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New Look for Built-In Bookshelf

Tidy Tuesday is a weekly post series on the subject of home. I’ll talk about any remodeling / decorating of my house to tips to help you get your house organized to decorating tips.


When we bought our house several years ago, the built-in bookshelf in our living room was a ‘very pretty’ color. I wasn’t a big fan of the sea green on the shelf. What do you think?  We took the picture below during a walk through of the house before we officially bought it. So the decor isn’t mine.


We finally painted the built-in bookshelf last year in September a dark gray color. What a big difference! We love the gray way better than the sea green. The decor looks great against the dark gray. Below is a close up of the before and after of the bookshelf.



Since the built-in bookshelf had a face lift, I wanted to find more decor to fill the many shelves. For awhile, there was mostly picture frames and books decorating the bookshelf. Finding the perfect decor can take awhile. One of the colors for the decor that I looked for is white. White will look great against the dark gray.

Recently, I completed the new look for my built-in bookshelf. I found couple decor items at TJ Maxx. I bought a white vase with glass stones about a month ago. Last week, I was walking by the display in the front of the store and I saw this white sphere. I loved it right away and I knew it would be perfect for my bookshelf.





As you can see by the view of the whole built-in bookshelf, the bottom two shelves are empty. Since I have a toddler running around the house (Sophia loves to get into things), the shelves are empty on purpose.


Among my decor, I love to display pictures of my girls and my husband and I. Katie‘s, Sophia‘s, and our wedding albums are also displayed. Since I was able to add more decor to my bookshelf, I added the right amount of books to put on display. I didn’t want my bookshelf filled with lots of books.




What do you think of the new look of the built-in bookshelf? Do you love the new paint color? Doesn’t the white decor look great against the dark gray of the bookshelf?

11 thoughts on “New Look for Built-In Bookshelf

  1. So much better than the green color you inherited! It looks much more updated! I’ve got the same bottom empty shelf thing going on in my house too…

  2. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I loved this post so much that I chose it to be featured for this weeks party. 🙂 Go grab a button you deserve it!

  3. Pingback: City of Links #28

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