Here's the "before" picture above. That's me with my sweet girl, and my two other furry ones. Ugh, remind me never to cut bangs again :0 There's the dark n' dated bookcase behind us...yup, that dark oak wood just had to go! And the color we chose was a fresh white to bring more light into the room.
Here's the After...
Amazing what a little paint can do isn't it? As soon as they were painted, I went straight to work accessorizing these babies! I really didn't want to spend a lot of money, as we had just finished installing hardwood floors and that was pricey.
The first items I gathered were books...both my favorite ones and some vintage thrift store ones that I snagged for just 25 cents each! Then I stacked those books and even collections of magazines in various ways to add interest. Then I turned my attention to the picture frames. I added a new copper frame that I scored from The Pottery Barn Outlet in Gaffney, SC. However, all the others I already had on hand. Two frames I spray painted with my favorite Rustoleum Spray Paint in oil rubbed bronze.
Next I added a few shells from our family vacations. After all decorating isn't just for show (okay maybe a little)...but I love decorating with items that have personal meaning and memories! See the small black frame with the shell print? That's just a dollar store frame with free Vintage Printable Art that I printed from my home computer...so simple! The small black chest I've probably had for 15 years or more. It was brown with painted flowers. I sprayed it black to contrast against the white paint.
And finally the splurge. With most of my decorating projects I always like to add one cool item that I just LOVE & gotta have. Here it's the metal Ampersand that I bought from Restoration Hardware! I love how it adds a bit of whimsy to the whole design.
Okay, so that's how I decorate a bookcase...for less! It's all about surrounding yourself with the things you love... family memories, a few thrifty finds, and some revamped accessories too.