August 26th, 2009

I just couldn’t take the open bookcases anymore. I’m a retarded maniac – I know I know.

Carpenter Craig and The Boy got enlisted to install some simple finished plywood doors. How cute are they? Go awkward teamwork!

The doors still need some more finish work and I’m thinking they need some handles. Like so.


But with way less pink and more raw wood.

The other open shelving project in the living room is moving along slowly as well. Plus I think I figured out a place for the big yellow lamp…ch-ch-changes.

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  1. meohmyoh on 08/26/2009:

    I'm going to be completely honest with you… I liked them open better. They still are very nice this way, perhaps my style just leans more towards open :]

  2. Anonymous on 08/26/2009:

    I have to agree with meohmyoh…open was better. It seemed to complete the space and compliment the fireplace. and now…not so much.

  3. John on 08/26/2009:

    As long as you are happy now…

  4. Anonymous on 08/26/2009:

    Im not to sure about it being closed, maybe the wood is to light .I think if it was darker or perhaps some texure, like 3 vertical lines then i feel it would make the room seem larger. I like those handles but vertical lines may look odd because your doors are so square .I dont know ,but i do know you will doll up them hoes…

  5. Fat Cat on 08/26/2009:

    Oooh no, I really liked your open bookshelves ! And I also liked the splash of colour of your books and accessories.
    But then again, I am a major sucker for atomic kitsch…
    I suppose you are planning on painting the plywood ? Because now it looks weird.

  6. bethanelbow on 08/26/2009:

    what are you smoking?

  7. Nicole on 08/26/2009:

    I have to agree with everybody else. I liked the open shelving better. The space looks almost too sparse now with the doors.

    But, to each his own! It doesn't matter what anybody else thinks. It's your space, and you're the one that has to be happy with it.

  8. joey on 08/26/2009:

    If the doors stay, they need to be painted white. As it is now it looks like your bookshelves are preparing for a hurricane! I don't mean to be insulting at all, it's just that they don't jive with the rest of your beautiful home.

    Each bookshelf, compositionally, is divided into thirds left to right. But it's tricky because the vertical dividers don't extend all the way up. I'd install two new vertical dividers per bookshelf to properly divide the shelves into thirds (six compartments now on each side of the fireplace). That would give you surfaces to mount hinges on, and you could do three doors for each bookcase, which would be a much nicer door proportion than how it is now ( two almost-but-not-quite-square doors). And I'd paint the doors white. Maybe even do paneled doors, but flush would be quite nice also.

    I only make this suggestion because you do seem to be a bit of a perfectionist, and these plywood doors seem like a misstep.

  9. Peggy on 08/26/2009:
  10. paula on 08/26/2009:

    I like them. Your home is fabulous:)

  11. Anonymous on 08/26/2009:

    Gotta agree with the consensus here–I liked them better open. But it's your home and you need to be happy with it first and foremost.

  12. my little apartment on 08/26/2009:

    easy tigers! i bet once they're painted (are you gonna paint them white with raw wood handles? cause that sounds rad) and are nicely styled with stuff on top, they're gonna look rad.


  13. THE BRICK HOUSE on 08/26/2009:

    Jeeez, they aren't done.

    Now every time I walk in the living room I'm so much happier and feel like this weight was lifted off my unhappy brain. Then again I know the BIG plan and can envision the final results.

    I just know that when my gut tells me its right – it will probably be right. My gut never told me the bookcases were right…I had to make compromises with them and could never get them to settle in a way that felt comfortable.

  14. Juli on 08/26/2009:

    Phew…I am glad others said what I was thinking (you were so pleased with them I didn't have the heart to tell you). I really liked the open bookshelves as well. Now it seems too heavy and blocky, and takes away from your fab fireplace. Nothing against plywood, as I love that stuff. I am thinking if the doors are staying, they may need to go white like your walls. But I think you mentioned you aren't done yet, so I'll stand by with my little apartment above and see where you take those new cupboards!

  15. Juli on 08/26/2009:

    Of course you posted a comment right as I was. It's entirely possible that the photos aren't doing it justice to us readers. We aren't in your space so we can't really experience it the way you do…so if it feels right then keep to it! Open bookshelves are tough to wrangle and collect dust anyway.

  16. Anonymous on 08/26/2009:

    Here's another vote for painting them white. You could put those things on the inside that allow you to push the doors to open and close so you don't need handles, and then could put some pillows on them and make a windowseat! And/or display another lovely arrangement of your finds?

  17. Peggy on 08/26/2009:

    Morgan, I totally understand the feeling of something being not just right. You gotta work it till it is. You go, girl. Your blog is too fun.

  18. Jo in NZ on 08/27/2009:

    Me, I loved 'em open. But you have amazing style, and I trust you entirely. Must let go of pre-judgment, am telling self! Can't wait to see the end result.

  19. Anonymous on 08/27/2009:

    i just cant wait till this drama is over and see what you have in your lovely wittle brain….

  20. Adele on 08/27/2009:

    … but I can't trace time. I wish I knew a carpenter. Making the bookcases closed gives loads more scope for what could go in the fireplace I reckon. Looking forward to the next installment

  21. maya on 08/27/2009:

    yum yum, very nice, i cant wit to see ho weverything will look soon, and then what?

  22. wesley on 08/27/2009:

    seeing them closed, now all i can think about is the whole wall being open/closed bookshelves (save the windows and fireplace). but i'm slutty when it comes to shelving, so…

  23. jkc on 08/28/2009:

    I've got to go against the crowd, I'm afraid. I LOVE the doors and think they actually make the shelves fit more with the rest of your living room…that wonderful uncluttered, artfully arranged mid-century look I, with my love of things (i.e. crap) could never pull off. Can't wait to see what you do next.

  24. Jessica on 08/28/2009:

    Well, I really liked the open shelves, but you gotta do what feels right to you. I can't wait to see them all finished!

  25. mypoliticalexile on 08/28/2009:

    Like the open shelves and if you dont like the messy shelves get rid of the knick knacks and fill them up with books. Just promise me that if you keep the doors on, you put the books somewhere else..books are meant to be touched and seen and sometimes read…

  26. prettybee on 06/02/2010:

    i like them closed. u can complement with the right handles, and some decorative elements on top

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