So, we got this bookcase as a gift from my uncle. The same bookcase that I made our refurbished frame out of from one of the old glass panes that was on it. I have just been thinking that it looked a little grandparent-ish hand-my-downy, so I wanted to give it a face-lift! Here is our before:
Once I took out all the books, I had no idea that I had a small bookstore on my hands! And this doesnt include cooking, or old schoolbooks I've kept! Or the books that I knew I'd never read again, so I gave them away!
Then I bought some semi-gloss black paint from the hardware store and gave it 2 layers of black paint EVERYWHERE except the back wall. I probably should have sanded/faux sanded, but I really had no interest in adding another step messy or not. Just the painting alone killed my wrists (massage therapist, they're already abused, didnt need more), so I crossed my fingers and prayed it would be alright without that little step.
I thought it turned out quite lovely! Then I went to all the local hardware stores. I wanted to find either a damask or striped wallpaper to put on the back wall in some sort of shade of green. Wouldn't you know it, I couldn't find anywhere that carries wallpaper or wallpaper samples anymore! Maybe I missed the only store that does, but everywhere said the same thing: "We only carry it online now!" ARG! So thats what I did! I found a ton of wallpapers I LOVED... that were $36/roll with a min. 2 roll purchase. Um, not really in my budget. In the end though, I found something that I loved that also worked for my wallet! =) TaDa!
I'm in love! I put the books back in and almost took them out again cause I felt like not enough of the green was showing through the books! I no longer feel the constant urge to buy a new bookcase anymore!