our hearts sing!

This past weekend, you may have seen we got ourselves a couch! (And stuffed in the back of our wagon? A pretty chrome chair that Scott swore he absolutely needed to have; I agreed if only because he allows me to paint things pink.)

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We knew we wanted a new couch eventually, but in all honesty, we weren’t planning on purchasing one so soon – after all there are rooms to trim, light fixtures to source and did we tell you that our gutter fell off our house?! At the same time, we didn’t want to settle on a couch we didn’t love, and after a few disappointing rounds at West Elm, Crate & Barrel and salvage shops, we decided to hold off.

Every now and then, we’d be watching a television show and spot furniture we’d like. We’d pause the show, rewind, and slow step towards the perfect couch on the mythical television set. They’d be beautiful and unique, feminine but with a masculine edge. Cushy and deep. Long enough to seat four easily. If only!

Our current couch would eventually find a home in the upstairs studio, but we weren’t in any rush. Rather, we were focused on finding the magical unicorn of couches! Our checklist? A minimum of 95″+ wide (here are the specs on our couch now) and tufting (preferably) with a deep seat. Of course budget is always a factor, so when we saw that Jubilee Furniture was having a 50% off liquidation sale and we spied a gorgeous antique sofa on their weekly round-up for ($80!) we made it our mission to wake up with the sun and go.

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Not knowing the dimensions beforehand, we heaved a huge sigh of relief when we got to Jubilee and saw that not only was it still there (just waiting for us!), but a quick measurement proved that it was almost 100″ wide. Yes! And then immediately after sitting on it, we noticed that it felt a little… wobbly. No! We flipped it over to see that all the springs were in tact, but we couldn’t help but feel nervous. We sat on it for a good 15 minutes (rocking back and forth, pretending to fall on to it – you know, as you do!) before Scott suggested I ask you guys for help. Not surprisingly, you all pulled through, assured us it was worth the risk and another 15 minutes later, we were strapping it to the top of our wagon. Thank you!

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We knew the actual cost of purchasing this girl would be in the upholstery, and we’ve already been talking with our favorite local shop, Covers Unlimited (their quote was not only fair – frame reinforcing and all – but their work is impeccable, as we’ve seen with two previous chairs). The current fabric is in overall great condition, but the yellow satin-like material is certainly not our style. The skirt at the bottom will also go, and luckily, the legs are perfect! As for colors, Scott and I have both been leaning towards something bold – it was our original intention ever since we painted our living room such a pale blue-gray. Think: inky blue, charcoal or emerald. We think.

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Now for the most excruciating part of all – the wait. We’ve made a date to scour our favorite Chicago textile outlet, but we’ve also considered purchasing velvet from West Elm as we have in the past – but that comes with a 4-6 week turnaround (ouch!). Add that to a few weeks for the upholstery itself, and we’ve come to grips with the fact that we will not, in fact, be watching the hockey playoffs from our new couch.

But! We think it will be totally worth the wait. Consider this couch falling under the make our hearts happy promise.

  • Traci - March 25, 2014 - 8:21 AM

    I really like the shape of it. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - March 25, 2014 - 8:38 AM

    I cannot wait to see this upholstered, especially since you’re going bold. It’s just gorgeous already (even with that not-great fabric), so I know it will be fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - March 25, 2014 - 8:38 AM

    Before I even read your options, I was thinking how gorge that would look in a deep navy. Yum.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 8:51 AM

      We are all about navy these days. The doors, the couch… we will see!ReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - March 25, 2014 - 8:39 AM

    I was so hoping you would choose a dark gray color! I think it’ll be such a statement pieceReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 8:51 AM

      Exactly! We can’t wait to get this underway!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - March 25, 2014 - 9:01 AM

    Kim,
    That sofa is glorious! I love it and can’t wait to see it draped in some luxe velvet. I wanted to pass on an online shop that I used when I recovered an old wingback chair. I bought the most beautiful midnight blue velvet from them and I couldn’t have been happier with the product.

    http://www.housefabric.com/ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 2:56 PM

