Before & After: Book Lovers Make the Most of a Boring Basement Wall

published Nov 7, 2014
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(Image credit: Vicky Cassidy)

Vicky and her husband had this blank basement wall just crying out for some pizzazz and they knew exactly how to get it there. Hint: it has to do with one of their favorite activities.

(Image credit: Vicky Cassidy)

From Vicky:

My husband and I like to collect books. There is just something important about holding a real book in your hands, putting it on your bookshelf when you’ve finished it, and lending it to someone else if it’s worthy. We moved into our home last September and figured out pretty quickly that we wanted to make built-in bookshelves in our basement. We had a brick wall (the back of our fireplace) on which the previous owners had installed a random shelf. We tore it down and got to work.

What I thought would be a pretty straight forward project ended up being a little trickier, but we got through it. Lesson learned: nothing—-no wall, no floor, no surface—-is perfectly level in a house built almost 100 years ago. It took a little hard work and ingenuity, but we made something that’s worthy of all that wonderful literature.

See more at Things I Made Today. Thank you Vicky!