Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Bar

What I failed to tell you in my A post is that I'm participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge. I guess you picked up on that. I've done this for three or four years now and I look forward to every April. I'd made up my mind last year that I would blog about our renovation project. I'm off to a shaky start. Can't help but wish I'd done some pre-planning, but anyway... today B is for Bar.

While in Oklahoma where hubby was on a temporary job assignment, we told a friend there that we planned to renovate our home here in Louisiana. Our friend responded with,  “I’d rather stick a pencil in my eye than renovate.” Ouch! That scared us but we went ahead anyway. Believe me when I say his words have come back to us over and over again during the past year.

My A post was about taking action and I shared my long list of projects. One of those projects was turning our wet bar into floor to ceiling book cases. We’re really bad at our house when it comes to flat surfaces. We pile things on them.  You can see here what I mean. We just pile things ... higher and higher and higher. Okay, I pile things--not hubby.

The contractor and his boys had fun tearing things out. They weren't shy about slinging their sledge hammers. Within moments we had a blank space. A few days later--voila! Book cases.

The thing is the book cases never quite made it to the ceiling. And no, I can’t stack books on the very top because there’s no flat surface, but I can hide them IN the top. Every time I look at my beautiful shelves, I become so disgruntled because I know in a few years, I’ll have so much dust collected in those empty tops that I’ll probably be able to grow plants.

What should I have done? Demanded he tear off the top and take the shelves to the ceiling? I’m not that confrontational. Why couldn’t he have done what I asked in the first place? If you ever have book cases built (or anything else for that matter) make certain he understands exactly what you want. Though for the life of me, I can’t imagine why he was so confused: floor to ceiling means … touch the floor and touch the ceiling. Doesn’t it?

Tomorrow I get to tell you all about my contractor. That’ll be a trip. J


Chrys Fey said...

They still look good though. I wish I had book cases like that! :)

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Keebles said...

Congrats on the bookshelves...they are gorgeous (even if they don't go all the way up!).

Charles Gramlich said...

Maybe only writers really know what floor to ceiling means!

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Keebles, I'm proud of them but they're filled and I need MORE!!

Charles, you might be right. :( Didn't think of that.

emilia.m said...

loving the bookshelves! :)

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Love those shelves though! Even if they don't touch the ceiling.

Mary Aalgaard said...

They really do look great. You're the only one who will know all the treasures and dust hiding up there!
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Gregg Metcalf said...

What I would give for those book cases. They look great! I'll take 8.

MS said...

Very frustrating for sure, but what great shelves !

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TaMara Sloan said...

I love those, even if they don't quite reach the ceiling.

Elizabeth said...

Those book cases are very nice, but I know what you mean about the dust. I hate when I put my hand up on the top of my shelf trying to find something and that instant dirty feeling, ugh!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have a lot of remodeling going on. :-) Hanging out with you from a-z!