Drumroll, please...

Our shelves are finally finished!

The project began back in Atlanta when I spotted some old mill spools in an antique store, Vintage Village. Right away we began brainstorming ideas for re-purposing them. During our last few months in Atlanta our collection of spools grew along with the idea for a large wall shelf. Once we got settled in San Francisco we began the hunt for salvaged wood. We drove to a few places in Oakland and Berkeley in search for just the right thing, finally finding it close to home in the City at Building REsource.

Our apartment has one large L-shaped room that we have divided into dining, office, and living areas. The shelves connect the office and dining area, grounding the space. 

A collection of old shelter magazines that includes Domino,
Metropolitan Home, and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

Pattern by Orla Kiely is chock-full of inspiration.

The entire project from start to finish took a few months to complete because we only worked on it during the   late evening  (who wants to spend their weekends indoors drilling when you can be out and about exploring San Francisco or hiking through some gorgeous forest in the Bay Area?). We started off by making a template from an old CD for marking where we needed to drill holes in the spools. We then spent several evenings marking and drilling the 64 spools before screwing them together into sets of two (luckily the little lady is heavy sleeper). Once the spools were ready, we spent a few days days measuring, cutting, and sanding the wood. Assembling the shelves took us another two days. 

The addition of the shelves has not only introduced a large amount of much needed storage, they also make the space finally feel like home. I think it's the combination of antiquity, memories, beloved books, and warm wood that does it. 

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