I like music.
When I say that, I don't mean that I always have my Spotify account playing (though my wife does tease me for taking the time to choose music for a five minute drive).
No, I mean that most of the money I have ever earned has gone to pay for music. Guitars, amps, keyboards...
I spend a lot of money on records. That's actually the biggest stressor in my marriage. Any time a record shows up in the mail, my darling wife rolls her eyes and walks away.
Yet that has proven to be a poor deterrent: last month, my record collection broke 900.
When you get in the high hundreds, there's one big question you have to consider...
Where are you going to put them?
I had originally bought a couple small shelves from Target. Then, I bought another. Then, I started to put some records on top of them.
Until one day, I had no more room on my shelves for more records, and no more space in my living room for more shelves.
I got a bold idea...
What if we built an entire wall of shelves?
We're a little handy—we had already refaced our kitchen cabinets and built a patio from scratch. She had led her old high school's stage crew for a season, so she knew a thing or two about construction.
We took some measurements, bought some cheap lumber, and my wife came up with a design. We would run the shelves all the way to the ceiling with a seating area in front of the window. The speaker cabinets would be built right into the shelves. They would be backless, so hiding wires was going to be a challenge.
While we had a break between Christmas and New Years, we set to work.
Construction took longer than I expected. I spent two twelve hour days measuring, cutting, and anchoring the frame. And that didn't include adding the shelves, painting everything, or installing any of the equipment.
Soon enough, I had to go back to work, and the project was relegated to the weekends.
But little by little, we made progress. After a few weeks, we loaded the records back onto the shelves and plugged everything in.
Now, our wall of shelves is so integral to the design of our room that I can't imagine the room without it. Whenever I see a picture of the old shelves, I have a physical reaction to it.
But most importantly, I've got room for more records.
Now if I can only get my wife on board...