Check it out – again!

Check it out - again
“Check it out”! (But no books till next year.)

I’m still pottering around the new BER library, adding bits ‘n’ pieces as I go. Last weekend was spent sanding, painting, varnishing, and on Monday afternoon, gluing. The above MDF wooden lettering (from Spotlight) was salvaged from my original renovation makeover, as made to my old library, but I’d glued the lettering to the old circulation desk *to stay* – and they were a devil to scrape off. The edges were quite uneven and damaged. So I added a coating of Galeria Acrylic Medium, with a medium grain gel added, and it gave a wonderfully textured finish and hid the blemishes. I then painted them blue, over the original burgundy (below), and then varnished.

"Check it out!" - Shoestring makeover
The original “Check it out” signage!

I was never happy with the original placement of the “C” letters (above). The guideline of rulers I’d taped to the desk prevented the bottom of each “C” from sinking slightly below the line. My revamped blue lettering has worked out perfectly.

11 thoughts on “Check it out – again!

  1. Ian, Looks fantatstic from what I can see. More pics please! Lucky you. Just recalling when I met you in Armidale last year I think and you didn’t even have a Smartboard! “Good things come to those who wait!” Enjoy!


  2. Hi Anne, the old library did get its IWB (the story unfolds HERE). I’ve tossed lots of pics of the new library into a Flickr slideshow, but hope to expand on many of those with related anecdotes over the Christmas break.

    Thanks everyone for the great comments.

  3. Looks so good. Amazing what a bit of creativity, elbow grease and time will accomplish and what’s best the money saved can go toward something else. We use the READ Spotlight letters and cover them to match with whatever our display theme is. They sit on the Circ desk return ledge – out of the way but highly visible and much better than the flowers I used to put there. My Library Monitors love the job – double sided tape works a treat for the temporary changes.

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