I would love to add a built in bookcase or two in our living room someday. I think built ins add so much charm and character to a room. It’s a home improvement project that’s been on our wish list since we moved in, but it’s just not a high priority or in the budget right now. So, when my daughter told us that she would like more space in her room and no longer needed her bookcase, I knew I had the perfect spot for it. With my plans to add a library feel to our living room and in need of a place for our books I thought this would be a great temporary solution.
To begin the bookcase makeover I started by removing the feet. I liked the height they added, but prefer the way the bookcase looked without them. I then primed and painted the inside with a few coats of my favorite gold paint, Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Metallic Gold.
This paint is thin and applying it was a bit drippy. If I had layed the piece down it would have been much easier to paint. It did take several coats and was a little messy, but it was worth the time and effort. I was really happy with the way it turned out once it dried and the gold added nice interest and contrast to the bookcase.
To cover some marks and scratches the bookcase was freshened up with a few coats of paint. I had a can of Maison Blanche in Magnolia on hand which is a very pretty, soft white color. I then lightly sanded the piece and applied Fiddes clear wax which gave the bookcase a buttery smooth finish.
To complete the bookcase makover I added two knobs which I found at Hobby Lobby several months ago for just a few dollars each.
Many of our books have been in piles on the floor in my husbands office since we moved in over two years ago and they now finally have a home.
Here’s a little sneak peek of our living room that I will finally be sharing on Friday.
There was a time when putting my kids furniture in our “formal” living room would have never crossed my mind, but I have happily become so much more relaxed and practical about my decorating style. Once I stopped worrying so much about all the do’s and don’ts of of decorating and what I thought a room “should” like like, decorating began to feel less overwhelming and so much more fun!
My daughter’s floor lamp also found a new home in the living room, so stay tuned!