My parents gave me these two nice solid wood bookshelves.
They fit perfectly in this little hallway off our Family Room between the Master Bedroom and the Laundry Room.
You can get a better idea of where they are in the house from this photo I posted while painting the Family Room.
Do you see the shelves in the back corner?
Anyway, the shelves are perfect for the space, but the oak color was really dragging me down. I decided to paint them.
First thing I did was Prime them.
A little trick I used: when I painted around the bottom of each shelf I just slid a piece of wax paper under to block the paint from getting on the tile. Worked like a charm.
Once they were Primed and dry I painted the backs of the shelves with the same paint I used on the wall – Restoration Hardware “Slate” and painted the rest of the shelves white “Alabaster” by Sherwin Williams in Gloss finish.
They look splotchy because they were mid-drying at this point.
To paint each shelf I set up an assembly line on my floor and set each shelf on top of little bowls and cups – pretty much anything I could find to lift them off the ground a little. I primed each side, and then I gave each side a few coats of the Alabaster.
And finally, the shelves are done.
I’m still tweaking the accessories on the shelves. Many items are in line for a coat of spray paint.
Also, the bottom of each bookshelf is suppose to have doors, which my dad can’t find. So eventually I want to make new doors for the bottom of the shelves to hide all the books.
I’m definitely feeling more settled now that I have a place for all of these accessories.
A little paint can make a huge difference.