Monday, April 4, 2011

my bookcases.

as i've mentioned, i painted our ikea billy bookshelves. last summer, my dad and i spent a day assembling and installing 2 ikea bookshelves into our living room. we sawed down the bottoms so that the shelves would be flush with the wall, and look more like built ins. we also built a shelf in the middle of the 2.layer to sit. anyway, it used to look like this:

Photobucket

but, i got a desire for something darker, so this is what it looks like now:

Photobucket

clearly, i still need to do the tiny area between the tv and the shelf :)
i painted them with an oil-based primer (that took about 2 days to fully dry!), then hand-mixed a deep grey to paint them. i love them now! i also installed little bookshelf lights in the tops, and have left out the top 2 shelves for the past few weeks.

here are some snapshots along the shelves. i love all the colors.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket
the bulldog used to be white. i painted him "tomato" last week.

Photobucket
the two paintings on either side are oils from thrift stores a few years ago. i pulled them out of the attic, and they went on display! they look great with the bookshelf lights.

34 comments:

  1. I love the new look! That grey really makes the colors pop!

    ReplyDelete
  2. LOVE! Can't wait to see your entire living room makeover!

    ReplyDelete
  3. loving the new look!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow! Are these made of white melamine? Didn't think you could paint these but now super excited to try it! Latex paint over the primer or oil based?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks amazing. I love all the bright pops of colour you've used to style the bookcases.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow! It looks fantastic! I love your styling too.. you even included my favorite treat - mini eggs! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I can't get enough gray paint on furniture. Looks great.

    ReplyDelete
  8. This looks amazing! I love the addition of the art! Its makes it so personable!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love the grey with the wood floors--beautiful color combination. And the paintings really enrich the space.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love the gray. It's very warm and cozy feeling as opposed to the crisp white. I love the dark wall behind them too.

    ReplyDelete
  11. kathy - they are white ikea shelves. not sure what they're made of, but it's that cheapo, MDF stuff inside. the oilbased primer makes the surface ready for oil based paint or latex paint. i used latex because i hate oil! :)

    as for the color - it is a handmixed one! i just mixed some stuff i already had on hand, because i knew what color i wanted it to be. as for the wall color, it's black horizon by ben moore.

    thanks everyone!!: )

    ReplyDelete
  12. You know I am a huge fan of the DIY greek key table skirt.
    Which it looks like you forget to mention.
    lol



    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

    ReplyDelete
  13. Whatever you have provided for us in these posts really appreciative. ORO GOLD

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวกีฬาออนไลน์
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวฟุตบอล
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวฟุตบอลวันนี้

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวกีฬาออนไลน์
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวฟุตบอลออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวกีฬาออนไลน์
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวฟุตบอลออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting
    ข่าวกีฬาออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ดูบอลออนไลน์
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ดูบอลฟรี
    Thank you in advance
    เว็บดูบอล

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวฟุตบอลออนไลน์
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวกีฬาต่างประเทศ
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวฟุตบอลต่างประเทศ
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวฟุตบอลพรีเมียร์ลีก
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวกีฬาต่างประเทศ

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ผลบอลสด
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ผลบอลล่าสุด
    Thank you in advance

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวกีฬา
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวกีฬาสด
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวกีฬาออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete

  23. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวกีฬาวันนี้
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวกีฬาล่าสุด
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวกีฬาออนไลน์

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thanks for the good blog That is full of useful information And also get what we want to find ข่าวฟุตบอลวันนี้

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ประวัตินักบอล
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ประวัตินักฟุตบอล
    Thank you in advance
    ประวัตินักกีฬา

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks for the good blog That is full of useful information And also get what we want to find
    ข่าวบอล

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thanks for the good blog That is full of useful information And also get what we want to find ประวัตินักบอล

    ReplyDelete
  28. Thank you for liking, press share
    I exactly got w hat you mean, thanks for posting. And, ข่าวฟุตบอล
    Thank you in advance.
    May I ask something.
    I am too much happy to find this website on the world of Google
    ข่าวฟุตบอลวันนี้
    Thank you in advance
    ข่าวบอล

    ReplyDelete