This has probably been in the making for 4 months now. I had this grand plan in my head to change my bedroom room because it just wasn't working for me. It felt too set up for a bedroom, and I felt I could use the space a little better.
My plans were to add shelving to get my books displayed properly (and have a chance to up my #shelfie game), and to add a desk in the corner. I love that I have a scrapbooking closet, but who wants to actually scrapbook in a closet? I thought a closet would be so great! Which, if I didn't really have the space, then I would suck it up and count my blessings (clearly, I know this is 100% a #firstworldproblem).
But, little did I realize - which, should be the title to my memoir - I love natural light! I need natural light!
With the room rearranged, I now have room for a desk. Which, has yet to be built, but you can't tell in these professional stylized photos, huh? ;) When it does get built (hoping by the end of the summer) you'll be the first to know!
I was inspired to build these shelves from Elise's blog here. I love the simplicity, the fact that you're building the shelves, and the fact that they are extremely versatile! If I don't like the shelving arrangement, I can change it. If I don't like the placement, I can change it. If I move from this apartment, I can take these shelves with me and place them in a new apartment.
It took me awhile to build these simple shelves, simply because Home Depot does not cut wood in Manhattan. How is this possible?! How do you Manhattanites survive? Oh, you call your personal lumber consultant? Okay, I'll just hide here in my frugal DIY hut (all jokes!).
There was a Dykes Lumber Shop on 44th &9th, with the operative word being was. They have the worst hours: 7:30-4pm weekdays, and 7:30-1pm Saturdays, closed Sundays. It seemed like every Saturday I had something to do, so I could never make the time. One Saturday, I had no plans and I actually made moves to be out of the apartment by 1pm. This was a rare occurrence my friends. I then proceeded to walk the whole 10 blocks down to the lumber store, only to find it CLOSED. CLOSED! How could it be closed on the ONE day that I made it there? After a rather annoyed phone call to Dykes, they informed me that they moved to East Harlem about a month ago. They moved?! I know!! How unfair!! Why up and move your business to East Harlem without an update on Yelp, or even a sign on the door?!?!
I'm pretty sure I gave up after that, and went back to my apartment to take a nap. When NYC kicks your ass, best to take that ass back home to sleep and rewake up.
SO, since Home Depot doesn't cut wood in the Manhattan, and Dykes Lumber was out of my area, I had to trek it to the Queen's Home Depot. Queens! Actually, it really wasn't that bad. I had the sweetest lumber guy who cut my wood for me, and helped me pick out wood for me desk top. He even helped arrange a 30% discount, which homegirl is always happy with a discount. This polka dot dress wearing girl carrying stacks of wood got quite a few "uh, does she know she's in Home Depot?" stares. But lest you be concerned, I knew exactly what I was doing. And if I didn't, I was man enough to ask for it ;)