And yes, this does mean my bookcases are done. And they were indeed finished by my goal date of December 1st. Mainly due to a super-effective mix of adrenaline and Pop Rocks. At least I think they were pop rocks. They were blue and kind of clear and I got them from a candy store owner named Bob the Drug Dealer. Don’t worry, his given name isn’t really Bob the Drug Dealer, people just call him that because he’s a drug dealer. His real name is Bob Schlumpel.
Let’s get this first look at the bookcases out of the way …
I’m not offering up too much of a look; you’ll see more of it in my Christmas House Tour post coming up in the next few days.
I’d like to direct your attention to the randomly placed black presents in the bookcases. Go back and look in case you missed them. Although I don’t know how you could have missed them because I know you spent at least the length of a made-for-tv-movie checking out what books I read. O.K. Have you seen the wrapped presents in the bookcase now? Good. Now I’d like to tell you how that idea came about.
2 weeks ago I finished the bookcases and waited as long as humanly possible to put any books back in them because technically you’re supposed to wait 30 days for latex paint to dry. I waited 12 hours. Which is 30 days OCD years. I just couldn’t wait any longer. I had to throw everything back in them quickly so I could get started on Christmas decorating that night. Because I was in such a rush I had a bunch of empty spaces in the bookcases and nothing to fill them with. Once January rolls around I’ll take the time to sort them out. But for now I was screwed. And the worst kind of screwed. Bookcase screwed. Anyone who has ever tried to style a bookcase knows all about this affliction.
I kind of pondered a few things that I could do that would be Christmassy and quick to fill up the spaces. I tried a different little Christmas tree in each hole but I didn’t like it. I thought I could maybe fill them with poinsettias but didn’t love that idea. I shoved live squirrels with bows on their heads into them. No dice. None of the typical ideas were working.
Then the perfect solution came to me via a University basketball coach. Because that, as we all know, is where the very best decorating ideas always come from. Amos, the basketball coach, is a friend of mine who also happens to love design and the very night I was struggling with my bookcase dilemma, he sent me a photo of his Christmas decorated bookcases. The ENTIRE bookcase, every single nook was filled with fake Christmas presents.
THAT WAS IT! Now all I needed to do was find approximately 6 boxes that fit perfectly into my bookcases. WAIT. NO I DIDN’T!
The next photo he sent me showed me they’re not made with boxes. They’re 2×2’s that have been screwed together to form a square. Or rectangle. Or whatever shape you need.
By forming the presents with just a few 2x2s you don’t even need to take anything out of your bookcase. You just stick the false present in front of the books. When it’s time to get rid of them you slide them out and your bookcases are exactly like they were before Christmas. It’s a Christmas miracle, cue the squirming baby Jesus.
My presents fit really tightly into their spots but apparently according to my new decorating mentor you should put a little leg on the back of them so they don’t tip over. He didn’t. And I didn’t. But you should. Apparently they’ll twist a bit over time and independently try to do a back flip every once in a while, ruining your wrapping.
I used black paper, which is going to be a theme for this Christmas by the way, black velvet and black silk ribbon. And they pretty much disappeared into a blob of nothingness. Without even consulting a basketball coach, I figured out I just needed to add some contrast. Enter greenery. Two sprigs pine, one sprig cedar, one sprig juniper. I put them all in little floral vials so they won’t dry out by the end of the month.
HAHAHAHAH. Do you know how little those floral vials are? You need to fill them like once a day. I got sick of filling them after day 2. The greenery will be be crispy in about 4 days. But it’s the thought that counts and I know you’ll be far more conscientious than I am.
If you find yourself being bookcase screwed this holiday season, give this slam dunk a shot.