This bookcase is just one of those pieces that is a chameleon in our home. The back story on it is that back in college I needed a bookcase in my tiny little room and my husband (my boyfriend at the time) offered to make me one with his grandfather who was a master at woodmaking. I use it to house our curated items from our travels and in that dark color they just die away on the shelfs.
Skip a few years later (and into married life), I was really into that Pottery Barn espresso look. Now skip to present time, and it feels dark, drab and boring.
Step 2: Using the Frogtape, tape off the inside edges of the back of the bookcase. Let dry for 20-30 minutes before applying additional coats. Step 5: Use the dry rag and apply the clear coat wax.
Step 3: Using the Maison White color from the vintage furniture paint collection from Maison Blanche, paint the inside back of the bookcase. Dab the rag in the can and rub into the bookcase in long broad strokes. I really love how smooth and creamy this paint goes right on. And now my blue cobalt bottles shine on the shelves.
If you ever come across an old, beat-up dresser in your thrift-shopping, flea-marketing travels, turn those drawers into a unique and quirky bookshelf.
If you’re lucky, they’ll have adorable vintage drawer-lining already in there.
A plain, empty bookshelf doesn’t really make or break a room — until now.
Your big, comfy couch is great and all, but why not make your shelves the conversation piece?
Take your fave map and plaster it to the back of any bookshelf or cabinet for an instant feel of wanderlust. Simple Patterns: A simple geometric pattern can work wonders on shelf backs. Wallpaper Flowers: This gorgeous DIY features plain IKEA bookshelves backed with a vintage-inspired wallpaper from Anthropologie.
In this case, the navy and white wallpaper create the perfect nautical vibe in this adorable cottage. Stripes: Before installing a built-in bookshelf, wallpaper the area with something that has personality — like these stripes, for example. Although this particular style is no longer available, there are plenty more beauties to choose from. Raw Wood Shims: We’re the first to admit, we’re huge fans of color here at Brit HQ. Rainbow: The bright rainbow hues that back this otherwise white bookcase turns this room into the most fun living room, like, ever.
There’s something about the gradient that makes the space look clean and organized… The colorful books (and crazy-awesome couch frame) are really what makes this shelving unit pop. Black and White: Black and white is always nice, but it’s even better with a splash of color.
This classic wallpaper serves as the perfect background to hot pink baskets and an array of colorful books. American Flag: We’d gladly pledge our allegiance to this bookshelf…
If not, there are plenty of paper options to choose from at your local craft store. DIY Wallpaper: Believe it or not, this is a tutorial for DIY geometric wallpaper!