Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 43 Update on Sophie's Books & Coffee

Looking at the last pictures I posted for Sophie's Books & Coffee, I'm in shock over 2 things, A) how much work I've done since I last updated and 2) I feel like I've taken a million pictures along the way (trust me, I post lots here but you should see how many are in my file) and yet there is not 1 picture of the left hand side of the building...did I fail to take any pictures? Did I lose or misfile the pictures? Am I losing my mind? Is my mind with the pictures?  These questions and more will be answered on the next update (any chance you get that reference?  Here's a clue, think sitcom from '77-'81)

Here is my railing (in progress) I have never done a successful railing before, and I had no railing jig (which I think I shall invest in or have my husband make for me for the future....cause this was too much work :)  How I did it was I took my bottom rail, I predrilled holes that were spaced as evenly apart as I could get (and as centered...I'm NOT a perfectionist...which is why shabby chic and old are my style :) then I took my pre-painted spindles and pre-drilled them, then I stuck pins through the rail, dabbed glue on each pin and then added the spindle.  I worked in sections and then laid it all down and straightened everything to dry (make sense?).  When everything was set I trimmed the pins with a wire cutter and then filed them to level with the bottom with my dremel, I dabbed the top of the spindles with glue and installed the top railing.  I would LOVE to learn how the professionals do railings, and maybe just having the jig would help, but it was a lot of work and 'tweaking', but it did turn out great...I guess the pictures of the finished railing are missing also.  I guess my lazy bum can fix that.  O' then I just did a little spot touch up with my paint where needed.

The right side wall is complete!  

So I really thought that once I got the shelves built, I could add all the books in like a matter of an afternoon.  Well, that's not exactly how it went.  1st I had to sort through the hundreds of books I individually made and organize them into genres (I had some what kept them organized while making them, but after I made the majority, I kept making more, it was like an obsession, even now I think I have a few more on my computer I could spend the day working on..and I don't even need them....O' the sickness I have)  Then I had to arrange and re-arrange to get just the right spacing and look I was going for.  Long story short, 1 'quick afternoon' was really about 3-4 days of on again, off again, look....change....add...remove....set!

In addition to books and a little coffee bar, Sophie's offers misc stuff for sale, like this wall of subway art :)


  1. Wow, that's a lot of books! They do take a lot of time. Everything looks wonderful! :D

  2. Hai, hello... um... I know I'm a total stranger, but do you mind if I take 'the right side wall' picture to be my background cover for my blog? Well, I'll not use it if you don't allow me. Anyway, thanks in advance.

  3. Juann, you're welcome to use the picture, I'm beyond flattered that you want it :) Please share a link to your blog so I can check it out.