Yesterday, I showed you our family room. On the family room wall facing the the windows is a bookshelf. This bookshelf belonged to my husband in graduate school (I think he got it at Ikea), and, although I didn’t really like it, I kept it because it was useful. It looked like this for years:
One day, I just couldn’t stand looking at it any more, so I grabbed some leftover white paint and painted it. It was better, but still not quite pretty enough. I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and purchased some Waverly fabric (this one is similar), removed the back panel of the bookcase (it is just particle board, so it was easy), wrapped the fabric around the front-facing side of the panel and used a staple gun to staple the fabric to the reverse side. This is what it looked like before I re-filled the shelves:
When I repainted the bookshelves, I noticed that the old pine clock that had been perched on the top of the shelves no longer matched–so I painted that, as well.
For the clock, I used this chalk paint from The Home Depot:
The gray coloring gives the clock a Gustavian look. Here are the shelves, with clock, today:
A little fresh paint and fabric can work wonders, don’t you think?