Welcome to our newest decorating challenge, Styling Bookcases. This theme really is a challenge for me for a couple of reasons. One, I do not own a bookcase. (Unless you count the one in my five-year old’s room.) And two, how can I possibly guide anyone on how to style them properly if I don’t own any myself?
How then am I going to participate in this fun décor challenge? No I didn’t steal the bookcase one from my son’s room, I found one at one of my favorite thrift stores and gave it a makeover! (That’s more my thang anyway.)
Here is the gem of a bookcase I found for $24 at the thrift store:
Now to some, this might look like a sad dated little bookcase, especially with those curves at the top, but not me…I loved it!
I brought it home and turned it into a coastal cottage charmer:
I almost didn’t bring it home…I spotted this immediately as I walked in, but the guy who works there who knows me said he had two more bookcases in the back that they hadn’t had a chance to put out yet. I walked away for two minutes and when I came back around the corner, there was a girl literally hugging my bookcase! What?? I wanted to swat her away as she was pleading with her father to buy it for her. I walked around for a minute and came back and luckily it was still there. I grabbed the ticket and sprinted to the counter!
I am in the market to paint my TV console which normally sits between these two chairs in my living room. I used this bookcase as a guinea pig to test out this beautiful shade of blue. I brought the chairs over to see how my painted console would look between them. I like it!
I did have a bit of prep for this piece, as in filling in all the nail holes and dents/large scratches that would show once painted:
I loved that the back was made up of individual slats of wood, shiplap? The girl who was trying to steal my bookcase was telling her Dad how all they needed to do was take the ugly wood off the back. It was half falling off, but no way… I carefully removed each piece and painted it.
And put it all back together.
Now about the styling part…I know there are all kinds of rules floating around out there, but honestly, if you like how it looks that should be enough, right? I am fairly certain I broke some styling rules here, especially since I don’t know them.
I just filled it with things I love…
A coastal theme seemed the best fit for this beautiful beachy color. This is Behr’s Serene Breeze and I am in love with it. I made it into DIY chalk paint and went to town!
(Imagine that basket filled with something suitable for a beachy bookcase.)
I did try to keep the colors of what I added to the shelves cohesive, and repeated colors and textures throughout.
I can only imagine what a challenge it must be to style large built-ins.
I do love how the curvy trim that dated this piece to begin with looks now that it’s painted.
And these pretty little hydrangeas were a couple of late bloomers I was lucky to find. Most of them are burgundy and deep green now.
The deep green fits perfectly with my Fall hutch, which I just shared with my new Fall Mini Pumpkin Garland. It has a much different feel than this Summery bookcase!
You’re sure to be inspired (and may find actual rules to styling bookcases) from my talented Décor Enthusiast crew. They’re sharing their own styled bookcases as well today:
Duke Manor Farm (Formerly Top This Top That)
If you have a styled bookcase or shelving that you’re proud of, we want to see it! Take a photo and hop on over to our Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook and share with us! We created this forum not only so you could participate in our fun decorating challenges, but also so that you have a judge-free zone to share your projects any time, ask questions, and hang out with other creatives just like you!
But wait! There’s more! Let’s play on Instagram too!
Here’s how to play:
1. Add your own photo on Instagram
2. Tag it with the #DecorEnthusiast hashtag
3. Follow all 7 of your hosts here:
We will choose one winner that will be featured on all 7 IG feeds this Saturday!!
Can’t wait to see what you guys have to share!
I’ll be back tomorrow to share my new Fall centerpiece for my dining room table…it’s another upcylcle! 🙂
Here’s a hint…I used this lantern:
UPDATE: BAM! See my new lantern centerpiece here now!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at these great parties:
The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Between Naps on the Porch Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista