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Changes In the Kitchen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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...or how I'm feeding my salvaged wood addiction!

I've been working on organization in our home this winter, and one of the biggest challenges is sorting through our books, organizing the ones we want to keep, and donating the rest to our local library.  I really wanted a low bookcase for our kitchen to go behind our sofa for my cookbooks (our family room opens to our kitchen).  Books should be stored where you use them, and having them on a different floor in the library didn't make a whole lot of sense.  I found a few pieces I love (like Rachel Ashwell's Warrenton Console), but the dimensions weren't quite right.

Mr. Art @ Home suggested that we visit our favorite resource for custom furniture: Southern Accents in Cullman, Alabama.  I described what I wanted, and the end result far exceeded my expectations.

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The bookcase is made from old walnut.

The bookcase also holds several kitchen items that I use often: items that are bulky and take-up a lot of cabinet and counter space.  I'm very pleased with the end result!  

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We went with a waxed, unstained finished.

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If you look closely at the back of the bookcase, the black stripes are actually sawtooth marks from long ago.

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Notice the peg details...the carpenters at Southern Accents are true artisans!

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I highly recommend Southern Accents.  This is a tile with their logo on it.

I'll post more ideas and tips for organizing books and paper in the next couple of weeks.  I've found some wonderful resources, and I'll share those as well!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Oh I am going to have to go check this place out. I have a piece similar but it has been painted (in that rustic old way) so there isn't as much wood detail. Looks great!

  2. It's very pretty! I like the rustic contrast with the couch, and placing a bookcase behind a couch is a great idea for storage. We have a desk.

  3. Mmm K, first you know those picture frames send me over the edge every time. That table is gorgeous! The workmanship, the size, and the things you've's perfect! I'm jealous of those of you who have access to Southern Accents.

  4. RJ, I’m in love with this bookcase! It is stunning and I love how you are using it behind the sofa. Now you can look at it and enjoy seeing your cookbooks and the beautiful wood used to make the bookcase. Beautiful choice. I’ve got to look at this website..........
    Happy Day to you.

  5. I am in love with the bookcase and with the way you styled it.

    B E A U T I F U L !!!

  6. Love it RJ and those square pegs...super nice!

  7. This is the most wonderful place to dream and think. I love going there.

  8. I can assure you that at my hands, that beautiful shelf, so artfully accessorized, would be a clutterfest!!! Love it!

  9. Oh Ricki Jill! I love your book case and how you decorated. What a charming addition.

  10. You decorate with an artist's's beautiful! All of the pretty touches and personal things to make it your own. I know you're staying home during this bad weather! I hope you have power and stay safe! Sweet hugs my friend! (oh, I thought of you and the girls today. I watched Ever After while I sewed. You told me once that was one of your favorites and I had never seen it. Now it's one of my favorites, too! HUGS!)

  11. I love it! please box is up and send it to me!

  12. I love your bookcase and all your treasures displayed.

  13. That is just lovely, Ricki Jill! I love pieces that have some history, even if it's just the wood that has the history. Our son has built several pieces of furniture for their home and yard from old barn wood. We have a place locally that sells that, as well as old windows, doors, etc. They travel to the midwest and salvage from old barns that are being torn down. You are going to enjoy your shelving unit for many years to come!

  14. Great looking piece! I brought back a couple of more candle sticks from the Nashville Antique and Garden Show. I discovered a dealer there last year that creates candlesticks out of salvaged wood banisters from the late 1800s. They are great little works of art!

  15. love the rustic and the blend of your lovely things

  16. I absolutely love this bookshelf RJ!!! It looks awesome where you have it and how you have filled it. Beautiful!!!

  17. The bookcase is lovely, Ricki Jill. I love the rustic lines and it holds so much!
    Now you've got me thinking .... I need to do something with all my cook books.
    Stay safe and warm.
    Big hugs,


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