Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bookcase Reveal

First off, I want to thank you all SO SO SO much for you're incredibly kind comments on my last post. I was really overwhelmed by them! You all have made me feel so welcome my first few months here. :)

Alight, remember the bookcase I told ya'll I was going to paint, and asked for your opinion on way back in August?



Yep...that one.
I finished painting it quite awhile back, but just haven't got around to shooting pictures of it because, in order to get sufficient lighting in this particular room for taking photos, you need to get up early. I get up early every morning, but I'm usually more concerned about my schoolwork and eating breakfast then taking pictures. Anyways, this morning I had a little extra time after getting ready for church, and the sun was shining in beautifully, so I snapped some photos.

Before I show you the photos, I want to take you back for a second to our family room a few years ago:


Yeah...this photo basically speaks for itself.
Boring, outdated, boring, outdated, boring and well...outdated. This is basically what our house looked like for as long as I can remember. Don't get me wrong, I loved my house then (every gross, outdated, boring inch of it), I just love it a lot more now.



This is me "working" on the bookcase. For some reason my ridiculous mind thought it would be a brilliant idea to sit inside the shelf and take a photo. *rolls eyes* The result is me in my work clothes looking tired and dirty.


Here are my lovely footprints in the sawdust created by my sander. Yeah...another "brilliant" photo idea from my mind. ;)

Alright, so now with my old living room in your mind, and the above photos that prove that I obviously worked quite hard on this project, I present the new bookcase.



Basically I decided to go with stripes on the back paneling. Originally I wanted gray stripes but when I tried painting them, they just didn't look right, they were too defined and I wanted them to be a lot subtler. I ended up painting over them with a lighter version on my tan accent wall color and I'm pretty happy with the result.










Everything in this space isn't the exact way I want it (particularly that ugly, crooked lamp shade) , but I'll undoubtedly be messing around with it for months to come so that's why I decided to show it to ya'll now.

Thanks again to everyone for reading!

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30 comments:

  1. The book shelf looks fantastic. What a wonderul transformation!!

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  2. LOVE the stripes, great job! I know what you mean about the photos... I never seem to catch on to the "crooked lampshade" til I'm actually posting the pictures to the blog. By then, I'm not in the mood to re-take them. LOL

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  3. The stripes look fab ~ just what that bookcase needed to dress it up! So glad you're feeling welcomed in this world of blogging. The people are terrific!

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  4. That is soooo much fresher. I love the stripes. Styling with autumn shades has made it look so warm amd cozy too.
    Kristine
    xxx

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  5. WOW! Love the finished look! I need bookcases for the millions of books I have. LOL

    Thanks for linking up to Trendy Treehouse!!! Tara

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  6. Very nice! It looks very fresh now and I love the stripes in the back. I just did almost the same thing with mine and posted some pics last week if you want to take a look...

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  7. This looks amazing! The paint definitely lightens up the space and looks awesome. You've definitely got some talent. Job well done!! :)

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  8. Wow, it looks great and I love your blog! LOL, I finally convinced my mom and dad to get rid of the exact same encyclopedia set you have. Maybe I made a mistake, cause it looks great in your bookshelf.

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  9. You really have a great eye for design! Very cozy and comfy!

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  10. How cool is that! And you're 17! You can come and redo my bookshelves too--you have a great eye. Great job.

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  11. OMG! This turned out great.. What a wonderful job...

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori! Please join me again for another great party!

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  12. Your bookshelf is beautiful before or after :) Love this nicely designed blog, I will become your newest follower!

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  13. Ah, so refreshing and clean! Looks wonderful!!!

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  14. Love the transformation; wonderful job!

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  15. The paint choices are fantastic. I love the stripes. Much more modern and sleek.

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  16. This is pretty awesome, i'd say.

    Come link up your tutorial/ Before-After articles on our site so our readers can find you:
    http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-16/

    Have a good one,
    Rose

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  17. It has a very classic yet contemporary look. What a great job!

    I would like to invite you to Fantastic Frugal Fridays. It is a great place to link up your frugal posts and meet frugal friends.

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  18. This looks fantastic, what a great makeover! Love the stripes and your accessorizing!

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  19. Lovely make-over, i love the colors.
    Have a nice weekend
    Maria

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  20. That looks so much better. I am in the midst of a bookcase makeover.

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  21. Great job on the bookcase!! Love the stripes and the bookcase turned out fantastic! Coming over from RA- nice to meet you! :)

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  22. You've done such a great job transforming your bookcase....love it decked out for fall toooo.

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  23. It looks great! I love the stripes. The whole room is really taking shape~good work!

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  25. This looks great - I love the stripes!

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  26. That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

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