Monday, September 29, 2008

Books, Books, and more ... yes, BOOKS!

I read somewhere that being able to multi-task is not the sign of an efficient worker, rather the sign of someone who is overwhelmed by too much. I thought at the time, "Who writes this junk!?", but as I contemplate brick patio ideas while organizing books in the new bookcase by color, singing along to music from the blog, and eating dinner I wondered, maybe they were right!

When we take on too many projects, are we doomed to complete them with less accuracy, less dedication, less enthusiasm than we would otherwise?

Take the bookcases: while trying to complete the many other tasks before me, I tried to change lack-luster, (for the lack of a better word:) busted bookcases into something substantial, beautiful, custom. All the while I was working hard at my "real" job, fall cleaning the yard and house, blogging, oh and changing the lay out of the blog. (How do you like it?)
Now, I'm not complaining but I wonder if I had taken the time to work solely on the bookcases, would they be done by now? Would the crown molding have worked out better? Would ALL of the books have fit in the shelves? "... not the sign of an efficient worker". Maybe they are right.

At any route, I hope that my less efficient style gives my readers and friends joy, and as these past few blogs have been, this one is no different. For your eyes only: ANOTHER bookcase update.

I decided that it would probably be better for me to put the books in the bookcase before faux finishing the outside of the piece for two reasons. (1) I wanted to see how much of the clay color was prominent in the back of the bookcase. Had it been too much, my planned faux finish wouldn't have worked. (2) The finish is a series of finishes, and will be delicate. I don't want to risk nicking it with a book and having to re-do the entire piece because of the lighter/darker shades that would occur in fixing one spot.

I organized them by color, and I have to say, I'm a fan of the color-code organizing. There are 446 books in that unit, and it doesn't look cluttered. Well, not to me anyway.

I used some over sized kilim floor pillows we got in Turkey for the top, and books in the center. These are the books that wouldn't fit in the bookshelf because of the large opening left for the television.


I plan on painting the first glazing product on tomorrow morning before I leave for work, as it takes about 4 hours to set up. Once I get home, I'll have no problem painting over it, and then by Wednesday - as promised - I can rub on the final glaze, and then wax for the finished look. I know you're all anxious - but don't wait til' the big reveal to leave a comment. Tell me what you think about it thus far, is it better/worse than the original picture I painted?

21 comments:

  1. I like it, Art. I think it'd look great with a faux finish, but I like it as is, too.

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  2. Wow Artie, it looks great. I am digging the layout of the books and the way you accessorized really makes it look "homey". ~ Robyn

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  3. First of all, I really like the new blog format. As for the bookcases, I'm amazed at how beautiful they came out. This now looks like a very expensive unit. You've performed a miracle in tranformation of them.

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  4. Good Morning Artie,

    I like the new look to your blog, as for the bookcase, it looks great. I'm anxious to see what you do with it next.

    'D'

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  5. Artie, though still not quite completed; you truly did an amazing job in giving the original bookcases a fresh new identity. Also I love the way you are planning to organize your reading material and accessories.

    Your new Blogging format is loooooooking REAL good!!

    Regarding multi-tasking. Different theories have been around for a very long time and most likely the debate will continue. Is it really an apititude for divided attention (a tuned skill), are women really better at it then men(fact or fiction), is it biologically influenced (the female and male Corpus Collosum are different) etc. etc. etc.
    If the "experts" can't agree, I wouldn't sweat it....smiles.
    Hope you have a super day! -Brenda-

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  6. I love your new header...you did such an amazing job designing it...it's PERFECT...not that i'm surprised in the least! The bookcase is making me so jealous. I need several about that size for our library...but alas that will wait for another decade I'm afraid. I love the color coding. I've done that on the small bookcases in my rooms and it looks so much less cluttery. You've done a superb job laying out that many books and keeping the whole thing looking beautiful! I'm sure the faux finish will be the icing on a beautiful cake!

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  7. Love the clay color Artie. I will stay tuned ( while do many other tasks, of course) for the next phase.

    Janet

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  8. Looks fantastic. Id never recognize it as the the old bookcases. Youve done a great job.
    I may have to try out that color coding. The shelves look beautiful.

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  9. Well I feel inspired Artie! I have always wanted a wall of bookshelves.... but the cost of what I want has always been prohibitive. I think you have demonstrated a way that would work for me! And it's looking fabulous!! Love the look of the color coding....Love love the touch of vintage LV *winks* I can't wait to see your final pictures. I can't imagine it looking better than it already does! Vanna

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  10. Artie.. it is certainly coming along... I'm impressed with the color coding technique.. I always do mine by authors and how I read the particular book.. ummm might have to rethink that when and if the carpet guy ever comes to lay the new carpet in the office.. but I'm definetly going to have the carpentar put some crown molding on 2 of the existing bookshelves.. I'm anxious to see your faux finish.. I think it will put the finishing touch on your already "great" project..are you going to have to empty all these out while you do your fauxing????
    Can't wait for the next installment..hugs ~lynne~

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  11. I love the way it is coming along. I do have a question...Are you faux painting the outside and not the inside?

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  12. Mmmm... I long for real wooden bookshelves. Right now all of mine are on two steel kitchen supply shelves.

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  13. It looks awesome, Artie! I cannot believe how many books you were able to cram in there and still have it looking good!

    Justine :o )

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  14. Well, you may just convince me to color code my books. I'm just afraid I wouldn't remember the color of the book and then not be able to find it if needed. Your shelves look amazing. Can't wait to see the finish on them. laurie (bargainhunr on RMS)

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  15. Your bookshelves have come a long way. They're getting there, Artie. Can't wait to see the final look!...Christine

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  16. Had to come back and see how these turned out...they look awesome! I wish I could bottle your energy! I am not worthy! :-) Susan

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  17. Artie - it looks wonderful! just wonderful- so proud of you - love the book arrangement too!!! great job!!!

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  18. Artie - it looks wonderful! just wonderful- so proud of you - love the book arrangement too!!! great job!!!

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  19. artie - i was clicking along while watching television and somehow ended up here and Oh, how you have my attention about kilims! i LOVE kilim rugs, bags, etc. and you've featured some beautiful ones here! hope all is well! glad i clicked!!!

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  20. Beautifully done. Amazing what a little forethought and molding can accomplish!

    You've many talents. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you visit me again.

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