When we toured this house before we bought it, this is what the bookshelf looked like. Trav thought that I would want to take it out. Absolutely not! I’ve been waiting for a huge bookshelf for all of my boxed up books! Sometimes Trav can’t see my vision…I knew it just needed a little paint.
My plan was to get this done first, before any other projects in the house, because I had so many books in boxes and we needed to get them out of the way.
I used a foam roller and a paintbrush for the corners. I also ended up painting that vent above the bookshelf with some extra white paint that I had so that it would be closer to the wall color.
All of my books fit! Yayyyyy!
If I was doing it over, I would have sanded it a little with 150 grit sandpaper just to rough it up. Lucky for me it was already a rough wood that felt like it hadn’t been sealed. The feel of the wood made me think I could get away without primer or sanding, and while it worked out great in the end, I think it would have been even better with a little sanding. There were a couple spots that came off and I had to reapply when I slid things across it. But, for the most part, it was sticking good.
I used the color “Maybe Mushroom” in eggshell, Glidden paint. I love the color! It’s a great creamy light tan/taupe color.
The color difference from the wall color is more obvious here on the side shot, below.
The evening that I had finished and started to hang up vintage art, I was sitting in this room and the light was streaming in perfectly.
I thought about leaving the track lighting here. I’m not a huge fan of track lighting but once the shelf was painted and all of the books were in it, it gave a nice vintage vibe. Trav gave it a “no”, so I’m on the hunt for new/ old lighting.
My newest addition that came over from the rental was this old concrete bird.
Now for more decisions…mismatched lighting or not? I found these brass vintage bedside lights at a thrift store long ago. I thought they would work great above the bookshelf! I only had two, but I also found this desk lamp at a thrift store this last weekend. Have you ever turned a desk lamp into a wall sconce?
The backplates on the bedside lighting is different than the desk lamp, which I actually don’t mind. I think it may be really cute, mismatched.
The middle light would be the one below, if we can get it to work.
I’m sure there is a way I can attach shades too or possibly use Edison bulbs. Anyways, what do you think? Fan of the vintage mismatched lighting or not?