Have you watched Genevieve’s Renovation on Netflix yet? It’s so great. I am a lover of DIY, decorating, and making things beautiful. This Netflix series offers all of these things. Plus, who doesn’t love Genevieve Gorder?!
Other people’s make-overs inspire me to change things up in my own home. We have a very builder-basic home that we have steadily been making our own over the last few years, but I am always on the look-out for fun projects.
A few years ago, my husband built a wall and some bookshelves to create a delineation between our very open-concept family room and dining room. For a while, I have wanted to do something with these bookshelves to make them less ordinary. I wanted them to pop.
I have long admired Lindsey’s bookshelves from The Pleated Poppy.
I absolutely love, love, love the painted beadboard paneling, dark gray background,
the color-organized books, the globes, the art.
Love it all.
The shelves are nicely organized and the books & accessories pop against the gray-blue background.
Aren’t they stunning?
As part of my Living Pinterest experiment, I decided this would be the inspiration for my 4th Pinterest project. I have wanted to paint the back of my shelves for a while, but have been a little nervous about how it might turn out. This photo practically begged me to re-organize the shelves and color-code my books, just like Genevieve had done with hers. So, I removed everything and went to work.
Here’s how they turned out.
While I really liked the look, something was missing. I kept looking at the midnight-colored backs of the bookcase and realized I really wanted that same contrast.
I removed all of the books and tchotchkes and went back to work.
I taped all of the shelves so that I wouldn’t get drips of paint all over them. Normally, I skip tape when I paint (I find it time-consuming and mostly useless), but this time I felt like it would save me from cleaning up paint mistakes, which I knew I’d likely make in such an awkward work space. In case you are wondering what type of tape to use, FrogTape is the best. It totally prevents paint bleeding.
I didn’t have any dark-colored paint, and I’m on a spending freeze this month, so I mixed two colors that I already had on-hand (Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray and Behr Blackout) until I got the desired shade.
Then I got to painting.
Here’s the final result.
And with everything placed back where it belongs.
And here’s what it looks like from the kitchen table.
The chair is from Ikea, the pillow is from Homegoods, and the basket, lamp, and side table are all from Pottery Barn. My daughter made the fish vase in her high school ceramics class. It’s one of my most favorite things.
The mirror I made a few years ago inspired by this project by the Nester. It was super easy to make, and I can’t count how many compliments I get from people who come to visit. They can’t believe it’s made out of poster board!
The final background color on the shelves was not as dark as I would have liked it to be, but the background adds character and depth. I will sit with it for a few weeks, and if I want to go darker, I will.
I’ll just use more of the Behr Blackout in the mix.
This decorating adventure is turning out to be pretty sweet.