Two college students in one apartment with no bookshelf in sight leaves for mass chaos. It all started with this…
This is what two law students are capable of doing to an apartment during final exams. Everything on the island was from exams, but everything on the table had managed to find a permanent home there. I thought I was going to lose my mind among all that clutter. I began by clearing everything away and moving the table to the opposite wall. I decided I wanted a shelf on the newly empty wall – a sort of “landing spot” for school supplies and books.
I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money, and I was officially cut off from making any more Ikea purchases (“I don’t want our apartment looking like an Ikea catalog.”). I have seen bookshelves made from cinderblocks, but saw two problems with this approach. 1) Cinder blocks are 16 inches tall. This is just too big for the kind of shelf I wanted. 2) When I think of cinder block shelves I flash back to college dorm and fraternity rooms. So, on a cold December day, I wandered the garden department at Home Depot. I found pavers that were about 2x5x8 for the rectangles and 2x4x4 for the squares. Perfect!
I had some pine 1x10s cut 40-inches long. Luckily, we have been blessed with an incredibly warm winter so far in Minnesota. I was able to stain the wood out on my patio, although I’m sure the neighbors were wondering what this crazy chick was doing. I must admit, my setup was a bit odd. I thought the white trash bags gave an extra classy touch.