I have been looking for some shelving units for our living room. Something large scale that can go on each side of the window. I want to house all of our books, magazines, photo frames, etc in one place. I also want to mount our flat screen between two shelves and set the components on the shelf below. In a nutshell, I want to organize all of the clutter in our room and make it look purposeful and organized.
So I stumbled across a shelving unit from Design Within Reach. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Design Within Reach is not actually within reach. To accomplish the set up I'm going for it would cost nearly $3K. Yama hama! So I called a couple of local carpenters to see how much it would cost to have it built from scratch.... only to find I wouldn't be saving all that much. So I decided this is the perfect opportunity for a DIY project.
Over Labor Day weekend I was visiting my parents in northern Wisconsin. My dad and I went to the lumber yard and picked out some pretty cedar pieces. The lumberjack working there was nice enough to cut the pieces to the exact size I need. My dad was nice enough to stain all of the wood to look like the photos I showed him. And now Jack will be nice enough to cut the notches and mount the pieces to the wall.