The old shelves were made out of wire with the plastic coating on them so placing small items on top was an issue since they would fall right through. Here they are before, I started dismantling them before I grabbed the camera but you can see the shelves off to the side and one still in the bookcase. I am not sure what part the cement looking contact paper played on the bottom shelf but needless to say, that is now gone!
Thank goodness for our amazing friend next door with his handy saw and nail gun (I must have a nail gun by the way), this project went off with only minor measurement hitches (that was my fault by the way, nothing is straight in these old houses!). Other than that this project took a couple hours and...TA DAAAAA!
I am so happy with how this turned out and on Monday I will show you a tutorial on how we hung the shelves using pretty molding rather than the brackets that the home improvement stores insisted I use, I am so thankful that was not my only option! What do you think? Would you have tried to use this space for something else or keep the built in?
See you swoon,