Reassembling A Library
We have painted all 1200 feet of the walls downstairs and our contractor installed new molding, which we painted a color called “peach champagne” with some friends who came to help paint and drink bellinis. Ron and Walker got the ten 16-foot pieces of molding into the basement through a window that hadn’t been opened in such a long time that opening it up broke it, so we’re getting the window glass replaced on Friday, and then we might be through with workers in the house for a while! You can see our newly white walls and the peach-colored molding here. The carpet was washed and treated (there’s no pad underneath).
Now we’re working on getting the shelves back against the walls. This means taking all the books off, moving the shelf, and then putting the books back on. The books were double and triple stacked when the water restoration people started yanking the shelves about and we started putting books in boxes, and some of the shelves were too damaged to be saved, so none of the books are in the right place, and we’re not worrying about that. If you look closely, you’ll see baseball books next to collections of 17th and 18th century literature next to 1950’s paperback science fiction.
In a few more weeks, after we get the rest of the shelves out of the middle of the room and against the walls with books in them, then we can start arranging (I mean playing with)(I mean reading) all the books.