Check out our nice new bookcase!
Custom-made by A Cut Above Joinery*. A huge shout-out to John, who did a fantastic job! He really cared about making this the best bookcase in the world, and he was deeply into the "cool factor" of it.
*linking 'cause I love supporting local craftsmen!
Cool because...it's a secret door!
|L peeking out from the library room behind it|
Go here to A Cut Above's Facebook link to see a video of John being very excited and testing the door's motion. You have to see it open!
Okay, now here's how it looks now.
We decorated it with some of our graphic novels and gothic horror novels, as well as drinking accoutrements, and other nerdy-cool things. We made sure that an extra-strong hinge rated for a very high weight load (600+ lbs) was used, both to support the weight of the bookcase itself (which is made from solid cherry wood), and whatever we store in/on it.
Here's what the end of our dining room looks like (um, we don't dine - we don't have a dining room table!), facing away from our living room, and looking into the library through the open bookcase.
|I drew that picture of the girl when I was in high school.|
Why did we do this? Not to build a panic room, or a safe room, but because our neighbour's bedroom is right up against the back of our library wall. We know that our loud music/movies bugs him sometimes, and aside from this just being the Coolest Thing Ever, we wanted to have a stronger baffle for the noise. This did the job beautifully!
What did it look like before? Well, I don't take many pictures in the dining room area because it doesn't have great light, but these ones are from when L and I painted the place pale yellow and had the new flooring put down in the summer of 2009.
The library entrance was just a gap in in the walls. It's nice to have the extra room, but really, we store our books there.
Another look into the library, mid-reno.
We ended up putting up a curtain rod, and buying a set of really thick velvet curtains across the gap. They were not much for soundproofing.
This is a picture of me a couple of years ago, where you can see the blue velvet curtain pulled aside behind me, looking into the library.
Vizzini really liked to attack the curtains, so they were getting a little hole-y.
We searched a long time for a carpenter who wanted to take on this project. I will warn you if you ever consider something like this: it was not cheap.
Vizzini was a cowardly kitty and hid the entire time.
|"I claim these mats."|
A closer look at some of the details. The lower portions were made as functional cupboards for storage.
The top of it:
Each of the three sets of shelving in each third is adjustable, to whatever height needed.
|Before the top was finished; you can see the rosette on the right shelf.|
The door is held shut by magnets along the left side. A gentle but firm push is all that's needed to open it, and the door makes no noise. Smooth all the way!
We stored away our DVD collection in the bottom cupboards.
We're still rather attached to some of our movies, but we don't use them often, so better to be stored away.
I love the eclectic mix of goodies on the shelving.
- Martini glasses, shaker, pitcher and some vintage erotica and pin-up books.
- Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" graphic novels and a gargoyle cat bookend figure (one of a pair).
- Dragon candleholder and one of L's dioramas that he painted/made (featuring a vampire carriage).
- Gothic horror, Lovecraft, Poe - an assortment of graphic novels and books.
- My 1910 volume of Shakespeare with L's acting trophy from high school, along with a collection of dystopian fiction.
- My leather and brass gauntlet, plus some Dumas and "Morte d'Arthur".
- A lizard climbing out of a book figure; our newly-painted-miniature display case.
- A mix of vintage glassware.
- "The Invisibles" graphic novel series, my Victoria Junior Stamp Club trophy, my Golum limited edition figure, and an Edward Gorey-illustrated copy of "The War of the Worlds."
- D&D drinking mugs; the "Preacher" series of graphic novels.
- Two dragon figure dioramas (the big one painted by L, the little green one painted by me), on top of a first edition of "The Silmarillion."
- "The Walking Dead" graphic novel series, and the other cat gargoyle bookend.
Another bookcase and my limited edition Smaug gargoyle (locally-made, same artist as the Golum figure above).
You can see the slight gap for the door to swing open. We leave it open during the day for Vizzini but close it at night when we're home.
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our awesome new home addition!