Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Dining Room Shelves

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas.  We did here at the Homestead.  It wasn't until the next day Steve got really sick and the day after that I came down with it.  I didn't get out of bed for almost 2 days.  Of course now my kid's are getting it.  Thank goodness they don't have school!  The great thing about it is that Steve is a day ahead of me feeling better and I came home from work yesterday to a clean house and he even did my laundry!  I was so surprised!!!! So today I'm going to take it easy and maybe do some crafting.  I have a few projects started waiting to be finished.

Anyway, I had a question about my shelves in the dining room from one of you so I figured I would do a quick post on it so everyone could see. 

I bought this shelving unit at an antique store for less than $30.  I figured I couldn't pass it up because I wanted the "buttery" look at the time for my kitchen and this was perfect.  It already looked old and I didn't have to wait for Steve to build it. Needless to say it's not in my kitchen and it's not really looking like a buttery now. lol.

The overall height is 58 3/4 inches tall by 46 3/4" wide by 11 5/8" deep.  It seems pretty tall, but for me it wasn't quite tall enough so I put a riser under it.  It's the green thing under it.  Plus I didn't think the bottom shelf flat on the floor looked quite right. Now, I must tell you that this is actually two pieces.  It's a top and bottom as you can see in the picture below.  The top is 32" tall and the bottom is 26 3/4" tall. 

Oh and I have to say the height is from the bottom to the top of the back edge.  The top is a bit tapered.

The shelves on the top part are spaced about 11 7/8 inch apart and they are about 7/8 inch thick wood. If you look in the second picture up top the bottom shelves are spaced about 12 1/8 inch apart. The same thickness of wood was used at 7/8 inch.

I LOVE my shelves, however, they don't back up right against the wall because of my baseboards.  There is always the chance of something falling behind it.  That being said I like the color of my walls as the backdrop.  I also like it being in two pieces for ease of moving.  You all know I move my furniture around a lot.  So, if you are looking at building or buying something like this keep this in mind.  I hope this helped :-)

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year.  I know I won't be able to post before then since I am working New Year's Eve.  I'm hoping my next post will be a How To make your own fishtail swag window covering.  I have also had a question on that too.  So keep your questions coming :-)  I'm happy to help if I can.

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Sheila said...

Hi Mary,
sorry to hear you all have been sick. Seems like lots of folks have been down with something these days. Hopefully you all will be better by the start of 2013!
Really like the shelving and display. I have one similar that Tom built back in '76 before we got married. I need to have him re-design it so I can use it again. Not doing any good in storage!
Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hope you are all feeling better soon..

annie said...

hope you all feel better quickly, so kind of him to clean up. love the shelves, I hate moving big pieces of furniture! looking forward to your next post!
Happy new Year Mary!

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Mary! Sorry you have all been sick...that Steve sure is a keeper--he always seems to do sweet surprises for you! Your shelves look like an extra tall crock bench. If you wanted it to fit tighter to the wall, Steve could notch out where the baseboards go. I think it looks great though and holds so much great stuff!! Happy New Year! ---Jan

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Very beautiful !

bisous from France