Monday, August 30, 2010

Bookshelf Makeover

I've been busy for the last few weeks working on several projects inside the house. We have lived in our home for over nine years and had never painted the master bedroom. I was sick of the builder's beige chalky paint and finally tackled that massive project. Along with the master bedroom makeover, I've painted several pieces of furniture, done a little sewing and finished a few craft projects along the way.

Here is one of my completed projects!


This is the before. We love books and have bookshelves in almost every room. I have four of these large oak bookshelves. This one is actually in our loft area, but the one in the bedroom was just like it and loaded with books. I have so much oak in the bedroom, so I decided to paint the bookshelf to go with my lighter color scheme.


Here it is after two coats of primer, two coats of paint with primer and two coats of polyurethane. I love it, but don't think I'll be painting the other three! I don't usually follow popular color trends, but I do love the turquoise color that is popular right now and decided to go with it.


Hamilton County has some of the best garage sales, and for the last few years I've been tagging along with a friend who rents space in two antique shops. I had already collected quite a few blue and turquoise things for my room. The blue Ball jars were inherited from my mother-in-law and her mother. The turquoise bowl also belonged to my mother-in-law.

I got this painting at a garage sale for a quarter. I love it and I'm glad to finally have a place to use it. Of course I'm partial to it because of my blog name!

This old chair was bought for a dollar or two. I painted it turquoise and made the burlap pillow after cross-stitching our initial on the front.

It is amazing how different the room looks just after making these few inexpensive changes. I'm still working on a few other painting projects and I'll share more of those when I'm finished.

I'm linking these projects to:







The DIY Show Off



http://southernhospitalityblog.com/category/yardsales-and-thrifting/

14 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I love the way your bookcases turned out. I have threatened to paint the bookcases in my room. I have tried to cull the books, photos etc out of these bookcases. I have had some luck but it looks like I have never gotten rid of a thing. I like the lighter look. It is so cheerful.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful bookcase.This looks ready for a designer magazine.
Blessings,Ruth

Patricia said...

You are very creative, Robin. It's beautiful, all of it. I especially love that painting - it is perfect for you, dear friend.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Great job, Robin! I like turquoise, and I think it looks good always.

Darla said...

Great job! And the room feels refreshed doesn't it?

cushycottage said...

i love all your blue vases. feels peaceful

debsgarden said...

I like to tackle indoor projects during the summer, when it's too hot outside to do much gardening. Painting those bookshelves made a huge difference! You did a great job, and I love the colors you chose. The bird picture is perfect!

Connie said...

Very nice....love the turquoise color of the bookshelf!

Debbie said...

Very nice, Robin! Terrific job.

perennialgardener said...

Great way to update your spaces with just alittle paint. :) We've been currently giving our rooms a bit of a redo with some new lampshades and some new toss pillows. I've found that inexpensive accessories can add new life to a space.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Lovely new colour. Nice touches to the decor.

A Garden of Threads said...

Robin, That is a great makeover. The shelves look so fresh and cheery painted the lighter color. Fantastic job.

Jennifer said...

I'm in just in love with everything!!! Your chair is just beautiful and I love that color too!!! Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!


Take care!
Jennifer

Lindsey @ Better After said...

That looks great! I love the colors you chose and the sweet little chair and pillow! Thanks so much for sharing :)