      AAH! Thank you, thank you!ReplyCancel

    • tia - March 26, 2014 - 12:25 PM

      Heather, which velvet did you buy from house fabric? I am looking for a navy or dark blue velvet. Thanks!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 26, 2014 - 12:31 PM
        • tia - March 26, 2014 - 12:39 PM

          that is nice! i wish their samples cost a little less.ReplyCancel

          • Kim - March 26, 2014 - 12:50 PM

            Tia, I completely agree. I was surprised they were $5/ea! At the same time, Scott reminded me that a few samples would still be worth it for the hefty cost of upholstering an entire sofa though. (I hate it when he’s right, ha!)ReplyCancel

      • heather - April 8, 2014 - 2:59 PM

        Sorry about the delay. I have been on vacation and not keeping up with “my blogs”. The velvet I ordered was called Geneva Midnight. I don’t see it on their website, currently.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - March 25, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    I’m so excited and can’t wait to see what fabric you choose. I’m posting a ton of pictures of our lovely-lines-but-needs-redone sofa on Thursday!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 9:50 AM

      Ack, I can’t wait to see it!ReplyCancel

  • Lydia - March 25, 2014 - 10:33 AM

    I just had 3 chairs recovered at Covers Unlimited too. They are amazing! Good Luck!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - March 25, 2014 - 10:48 AM

    So sorry I missed you and Scott, Kim! I LOVE that sofa! Yay! It will be gorgeous in whatever fabric/color you pick! I think I know the chair Scott couldn’t live without too (which I also LOVE). Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - March 25, 2014 - 11:36 AM

    i immediately thought navy… the couch is a gorgeous shape. cannot wait to see what y’all choose!ReplyCancel

  • angela - March 25, 2014 - 12:10 PM

    I cannot wait to see the final result! What an amazing shaped sofa!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-ThreeReplyCancel

  • ashley @ sunnysideshlee.com - March 25, 2014 - 12:12 PM

    it’s sad that I didn’t even know this place existed! I literally live across the street!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 12:14 PM

      Ashley, go! Go now! (Well, go on Friday when they’re open!) This coming weekend, everything will be 80% off as they prepare for their move into a new space.ReplyCancel

  • alexis - March 25, 2014 - 12:19 PM

    I was so excited and inspired when I saw you guys post this on instagram!
    I rent, but my landlord finally agreed to pull up the 5 year old carpet and refinish the hardwood floors that were underneath. This has inspired a ton of other home improvement projects I’ve wanted to tackle; repainting, building new shelving, redoing my craft space, buying/refinishing furniture, painting the kitchen cabinets, and on and on and on.
    Thanks for the continual inspiration :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan - March 25, 2014 - 1:22 PM

    Oh – Go emerald!! I love it, and love the legsReplyCancel

  • Rachel H - March 25, 2014 - 1:45 PM

    I love it! Have you thought of dying the current fabric to enjoy it now before you recover it? It could also help you decide on a color! I saw where Kara Paslay dyed a couch emerald on her blog. Can’t wait to see what you decide!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 2:13 PM

      Oh, wow! If we weren’t ready to go full steam ahead, I bet that would be a great in-the-meantime solution! I’ll have to check out what Kara did. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa B. - March 25, 2014 - 3:08 PM

    This sofa is/will be amazing, I can picture it already! Another fabric source option: http://www.modern-fabrics.com ! They have a brick-and-mortar shop in Charlotte, NC as well. Both the web and actual shop have a ridiculous selection of reclaimed (but unused) commercial and decorator upholstery fabrics. Some of the fabrics are considerably less expensive, some are still a splurge. Hope it helps for this or future projects!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 25, 2014 - 3:14 PM

      Thank you! Loving the suggestions.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Smith | Fox & Willow - March 26, 2014 - 2:28 PM

    Can’t wait to see what this will look like in the end! I have an old chair that is just waiting to be redone, I can not decide on the fabric!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - March 26, 2014 - 6:54 PM

    Such an awesome sofa! It
    I went to an auction 3 years ago and they were selling a sofa just like this in canary yellow velvet. Nobody wanted it and it sold for $15 in awesome condition. I wanted it so badly but had nowhere to put it. I still think of it all the time ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 26, 2014 - 6:58 PM

      I just had a heart attack.ReplyCancel

  • Upgrading the upstairs sofa | - March 27, 2014 - 9:32 AM

    […] anyone else taken the upholstery plunge? (It seems to be the season for it based on Yellow Brick Home’s recent find.) What piece did you get done? Were you surprised by the variance in quotes? Did you have trouble […]ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - March 27, 2014 - 8:03 PM

