I have been told there is a rule about doing renovations: they take five times as long, cost five times as much, and are usually five times bigger than you could have imagined. I have gone through this process a few times over the years but, this year, I was doing it almost entirely on my own. It all started about six months ago when we heard that a local furniture store was closing. We wandered into one of their locations and found they were selling their stock but also their store knick-knacks like shelving, cash registers, etc. We took one look at the shelving and realized immediately that it would match the decor (well, if we HAD any) of our home.