Okay, that title is a total teaser because what I’m about to write about is definitely wonderful, but not nearly the best thing Jim and I have built together: that would be our life and family in general.

It will come as no surprise to you, with all of the bragging writing I do about how we work as an excellent team, that Jim and I are one of those couples that can indeed do home projects together not only without killing each other, but even immensely enjoy the activity. Although he is definitely the foreman and I the assistant in the hardcore projects like replacing our sump pump, plumbing projects, and electrical tasks, I can definitely hold my own as full partner (and sometimes foreman!) in things like painting, tiling, and wood projects. A few years back, I wanted to build something to commemorate our anniversary. We had been having a tough month around here and I thought it would be really cool to just…create something.

What we needed at the time was a place to hold our CDs (remember those?), so we could get rid of that ugly black wire rack that we probably got at Target. We had some spare wood in the garage, and after one lovely weekend of working together (including a trip to Restoration Hardware for the pulls), we created this cabinet that would match the Mission style family room we were working on renovating:


We even put our mark on the back:

It is one of my favorite pieces in the house. Eventually our CDs will probably be a thing of the past, but this baby goes with us where ever we live, forever.