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[Oct. 25th, 2010|10:43 am]
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I am SHIVA, Destroyer of Bookcases! FEAR ME!

Why, no, my week hasn't gotten off to a particularly good start. How's yours?

One of the fallouts of rearranging everything is that the guest room is looking exceptionally barren. One of the art pieces that used to hang in there looked awful with the new paint and found a home elsewhere. The other is a PITA to hang and so I'm procrastinating. There used to be four bookcases overbrimming with books, but because of the way we've arranged it now, there is room for only one or two. And frankly, we hadn't gotten around to tackling restoring the bookcases to their rightful place because that encompasses sorting the books that went into the basement to determine which ones should stay down there for the "rearrange it all into a library" project and which ones should come upstairs.

But we have company arriving this week, and after spending the entire weekend working nonstop on this computer, I was ready to throw a little effort into putting together the guest room. So I asked Ferrett to help me move the really tall bookcase upstairs.

We got it all the way to the bedroom, but as I was lowering the base I grabbed it by the upper side. And it sort of...disintegrated. Granted, it was cheap, screw-together furniture, but I've had plenty of cheap, screw-together furniture in my lifetime and this is the first one that ever just...blew up.

I can't be completely distraught as it was a hideously ugly bookcase. But it meant changing plans, putting a smaller bookcase in there, and then trying to choose some books that would definitely be brought upstairs and...making decor.

I'm not happy with it yet. But at least it doesn't look so much like a vacant warehouse. And I *will* get that picture on the wall....
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-10-25 02:51 pm (UTC)
My daughter is on a VERY lean budget, but needed somewhere to store her yarn stash, preferably in her tiny bedroom, where her special needs boys wouldn't disturb it. After much walking, talking and debating, she ended up with a $25 clearance bookcase at Ikea. It's tall and deep, but was apparently 'orphaned' because it's black with 'white lacy doilies' painted all over the shelves! Filled with yarn, the 'lacy stuff' can hardly be seen, and it's been nice storage for her!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 02:59 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome. Did she order it, or is there one nearby where she picked it up?
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-10-25 03:49 pm (UTC)
one nearby- Avon, Mass.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a problem. Maybe when we are up in Michigan....
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-25 03:57 pm (UTC)
As long as you're at Ikea, they have (or had) a thing, which I can't for the life of me remember the name of or locate (which is why I haven't mentioned it earlier):

It's kind of a long, low bench, I dunno, 6 or 8 feet long and just wide enough to sit on, but with cubbyholes under the bench just the right size to store shoes in. I was thinking that putting something like that near the door might be a solution to your "don't have a place to change shoes near the door" problem.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 04:22 pm (UTC)
The problem is we have no entryway to put such a bench.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-10-25 04:33 pm (UTC)
It looked, from the picture, like you had enough wall. Anyway, just throwing out an idea; if it doesn't work, you're no worse off than when you started.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 05:43 pm (UTC)
It's a much shorter section of wall than it looks in the picture, and the swing of the door takes up most of it.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2010-10-25 04:30 pm (UTC)
Book cases are things I always scour thrift stores and second hand stores for. And garage sales. Because THAT is when you may stumble upon a real, heavy duty, hard core wood one. (Plus, already put together!) Craigslist too. Every so often I check CL for odds and ends like that, things I NEED but not BADLY, to see if there is a deal worth having. Now and then it is worth it.

Man, I wish I had an Ikea near me. I think the nearest is near Chicago, about 3 hours away. Even in Madison or the Quad Cities would be nice for one. Ah well.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we are about 3 hours from the nearest Ikea, too.

And bookcase shopping is definitely in the future.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2010-10-25 04:50 pm (UTC)
i've had that happen before. usually at the worst moment. thank god those things can be replaced for $25 and a trip to wal-mart. pain in the ass though. :(
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 05:46 pm (UTC)
Exactly.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2010-10-25 06:49 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting another bookcase and finally got another this weekend. I ordered mine through Dania furniture. I was all kinds of excited. My husband was shocked that I already have it mostly filled.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-25 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, we could buy at least three more large bookcases and fill them up without even breathing hard. What we lack is wall space.
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[User Picture]From: coeli
2010-10-25 08:01 pm (UTC)
We had an overloaded bookcase of the cheap, screw-together variety spontaneously fail once. It was quite an avalanche. Fortunately, nobody was in the path of it and no irreplaceable books were damaged. Since then, we've added some reinforcement to the (equally cheap) replacement and been more careful about what we put on it (boxes of CCG cards were a major culprit).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-26 12:32 am (UTC)
I suspect its structural integrity had been compromised by overloading. If so, I'm glad we didn't get it into place and load it down with books first!
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2010-10-26 02:10 am (UTC)
eeps. I've liked it whenever I stayed in sparsely furnished guest
bedrooms. It's such a change of pace from my own cluttered home.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-26 02:42 am (UTC)
I'm working on a happy medium between sparse and barren!
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-10-26 02:36 am (UTC)
TheEngineer made a bookcase, painted it black, for the office here. he spent roughly $100 on supplies (wood and paint) and its a DAMN sturdy bookcase. solid wood, black paint, and we have a good bookcase that wont fall apart now.

guys that can make stuff from nothing? sexy, sexy!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-26 02:43 am (UTC)
That's very cool!
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[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2010-10-26 05:05 am (UTC)
My girlfriend is a very restless sleeper and is able to untuck the bottom of the sheets from the mattresses within a matter of a night or two. Thus I call her "Sheetva, destroyer of covers."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-10-26 11:42 am (UTC)
LOL! That's awesome.
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2010-11-02 10:35 pm (UTC)
When I was a child, my parents bought an antique player piano that ran on foot-power: two pedals that were very hard for a small child to push, but if we held on tight to the bottom of the keyboard (we even had a special holding spot), we could just barely do it. We grew up, my brother and I, I got the spinnet (non-player piano), and my brother got the player piano, an upright behemoth. He kept it in his basement, then when his family was moving, it stayed in a garage for, I think, a couple seasons. (If you know pianos, you probably know where I'm going.)

When my brother moved to his current house, he and his wife decided to give away or donate the piano. They told the recipients where it was and told them that if they could move it, they could keep it. (This is the same piano that liked to smash windows, but that's neither here nor there.) When the reicpients tried to load it onto a trailer, it rolled off and exploded. It must've hit the pavement just right, but the months (probably years) of fluctuating temperature and humidity turned it from a wood-and-iron insturment into a rolling timebomb. :) Nobody was hurt, but the recipients were mortified that they'd broken the piano. :D

I bet it was a right mess to clean up, too. *impish grin*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-02 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yeow, that must have been alarming, and upsetting. Some folks down the street from us threw away a piano (you can put ANYTHING on the curb here and the trash man will take it), and even though it was badly broken I STILL felt the impulse to take it in.

Still, the visual is kind of funny. And I bet they were finding bits of it for quite some time.
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