Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bookcase Makeover

DIY Day @ ASPTL

Yall see this big ole clunky, plain, undressed Monster....

{ok...so I had to jack this pic from some innocent persons blog...sorry...forgot to take a before shot}

Well my baby girl knew her mama was in desperate need of a bookcase for her office so what did that sweetie pie go and do but buy me one for my birthday last August. Now don't go thinkin my baby has no taste just because she purchased mama a big brown monster. That baby knew her mama wouldn't keep it lookin that way for long. She actually told me she looked for a black one first but couldn't find one....the sweet girl.

Well......here she is in all her loveliness



I know what you're thinking, "that can't be the same little lady we see above.....but...but...she's so beautiful". Oh...but it is. Here's a glimpse of her simple makeover.

First I painted her a beautiful shade of black....***Note to self...next time PRIME FIRST*** using Krylon spray paint.




*Next take a dry brush and apply {lightly} an accent color. I used bronze...it goes really well with all my accessories. And that's it!!! No really that's all there is to it. All the accessories you see were in my current stash. Some had to be altered to fit the decor. All thrift store, clearance bin, and consignment shop finds.

If you think you're not so good at building a display, take a hint from the experts. Look in design books or magazines for inspiration. Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hill can give you a treasure trove of ideas.





When choosing items for the top of your bookcase let me caution you here, I used items that if for some reason someone bumped into the bookcase {okay so maybe I forgot to mention I'm a klutz too} and they tipped over...no one would get hurt. Also, if your case is anything like mine, it's a bit narrow at the top so don't go choosing wide chunky items to place up there...no matter how cute they would look.

Be sure to use many of the items you use on a daily basis to fill it out...this is after all a functioning bookcase and who says function can't be beautiful?!!

***Here's a sneak peek at my new office space in "The Cottage"...more on that later.


Blessings
Lisa

7 comments:

Anna See said...

Great makeover! I just love seeing things go from blah to aaah!

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Great job on your bookcase!

delightfuldwelling said...

I love it, great job and cute accessories.

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

What an improvement! It's great to transform what you already have!

Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello!

Amy

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I LOVE your bookcase, tres chic. All your accessories look great on it!

Have a great weekend!

Jen R. said...

It looks great!

Mold Catonsville, MD said...

Wow the bookshelf looks so much better!

<3 Lindsay