Victorian Library Complete August 28, 2011

Victorian Library

After nine straight days of work the library is finally complete. We haven’t yet found a chandelier or sourced the wallpaper but that didn’t stop us from inviting our friends over and celebrating. For the first time we could sit back and actually see and enjoy what we had built. It’s been an incredible project and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks dad for showing me how to do it right.

As promised, I have enlisted the help of a real photographer to take some proper photos. Thanks Dean Putney for your help. Once the wallpaper and lighting is done I will add more pictures.

Victorian Library

Victorian Library Shelves

Victorian Library Nick Nacks

Update [9/21/2011]: Wallpaper, chandelier, and other finishing touches

After weeks of searching for wallpaper we finally settled on this beautiful fabric-on-paper chocolate damask from Dhongia. We hired Victorian wallpaper expert Marc Vallat as our hanger and he did a spectacular job. You can barely see the seams even up close. The chandelier and sconces we got from Victorian Lighting Works in Pennsylvania and they are stunning reproductions with matching French glass shades.

Victorian Library Wallpaper and Chandelier

To see the history of the entire project and the writeup checkout the victorian library build. You can also the photo history in the slideshow below. Once you click the play button, you can use your arrow keys to navigate through.


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Scott September 2nd, 2011

Very, very, very, very nice. Exactly what I want but with a small wet bar added. Oh, who am I kidding? I’d kill to finally get something like this done around here.


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dittman September 3rd, 2011

Nicely done! We had ours done by Mike Desko:

(and highly recommend his work!)

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Charles Johnson September 6th, 2011

Very nice build, but it seems to be missing the most important feature of a victoria bookcase – a secret door.

peter September 20th, 2011

if they showed the secret door, it wouldnt be a secret anymore would it

kit @ DIYdiva November 29th, 2011

This is gorgeous, you guys did a marvelous job on the book cases. I could totally live in this room (although god knows I’d hurt myself swinging around on that awesome ladder).

Kalani December 17th, 2011

Looks great! Where did you get the leather couch?

John Clarke Mills December 18th, 2011

The couch is actually vinyl and I bought it on Craigslist.

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Nance January 5th, 2014

you hit it with the wallpaper. Great room. I suffer from ‘library ladder’ envy.

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