painting the bookcase

Painting the back of our built-in bookcase has been on my to-do list for a while, so I decided to knock it out yesterday.  The color I selected was Benjamin Moore, cobblestone path.  This color is a gray with a hint of blue.  I was planning on going even darker, like a navy, but I decided I didn’t want it to contrast too much with the white shelves.

Lucky for me Mike was able to help.  We did two coats and it took us 2 hours from start to finish.  If you paint periodically it probably wouldn’t take as long.  Mike used the roller while I cut-in.  I didn’t use tape instead I just watched this video and went for it.

Here is a shot of the shelf before any work:

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Here is a picture after the two coats, but with nothing on the shelf:

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And here is our final product:

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Turned out pretty good.  A little paint can definitely make a big difference.  For tips on bookcase styling click here.

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bookcase re-styling

Back in November I did a post on styling bookcases, here.  I’ve since made a couple small changes.

Here is what they used to look like:

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Here is what they now look like:

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Many styling tips and pictures show the books split up with decorative accent pieces inter-mingled with the books.  Although I like that look, it can look cluttered when you have a large bookcase like we do.  So I went ahead and put the books together with a few small objects set in front.  As we get books we can fill out that 4 shelf that we’ve started, and then allocate the second to bottom shelves for frames.  I intend on getting baskets for the very bottom shelves to add some storage.  Here are a couple close-up pics:

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So there you have it.  Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a little, ya know?

bookcase styling

When we moved into this house back in August I fell in love with our huge built-ins in our entry hall.  It definitely took some time to fill them in the way I wanted though.  My method was to put every thing up on the shelves first and then rearrange until I settled on this:

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I’ll probably rearrange again in a couple months, but for now it works.  The bottom shelf is empty, but I intend to put some baskets down there eventually.

I worked within one shelf at a time, and spread out the frames, tchochtkes, and rows of books so that it looks somewhat balanced.  We wanted our books to be separated according to classics, non-fiction, fiction, religious/spiritual, reference, etc.  So that helped too in deciding where everything should go.

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I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to bookshelves and built-ins (here) for inspiration.  Check it out!