Pine is just not my thing. I like being adventurous with paint but as this bookshelf is kind of meant to blend into the room and just showcase pretty books I opted for sanding, a coat of primer and then two coats of a china white paint (my go to paint for the crates, the rattan chairs and the nursery built ins. It just makes me smile so much to have fresher brighter furniture with the house.
When cleaning up the yard I found some beautiful green pots and while they've just been cleaned up for now, I'm planning on having a go at some indoor plants and greening up the room a little.
I still have many ideas for the space, including getting another similar bookcase in the room and ending up with a space that draws on beautiful antique items, like the old fireplace and marbled ceiling trim but also combines then with modern items collected from travels. I also look forward to the day when the pink walls are gone for good.
If you haven't tried arranging books by colours, give it a go, it's very relaxing and the end result is just so pretty. Rainbows always make me smile :)