    Just came across your blog and I have to say you have a winner there in that couch! I love the tufting and the enormity of it! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. We currently have an old chesterfield couch in our garage awaiting for us to pull the plug on reupholstering it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 28, 2014 - 8:44 AM

      Good luck with it! I bet it will be gorgeous all spiffed up.ReplyCancel

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DIY Salvaged Wood Shelves In 10 Steps

For such a teeny space, the studio workroom is taking a little longer to pull together than I thought it would. Most of the odds and ends needed for the room have been ordered, but I still have some basket-buying and crate-wrangling to do to keep everything organized. The good news though? The Varde has been put together – and now, we have shelves!

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For now, I dug a few supplies out of their moving boxes and gathered some of my favorite art that has been sitting in piles since, oh, last July (so sad!). The upper shelf is purely decorative, but the lower shelf will be much more filled with daily use items in time – packing supplies, etc. It’s not there yet, and all those miscellaneous items will evolve as the room unfolds (what will go in the Varde? What will sit up top? What will live in the actual studio?) – but the important thing is that we have shelves at all!

They’re made from our stash of 100-year-old+ reclaimed 2×4 studs from this very house (lovingly pulled out by these two during the deconstruction!), showing subtle cracks, hammer marks and old pock marks from nails – and I absolutely love them.

SUPPLIES USED FOR TWO 12″ x 66″ SHELVES:
6 – salvaged wood 2x4s, 6′ each
4 – 5/16″ x 12″ threaded rods
8 – 1/4″ washers
8 – 5/16″ lock nuts
4 – 10″ L brackets
32 – #10 washers
16 – 1 1/2″ wood screws
Sandpaper (coarse-medium grit)
Wood stain (Jacobean)
Polycrylic (satin)
Spray paint (optional)
Toggle bolts / anchors

TOOLS USED:
Miter saw
Circular saw (for fine tuning)
Socket wrenches
Drill + paddle bit (3/4″)
Hammer
Hacksaw (for fine tuning)
Power sander
Brush/rag for wood stain
Brush for Polycrylic

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ONE. Scott picked out six of the better 2x4s we’ve been storing in our garage, we cleaned them up (pulling out any remaining screws and nails) and cut them down to 66″ lengths on the miter saw. We decided on a depth of 12″, so there would be three 2x4s per shelf. Note: If you’re going for the same weathered and loved look, visit your local salvage shop for reclaimed 2x4s.

TWO. Unlike Jack’s pet food station, rather than Kreg jig our 2x4s together, Scott suggested we thread them together with a rod – especially since they would be so long. (All said and done, the threaded rod, washer and lock nuts will keep your boards together tightly.) To do this, we measured the two points where our threaded rod would go on all three of the 2x4s.  In our case, we marked a point 2″ in from each end. Note: If using salvaged wood, make sure the heights are all the same. Really old salvaged wood should be legitimately 2″x4″ as opposed to modern 2x4s which are only 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

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THREE. After our marks were made, we used a 3/4″ paddle drill bit to allow the nut and washer we’d be using (soon) to be countersunk into the 2×4. For the nut and washer to be completely flush with the 2×4, we needed the depth of the counter sink to be 1/2″ – you can see that we taped off the 1/2″ mark so we knew where to stop. Note: You will be making your marks and drilling through the 2″ side of your 2×4, not the longer 4″ side. You will only need to countersink the outside 2x4s.

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FOUR. Next, Scott used a 5/16″ drill bit to drill through those same marks, making sure to go all the way through the 2×4 and, most importantly, keeping his drill bit as straight as possible – that’s the real challenge. If you’re off by a small amount, don’t sweat it; the beauty is in the imperfections, right? Bonus: if you have access to a drill press, you’ll get the most accurate opening for your threaded rod.

