Monday, April 8, 2013

Office Built-In Shelves Makeover

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a nice weekend. I did! It was really busy, though. Spring has sprung and life has gotten so busy! With the house selling/buying process in action, a wedding I'm in in a couple of months, and work in general, I'm finding less and less free time in my schedule! But I like it that way. :)

Anyway, couple of weeks ago, I finished an office project, repainting a set of built-in shelving, and a fire place to match. My clients wanted to use this space as a more masculine office area, and darken it up a little. Without having to install wooden shelving, they decided to have the shelves painted to be reminiscent of a washed wood look. I advised against a "Faux" finished look (Finding that to be a little cheesy these days, no?), and we went with a deep brown paint, with two shades of glaze on top, that kind of looks like a distressed wood.

Here is the before shot:

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Pretty white built ins, but really not the look my client is going for! You can see she's already darkened up the walls quite a bit!

Here is what I did to them:
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I did a dark dark brown glaze all over, and then a grayish glaze in certain spots.
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And, here is the fireplace:
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Also, I wanted to mention that today is the start of our Paint Party over at the Mycolor blog! We're "hosting" a party, everyday this week. Five different design bloggers will be doing projects with Mycolor paint, and writing about them, then giving readers a chance to win their own paint.

Nicole from Sketch 42 is starting off the day. Check out our post for all the info on winning free paint! 


  1. nice makeover......

  2. They look wonderful! Much better than the 'faux' look. I'm sure the clients adored it!

    1. thank you! they were really happy with it :)

  3. Can you tell me the colors you actually used to paint this? I am loving it!!!! Would be a great idea for my new house.

  4. That makeover definitely gives the room a darker, more dramatic look. Looks fantastic!

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