Built-in bookshelves are grand...except when they are not 😕. And these bookshelves that are along the staircase to the library wall have bothered me since we moved in to our old schoolhouse.
They are dark, glossy, cheap wood and the shelves are very short--intended for paperback books. In addition, there were blocks of 2" x 6" boards placed (not secured) along the back to push the books forward I guess.
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So, when the Christmas decor came off the shelves this month I removed all of the wood blocks and took a hammer to the top shelf to get rid of it.
I used the same grey as on my gallery wall (see HERE), but in a semi-gloss finish.
I did use a grey tinted primer (Kilz brand) first, and then painted two light coats of the latex paint. I am so happy with the lighter color.
The fun part is curating the "stuff" to sit on the bookshelf, which will change some with the different seasons and holidays. I picked out any tan or brown old books from the library. I love using old books in the color you are currently decorating with or want to "feature" for the season.
This 1890 Longfellow book is a favorite.
A friend gave me the mirrors when they were moving.
I added a spider plant that I pulled out of the ground in our solarium. It seems to be doing well so far. The geoshape got a fresh coat of copper paint (Fusion Mineral Paint). The old wood bobbins were left here by the previous owner. (find some HERE)
My thrift store vintage suitcase has been with me for many years-- the little tag hanging off of the handle was there when I bought it. (See Reproduction Suitcases HERE)
I moved my checkers table over by the stairs and the checkers are now in the little wood bowl, while the vintage anagrams are in a larger wood bowl. The turquoise lantern is a garage sale find. (Similar lantern HERE)
I used some old decanters to add a little height--I filled them with colored water.
The bookshelf with the fresh, lighter paint s now a nice focal point in my great room. I love how easily paint updates outdated things! What have you painted lately?