I hope you are having a great week so far! :)
Today, I wanted to share with you the new bookcases we built in our den!
We have had this project completed since last fall, but I never got around to decorating them the way I wanted and taking pictures. MAYBE because I spent a good bit of time in Los Angeles last fall, plus traveled across the world for our adoption. If you follow my blog, you know that it was cray-cray in the Hutcherson House last year! :)
I found some o”before” pictures that I snapped on my phone, and I wanted to show you where we started. Sorry for the poor quality.
We had this blank wall right beside our staircase that was kind of awkward. I tried putting some furniture there, but it looked weird, so I thought I would do a gallery wall instead.
But I never got around to doing a gallery wall, and then when I was looking at it one day, I said to Cy, “Honey, I think we need to tear down that header that we just built last year and build some bookcases.” (I’ll leave out his response.) ;)
But after I showed him some inspiration pics from Pinterest, he agreed it would be a good use of space, and we got to work!
Cy built a frame for our built in bookcases…
I wanted some picture lights on the top of my bookcase, so we left some room on top for wiring.
This is what it looked like before we added the shelves and painted…
And this is what it looked like painted without the lights installed yet, and random stuff from around the house thrown on the shelves.
I ordered some brass picture lights online and Cy installed those, so our built in bookcases now look like this….
I am SO happy with how they turned out! I love how they fill that awkward space up and look like they were meant to be there.
I went around the house and collected anything that I had that was navy blue or aqua. I found several blue books that I could add to my shelves as well.
Then I tried to stay with other pieces that were warm and had texture like baskets and candles. I also added a lot of little touches of greenery.
I know I will enjoy decorating these shelves throughout the seasons. This was a very difficult project, but I think it made a big difference in the look and feel of our den.