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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Before and After: Bookcase

Usually my mom is the one crafting and assembling over on the Cottage side of the blog, but for once - it's me! I've recently moved again and for the first time since being in New York I have so much space that I don't know what to do with it. It's mind-boggling. To fill one of our wall spaces and make a home for tchotchkes, my new roomie and I decided to install a bookshelf. The results are below. 

Before (Full disclose: It's from Ikea and somehow we managed to break off an entire section of shelf dividers during our assembly. Construction is not our forte. It required some wine after, as seen here)



After:


Ta-da! So much color and so many odds and ends. We also have tons more that have yet to stake a home on the shelf. In due time.

Now let's take closer peek.


Photography books stacked by size, as you do. I'm so excited to have a new selection of books (my roommate's) to mingle with mine.


To create a clean look we organized our books by color, then size. We have a few repeats in books.


A mix of books, colors, dishes, frames, pins and vases.


Stacking was a major theme for us, it helped break up some of the monotony of the books.

29 comments:

Rosine said...

My books are all around so that you can read in passing their title. I do not bend me when I search for a specific book.
I really like that and it does look good too!

Greetings
Rosine

Susan said...

Oh my...great job! You inspired me today!

Emilie's daughter said...

Very well done! I am one of those women who leave the construction to Mr H or son and then do the decorating... In other words they do the work and I am having the dessert... the after is a real improvement and individual! Looking forward to more! Christa

Okio B Designs said...

Great bookcase! I have to tell you my secret for putting together Ikea furniture: my husband! I never, ever attempt it and whenever he builds it, it lasts and lasts and lasts!

Jeanine

NanaDiana said...

It looks absolutely amazing- I love the color and you have staged it beautifully- xo Diana

podso said...

I actually like the top shelf open like that! It looks great. Like the arrangement of the photo books.

Ann said...

Your bookcase looks wonderful, Andrea.

Angela LeMire said...

I love this transformation. I have black bookshelf that is in need of a serious new look, paint and a new back. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

A happy accident I think. Now you have a space to store something wide, too!

Style Sisters said...

My husband and I have put together a few Ikea shelves and it can be a little crazy! But worth the effort. I love how yours has turned out! Great job!! Thanks for linking up to centerpiece Wednesday and sharing this with us!
Karin

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, that looks great! i love the mintish color on the inside, it looks so chic instead of run of the mill!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your bookcase looks beautiful. I love the butterfly print on top.

Dee

Stephanie said...

Really nice job in arranging. It's obvious you have mastered the art of decor!

Katie Drane said...

I'm so glad that I'm following you! Love the bookcase and you arranged it beautifully. Thanks for sharing on All Star Block Party!

Katie
www.funhomethings.com

Sue said...

Hi, love this before and after bookcase you did. Happy to meet you from Katherines Corner

Elna said...

I'm back with a new blog, I deleted the other one by mistake.
It's a very nice change, me like *smile*.

Hugs

NatureFootstep said...

looks very neet. :)

Lynn Proctor said...

love this and especially all of your great photography books!

Debra said...

REALLY nice and I like the two colors way that you did it!

Ewa said...

it looks great!

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

It turned out well. I'm liking the top shelf. The baskets at the bottom are great also. Good job.

Katherines Corner said...

I love the painted color inside it gives it such great style. You have some wonderful books too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit this week as I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
Love how it turned out. Great Job!


Jody

Honey at 2805 said...

Very nice! I always appreciate the inspiration you share at Potpourri Friday!

Jann Olson said...

Andrea,
It's easy to see that you are your mother's child. Love what you did with the bookcase! The ribbon is such a fun touch. Oh to be young again! College days are the best! Enjoy them but don't forget to study. lol! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Jann Olson said...

Hi Andrea,
just wanted to let you know that I am featuring you today at Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Infuse With Liz said...

Your shelving unit looks great! Who needs those extra shelf dividers..right?? It looks good the way it is!

Town and Country Gals said...

Painting the inside of the bookcase really makes everything pop, it looks amazing! Great job arranging your things and I love the baskets on the bottom!
Rebecca

In My Wild Eden said...

It looks great. You have inspired me to do something creative for my home today. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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