Monday, 17 March 2014

Library bookcase.

It's painting time again! I think I'm getting obsessed with easy transformations involving paint. In our 'library' there are really no decent bookshelves and books were stored in rickety pieces of wood and crates. When my parents showed me a bookshelf they had in their garage that they weren't using, I just knew I needed to fix it up and create some space for books so they don't just line the floor in crates.
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. 
While the white bookshelf is just a small change to the room, I had a great time filling it up with so many pretty books. I'm no expert at book styling but I decided to go a little different and sort the books by colours. I also used some thrifted bookends for an extra touch.
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 :)
Lisa x


  1. Great Job! Love for you to come link up Mondays 8:00am EST at Your Designs This Time.

    Emily @

  2. I love how you've grouped the books in colour! great makeover from the pine

  3. that looks so good, and i love the color coordinated books!

  4. I love how this bookshelf turned out. So crisp and fresh! It really makes the books stand out. Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Craft Home Blog Hop!