A pair of simple, classic Shaker bookcases—
–in the beginning (below upper right corner), and later, moved together in construction and altered by the addition of reeded pilasters with plinth blocks, and crown & base moldings. And lighting.
But you know what? I just NEVER felt satisfied. Years of thinking about their change, many sketches, a collection of architectural items—just lead back to ANOTHER version of simple and classic!
This LAST DESIGN~I’m happy.
So on Wednesday, I cleaned the shelves of all the family pictures. I stripped down all the embellishments and carried the bookshelves outside to work on their last makeover—!
We’ve been in a veritable heatwave and all the snow is melted -which let me lay them out on the driveway on their backs to more easily work out all those details!
Here, all the facing of the Shaker style is removed-
First was to create the new pilasters—flea market bed posts, actually!
Cutting it in half. I used a long board to guide the post going through the table saw. The posts are tapered so I added a piece at the top to keep it centered while going through the blade.
Now split, I laid them out to figure out how high or how low to position them. I decided to line them up –balance them– with the last shelf, which leaves 17½” for the bottom plinth block.
Next~ the new header. I had 10″ to play with -top of the bookcase to ceiling, so I ripped a board 67½” × 10″.
A N D I played with the positioning of the arched casing. I could just cut the board to the arched form OR I could create a split pediment—uh huh!
I finished the day cutting/making all the other small parts/details that will make this new design complete. BUT, I loaded all of it to take to the strippers in the morning to have them stain the key parts for me. There are multiple woods that need to match, and I’m no staining expert. The interior and shelves will be painted.
While the guys work their expert stain magic for me, I’ll be painting the last wall from behind the shelving. AND I’ll work on updating some of the family photos displayed there!