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Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Library Love


I love the feeling of progress being made, no matter how small, & we've recently made some progress in the library that involved removing several boxes of books that have been just sitting there for the past year & a half, waiting for some built-in bookshelves to magically appear. Since I can't find my magic wand, and I haven't been able to convince my husband to spend the money to have the book shelves built anytime soon, I was able to convince him to at least move them to storage. (Yay!!!)

Plus, it also helped that we recently acquired this little piece, which is actually not so little:


I honestly couldn't have even imagined a better file cabinet for this library & I wasn't even really looking for one. But, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of ours asked my husband if we wanted to have it (yes, it was FREE), & he brought it home one day to my absolute elation.

You know I am normally pretty good about showing you "before" pics when I do furniture re-do's, but my husband was so excited about this one, he actually had it cleaned up & moved in before I even had a chance to snap some pics.

He didn't have to do a lot to it. It was just dusty & the finish was dulled, so he cleaned it up & then used some Minwax Finishing Paste & it turned out perfectly.


Did I mention I love this piece in here?


It goes so well with my other new element in the room for which I have many of you to thank! So here's a big fat "thank you" to those of you who signed up for Ebates at my recommendation several months ago. The bonuses I received from those of you who signed up, combined with the cash back I received from my online Christmas shopping was just enough money for me to buy this new rug for the library. In fact, I had exactly 60¢ left over after the purchase. Love that! So, thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm loving it. What do you think?



Several of you have told me how thrilled you are to have found Ebates & you've been racking up your own bonuses by telling your friends about it! And just in case you missed that post about signing up, you can sign up anytime by clicking here.

In other library news, I've been dating this little lamp for a few days (read more about my dating history here), but I'm getting ready to break it off. I just think I'm needing a little more color in my life for this desk. Black desk + black chair + black lamp = too much black. Don't you agree?



Let me know what you think of my latest progress! If you want to see other projects I've done in this room, click here. And check out some of these sites I'm linking to.


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27 comments:

  1. It is a great looking cabinet, Julie! I'm sure it has quite a history, too!

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  2. oh my...so jealous of that GORGEOUS CABINET....really I am thrilled for your great deal! AWESOME!

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  3. That cabinet is so beautiful. I love pieces that are left in their original state. The rug deal is amazing and so is how it looks in the room . I am with ya on the lamp, I think you should break up and go for a younger splashy version.

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  4. beautifully wonderful piece of furniture. Such a treasure!

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  5. I love that space... like a dream for someone that enjoys to write and read, especially with so much natural light coming through. That is a lot of black, but if you like it that's all that matters!

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  6. Ohh... I am SO droolin' over that file cabinet. One like that has been on my 'to find' list for a while now. Beautiful piece... wonderful gift! :)

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  7. I just love old library pieces! Very nice.

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  8. omg the cabinet is fabulous. you lucky lucky woman!

    just the sound of "library" puts me in a good mood...sigh!

    michele

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  9. Love it!! Where did you buy that desk lamp--the tag look familiar--but my brain isn't totally functioning and I am looking for a good desk lamp!! I am bringing home an old school desk from my sister's school here in Ma. back to Ohio this weekend to refinish for Evan's office!

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  10. what a gorgeous piece...and free? you lucky girl...love how it looks in the room...thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!

    blessings,

    alison

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  11. the filing cabinet is perfect! Love the look ~

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  12. Oh, I am IN LOVE! That cabinet is amazing and I want one immediately! Ha Ha
    The whole office has such a calm and serene vibe-very jealous...if someone saw where I work they would cry!

    Kim
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  13. I want a friend like that! You scored! It looks beautiful.

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  14. No way! FREE?? Really? How did you ever get so lucky, that is a BEAUTIFUL piece! I'd be thrilled to have you link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-10.html

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  15. FREE! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! My sister and I just found some card catalogs at a local thrift store but they werent free ;) Your is gorgeous!

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  16. That piece is perfect and the fact that it was free is amazing. What a great library. Visiting over from SNS at FJI.

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  17. That hardware! If that file cabinet were mine, I'd kiss it! It's gorgeous.

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  18. What a piece! So rich and vintage, just gorgeous. And then let's just talk about your ROOM. Wow. The space must be incredible to work/play in.

    Donna

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  19. That file cabinet is gorgeous. Jealous!

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  20. That is one BEAUTIFUL piece of furniture! Lucky girl.
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  21. I love the office and especially the file cabinet. It reminds me of the old card catalogue files they used to have in libraries. Great job.

    Benita

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  22. Such a great piece! And FREE too!
    New follower! Looking forward to seeing more!
    Trisha
    www.roundaboutshop.blogspot.com

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  23. Beautiful piece, i love it! I really do know what u mean about the bookshelves though. Im still waiting for Mr. Romantic to build mine. Ive got boxes of books, new and old, i love them all, that im just dying to get on a shelf in the front room.........Hopefully soon, lol. Stop by for a visit if ya get a chance. Im ur newest follower................Bonnie

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  24. Your filing cabinet is absolutely amazing!! I can't believe you got it for free! Love the rug :)

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  25. I love your office SO SO much...that cabinet is to DIE FOR...free???? are you SERIOUS?!?

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