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:
Here is a picture after the two coats, but with nothing on the shelf:
And here is our final product:
Turned out pretty good. A little paint can definitely make a big difference. For tips on bookcase styling click here.
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:
Here is what they now look like:
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:
So there you have it. Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a little, ya know?
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:
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.
I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to bookshelves and built-ins (here) for inspiration. Check it out!