I wanted a wall of built-in cabinets in my office sine the day we moved into this house. I thought it would be the first thing done on my list. I got a quote for it, and it was so PRICEY. I couldn’t pull the trigger. So I had a huge bare wall in my office for nearly a year.
Then I happened upon these bookshelves at an ‘upscale’ secondhand shop here in town, and I loved them! And they fit perfectly in the space, and they cost a teensy fraction of what custom built-ins would have cost, and even though they’re not exactly what I had envisioned here, I am happy.
They didn’t always start out looking like that. I – try to contain your shock – painted them white.
I’m awkwardly posing for your benefit to illustrate how tall these babies are. Eight feet!
Obligatory picture of damaged veneer so I don’t get hate mail for painting it.
If you are interested in the painting process, here are the details:
UGH! WOOF! It was a freaking beast to paint. And I have a paint sprayer. Two of them actually. One of them farts out the paint so violently that the finish looks like the surface of the moon. I didn’t even bother with that one.
The other one is supposed to be a ‘fine finish’ sprayer, and it still gave me too much texture, and took WAY WAY WAY too long. I’m talking like a two foot by two foot patch took around 45 minutes to get full coverage. No thanks. So don’t come looking to me for any paint sprayer recommendations, because I don’t have nice things to say about any of them yet. I’ve tried paint additives and all that jazz, and I think what it really boils down to is latex paint just isn’t going to give you the same results as an oil-based paint.
You know what kind of paint IS oil-based? Spray paint. So that’s what I did. I hung up the paint sprayer and instead spray painted this monstrous set of bookshelves plus its four doors and sixteen shelves. That was really awesome and so fun. That’s not the paint fumes talking. Yes it is.
Here is an untouched side-by-side comparison so you can see the difference:
Here is a close-up:
There’s no contest. I used Rustoleum paint+primer in satin white, which is really durable and has amazing coverage. I love that I can skip a step since the primer is already in the paint. However, one can doesn’t go very far. They aren’t paying me to say any of that, but I wish they did because this project took about 30 cans!
And then it was time for some fun decorating it! I think I might want to paint the back a fun color someday, but let’s be honest with ourselves. It’s probably not happening.
Look, it’s our friend divorced giraffe!
I picked up these new pulls from Hobby Lobby, and I love them hard.
Just messing around with my paint pen, like I did on my polka-dotted unicorn.
I tried the ‘group all your books by color thing’ but I secretly wish they were all white.
That quote on my bulletin board is from Isaac Mizrahi and says “I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.” Obviously, it’s a struggle. I’m trying to teach myself to embrace more of that. Yes, I truly like white and lots of it, but I would definitely like to figure out how to have more exuberance in my home and my decor.
My bulletin board is pretty fancy and it is from The Container Store.
Gold knobby thing is from HomeGoods, and I bought that book from Goodwill just because it had gold lettering! I’m sure it’s a nice book or whatever.
Anyway, it’s a work in progress, but it’s SO much better than the huge empty wall it was before. I think I need a rug in here. I think it should be hot pink. How’s that for exuberance, Isaac?