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FIVE. Now we were able to bring all three 2x4s together using the threaded rod, 1/4″ washers and lock nuts. We used a hammer to gently tap the threaded rod through, then on each end of the shelf and front and back, we topped the thread with a washer and lock nut. Using a socket wrench on each side, Scott tightened everything down, while I tried to guide the three boards together. Your threaded rod will likely be a little longer than your shelf (it was for us), so if you like that look, go with it – but make sure it’s only on the front side! But if you’re looking for a flush finish (like we were), use a hacksaw to cut down the rod. And if you’re building two shelves like we did, repeat the above steps for shelf #2! Note: If the ends of your shelves aren’t perfectly lined up, you could use a circular saw to shave off any planks that are too long.

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SIX. With our shelves built, it was time to sand, sand, sand! I used our mouse sounder first with coarse 60 grit paper and followed that up with 120 grit. The goal wasn’t to get a perfectly smooth finish (since that would take away from the ‘salvaged’ look), rather, I simply focused on getting off the splinters and overall burrs.

SEVEN. I used one coat of Minwax stain in Jacobean to darken the shelves back up, and the following day I applied just one coat of Polycrylic in a satin finish. (I’m usually Team 3 Coats!, but these shelves are super hearty. I wasn’t going for the super slick, super smooth finish that we usually aim for.)

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EIGHT. We wanted to use 10″ L brackets to lend to the whole industrial sort-of-rough vibe of the salvaged wood, but we didn’t love the aluminum finish. I used Rustoleum’s flat white spray paint + primer to get a look more up my alley, then touched up the screw heads with my spray painting trick (dabbing the exposed screw heads with the same flat white spray paint) after the install – which, by the way, took a lot of coats and a lot of patience. Lesson learned: If I had a do-over, I would spray the washers and screws separately, then follow it up with the touch up paint. (Of course, you could also use any brackets you’d like that would avoid this step altogether!)

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NINE. Now, we were on to the install! We used two toggle bolts per support to install the L brackets due to the weight of the shelves, and the remaining holes in the L brackets got regular metal anchors. Because the size of the holes in the L brackets are larger than a typical screw head, we added #10 washers to keep the screws secure. As for the actual installation, we attached the brackets to the wall first, laid our shelf on top, then screwed into them from the bottom with more #10 washers and 1 1/2″ wood screws. (True story: This step took us several hours of measuring – there is not a single right angle in any room of this home! Our measurements were mostly accurate and somewhat eyeballed, too.)

TEN. Okay, this step is technically a freebie – by the time we finished it was late in the evening, but by the next morning, we were able to see the shelves in daylight and truly enjoy them!

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We could not be happier that we decided to stash away all of the old 2x4s we pulled down from beneath these walls (and we still have a lot left!). There’s something so sweet about being able to use them again – but for the first time in over 100 years, they’re no longer hidden behind a sheet of drywall.

I imagine that the workroom will still look drastically different once we makeover and finish up the Varde (which will be getting the same dark stained top and a bit of color for the base!), lay down a rug and finally (finally!) organize all my stuff – shipping boxes, painting panels and paper supplies. The thought of breaking down those cardboard moving boxes (currently housing all the things) makes my heart beat wildly.

  • Marie - March 21, 2014 - 7:57 AM

    So original and unique shelves, it’s not surprising you love them. So do I ! You must be thrilled with the studio workroom taking shape.ReplyCancel

  • Katy - March 21, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    I love them! So awesome that you were able to reuse something original to the house.

    Also, can you tell me where you got that armadillo print? I think it’s hilarious and would love one for myself.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - March 21, 2014 - 9:22 AM

    Such a creative use of old wood! When we customized our existing built-in bookcase, John incorporated some old wood boards he found in our basement when we first bought the house. It seemed kind of fitting to use wood “belonging” to the house to retrofit the built-in. You did the same thing!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 21, 2014 - 9:57 AM

      Yeah! It’s such a fun personal touch and an ode to these old homes.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - March 21, 2014 - 9:30 AM

    That is exactly what I was envisioning on the Varde looking at the photos – perfect! Knowing how much you love pink, a cheery hue would be fabulous in that white room.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - March 21, 2014 - 12:18 PM

    Love the shelves. plus that armadillo print?? amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Dave - March 21, 2014 - 5:29 PM

    The shelves look like they were built “Vargo Tuff”! Nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - March 22, 2014 - 10:41 AM

    Love how they turned out!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - March 25, 2014 - 8:14 AM

    These are beautiful! & they mean something. Great job!ReplyCancel

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