Tony’s Projects

People often ask me what Tony’s projects around the house are. He usually gets stuck with the ones that seem much less glamorous, like removing wood rot, installing siding, and patching holes in the wall. Honestly, I don’t think he minds these jobs though, because he gets to use all his tools! However, there has been one project that’s excited him since the moment we walked into this house: his Library! When Lowe’s had a sale on pre-fab cabinets, Tony had a good reason to begin phase one of the Library Project.

Here’s a view of what was probably originally the front parlor of the house. It’s a pretty basic room… at least it was!
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He pulled off those big, beautiful baseboards in order to make room for the base of what will become the library bookshelves. There aren’t many closets in our old house, so I insisted that we have cabinets on the bottom for more storage. Here you can see some of the original plaster and lath that was left behind when the rest of the walls were replaced with sheet rock.

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Tony bought the wall cabinets and built a frame from 2x4s to set them on. Normally that would be a pretty easy job, but in a house where nothing is level or straight, it proved to be a much more challenging task than expected. Several hours, and several packages of shims later, and they were good to go!

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In addition to installing the cabinets, Tony raised an outlet to counter height and ran electricity so that we can put lights above the bookshelves.

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Apparently some creative ingenuity was needed when running the lines to the top of the wall, so Tony went “fishing” for them.

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Once the install was done, it was time to trim, paint, and stain.

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And here’s the (semi) finished product.

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I say semi because there obviously need to be bookshelves installed!

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But this project is in a place where it looks pretty good and can be left for now so that we can start on our first really BIG project – a second full bathroom upstairs so guests don’t have to use ours!

As the library develops over time, I’ll let you all know!

Thanks to Tony’s brother, Ben, and dad, Ron, for their help with the cabinet install and for taking the pictures for me!

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3 Responses to Tony’s Projects

  1. Beth and Bob says:

    Absolutely breathtaking! He is a handy guy to have around!! Awesome, thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Pam McNicoll says:

    I love the library!! Way to go Tony and Lindy! House is looking like a home!! YOUR home!!
    I am sooo proud of both of YOU!
    Love, Mom

  3. Nancy Kline says:

    So impressed, Tony. Your house is looking so pretty. Great job in the Library!

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