Friday, October 8, 2010

Amazing Bookcase makeover

Yikes! This is even embarrassing to post!

Here's our old family room built-in bookcase when we moved in last September. At first, we were going to rip it out entirely, but then we decided it was a great place for storage and we could probably transform it easily.

5 coats of paint and many days of frustration later, here's our painted cabinet.
The next huge task was filling the bookcase. It didn't seem like something too difficult, but once I started adding things, I realized how HUGE it was and how long it was going to take to fill it.

This is definitely a work in progress as I collect more accessories and books to add to it. I change up the little collections every few weeks when they start to bother me!
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The Willow Tree angel collection was also a challenge. I was really into these in college and right after, but it got to the point where I had way too many and I didn't know what to do with them anymore. I put them in a box for a year and then pulled them back out for the bookcase. My randomly placing angels throughout the bookcase, it's not as overwhelming as the whole collection together.

And no, I'm not PG again. That's our angel from earlier this summer with the Willow Tree figurine my mom gave me the day of the surgery.
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I chose to take the paper covers off all my books and only use hardcover books. I think it looks cleaner, but it also means it's going to take much longer to fill. I usually only buy paperback because I like to fold the books when I'm reading.
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I also tried to keep with the color scheme of the room so all the photo frames match the other accessories in the room.
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Some of the little accessories and bookends are from my spray paint extravaganza which you can read about here.
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Big transformation, huh? We love it!

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27 comments :

  1. The bookcase looks really terrific in white!!
    What a big job, especially because you couldn't move it. Can you believe you almost ripped it out?! happy friday

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  2. wow that's an AMAZING transformation. I LOVE IT!!! GORGEOUS!!

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  3. Great job; I love the new paint!

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  4. Wow, what a gorgeous transformation!! That white really brings some class and sophistication to the room... you go girl!! :-)

    Oh and sweetie, have you stopped by and put your city info in at LOCATION CENTRAL yet? It's the blog where you're able to see who else blogs in your area.
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  5. You did a great job with both the bookcase and decorating it!

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  6. This makeover turned out FABULOUS.

    I adore the cat stretching piece in the bottom right :)

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  7. Looks 1000 times better now! I especially like the pops of red you included in there. You're welcome to borrow some of my books to fill your shelves. I think I've got several hundred filling up my silly house.

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  8. Really lovely! I am looking at my brown bookcases and going "Hmmm."

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  9. It looks great! I love the white! I can imagine it would be difficult to fill up that huge bookcase, but you did a really nice job.

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  10. This is gorgeous!! It doesn't look at all like the same dated brown shelves. Very, very nice job!

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  11. That bookcase unit looks so nice painted white--great makeover!

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  12. Nice job!! Painting things white really helps!!!

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  13. The Teej is the best and so is Chicago!!

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment :)

    P.S. Your bookcases look great!

    MT @ unexpectedgracemt.blogpsot.com

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  14. The bookcase looks great. The white paint changes the look of it completely.

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  15. I'm a sonographer and I spy a suspicious picture on the bottom of your shelves! :)
    Congrats if that's you!

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  16. That is a huge bookshelf! I would love a size like that for storage in my house! Amazing what paint can do, right? I love it! It looks great with all your collections and pics in there now! Great job!

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  17. That is ginormous! I don't blame you for not ripping it out! It looks great, good job. I can imagine that 5 coats of paint would have been annoying!

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  18. I LOVE it! I think it looks amazing, and I love the way you filled it in without making it look cluttered or overstuffed.

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  19. Oh my gosh...I'm going to have to steal this idea from you (using the willow tree figures.) Although I need to get a bookcase first haha. I have a box of Willow Tree at my parents that they keep telling me to get out of their house but I have no room for them in mine :P I really like what you did!

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  20. its something really good and a must have for all homes and offices, books and magazines lie around everywhere and this is the perfect cabinet set to store books and display them in the best way!!

    AboutCabinets Blog

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  21. Your bookcase looks great! I agree, separating the angels looks better than having them all together.

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  22. Thanks for leaving a comment about this on my blog! :) Your bookcase looks so much fresher now! Awesome work!

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  23. Your shelves look really great! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week!

    Hope you'll stop by again this week. I'm celebrating my blogiversary with a giveaway for a Presto Cool Touch Griddle!

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  24. That turned out gorgeous, Lisa! I LOVE the new brighter look of your shelves! (and I may be just a little jealous of all that space!!) You did such a great job -- as always! :)

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  25. wow! looks great! i'd love to have something like that in my house! you did a great job of balancing the colors and setting things out. thanks for stopping by today! i'm following you :) have a good one! stop by again sometime :)

    andie @ http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com/

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