On Presidents' Day, I had in mind to dig some holes and plant some things. But the weather, and a case of sinus pain etc that might have been related to the weather (when it's windy, I tend to have allergies. My schnozzle hates dust), made up my mind to stay indoors and Address the Niche.
Last summer during the big push of the renovation, the old gas furnace in the house was removed (because the house was being re-wired, and that enabled us to get a heat/cool window unit). Our handyman finished out the resulting cavity. My intention was to turn it into a display case.
Well, this is a Display Case of Temporary Solutions. Eventually - no hurry! - I want to hire a cabinetmaker to create a custom insert, the kind where wood up the sides is routed out to take glass shelves, and with a glass door. At present, though, I needed an "okay for now" way to get the rest of our pottery, mineral, and fossil collection up off the living-room floor, because it's been four months and that stuff was bugging me.
I put up five slim metal shelves. These are the kind you are supposed to be able to mount either way - bracket over or bracket under - but in my estimation they were bent juuuuuust that little bit too acutely, and mounting them with the shelf part over the bracket part would have been fraught with things-sliding-off peril. (They are level. I checked, obsessively, before drilling holes for the anchors. The niche is not perfectly square (nothing in this house is).)
Anyway, they hold everything I wanted them to hold:
I am happy to have all this up off the floor, and doubly happy to have it arrayed as an actual collection. Previously, these pieces were distributed all over the apartment and consequently they did not read as a "collection." They make a lot more sense this way.
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