|Original pantry with the door removed.|
|Pantry with door frame removed.|
|Spackling the drywall.|
So we were able to get it to look OK for the party, but it was far from finished. This is how the bookcase stayed for the next 4 months. One of the reasons I procrastinated so much in finishing the bookcase, aside from other projects getting in the way, was that I was planning on closing in the bottom. But then I had to cat-sit for my mom, and we realized that the bottom of the bookcase was a perfect place to put the kitty dishes. Since we're planning on getting a dog, we decided to leave it open for future doggie bowls.
The other reason I didn't want to finish it was because I needed to spackle again. I hate spackling. When I originally hammered in the shelves, the drywall moved slightly, and large cracks appeared at the back of the bookcase.
|You can kind of see the cracks from this distance.|
|And you can definitely see them up close.|
|So I finally decided to spackle.|
|And more spackle.|
|Sponging down the spackle.|
|Bookcase with 1 coat of white paint.|
|I gave the shelves 3 coats of paint on each side.|
|We picked up this rubber mat from Home Depot for $6.50.|
|We used a utility knife to cut the mat down.|
|Then we slide the mat in, and it fit!|
After we put down the mat, we added the rest of the trim and put in the shelves.
|After the trim was in, the base looked so much more finished.|
We added the books and some other knick knacks, and the bookshelf is complete!
|Finished! The streamers are for my brother's graduation party.|
|Completed built-in bookcase.|