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:

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

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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.

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

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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.

14 comments:

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

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

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  3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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!!: )

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  11. 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

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