We have now managed to get rid of five bookcases and the books that used to reside in them in the basement. Woohoo! After we manage to clean up the area and shuffle the remaining furniture a bit, I'll post some photos.
I also just finished putting a coat of semi-gloss paint on that built-in "cabinet". (This was clearly not built by an experienced woodworker, hence the quotes around cabinet.) The paint was leftover from our abandoned color in the master bathroom so I was happy to find a way to use it up.
We've really enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather we had earlier in the week. We were fortunate when our neighbor had a tree service come out and trim some really overgrown bushes in their backyard that had way overgrown the fence. When they came to our door to let us know they'd need to trespass in our backyard, I hired them to trim our side too. The bushes look much better.