Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bookcase To Showcase Linky Party

Welcome to my very first Mr.Linky Party!! A Bookcase to Showcase, paint/wallpaper those built ins and bookcases Partae. I'm also participating in Hooked On Houses Linky Party. http://hookedonhouses.net/.




I hope all of you are going to join in the fun today. Earlier in the week I posted about transforming your bookcases into showcases. My very own bookcases have been calling out to me for some fabulous high stylin for quite awhile now. I decided they needed to have the backs painted a couple of years ago. YES, I said years. I actually bought the paint two weeks ago. Still no paint. I thought doing a post on giving our bookcases & built ins some high falutin style would motivate me to open that can of paint. But somewhere along the way I decided there must be thousands of women like me who walk by something in their homes each day and say "That sure does need something.".


Nothing motivates us devoted blog ladies like a Mr. Linky party right? So, here I am a relatively new blogger having my first Mr. Linky party and I was scared to death that the only person at the party would be me. Oh me. Thankfully two wonderful ladies have already told me they were joining in and I am thrilled! I love me a good Mr. Linky Party.



So here is my painted project.


Before


After





Yikes!! When I look at the difference between the two pictures I am almost embarrassed to show the before. Mama Mia, I love how the paint turned out. I know better too y'all, so I finally took my own advice.





I had only put on the first coat and already I just knew I was going to love it. Oh ladies, if there is something you having been dying to do to your home please don't wait. Paint especially does not cost a lot of money and what a big impact it has.


I decided since my home is so open that it would be best to use the same paint color as in my dining room. I think it ties in the room so nicely.






I didn't just put everything back the way it was. I shopped the house. Misti over at Studio M Designs (great blog & even better friend) gave me some wonderful ideas and I tried to incorporate those too. I switched out the picture, used less books and I incorporated a lamp into the shelves. Do you see my pretty bird lamp all lit up? He had a twin brother but I sold him at my store. I am totally digging this lamp and remember that warm glow I said in the earlier post that putting a lamp in your built ins would give you? Oh, yeah baby. This room had a whole new feel this evening. My 11 year old was curled up in the chair pictured reading a book under the "warm glow". I just want to end this post with one of my favorite decor items that every woman needs.

A pretty place to hide the remote control from your husband!! The lid has a beautiful gold dragonfly on top, yeah, it's the last place he'd look. Snicker snicker.

Okay, rev up those pretty painted bookcase to showcase posts and lets party! Just write a post telling everyone about our Bookcase To Showcase Party and link back to this post. When you link up please use the permalink for your post. If you aren't sure what that is just email or comment me and I will be happy to help.

If you have a bookcase that needs sprucing and are looking for ideas go ahead and post that too, you might get a whole lot of great ideas!!

18 comments:

Princess Of Pink said...

Love the changes, it looks more together indeed :)

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Hey Jennifer- Great party! I am rushing out to work, will be at noon to read your entry and comment better. See you then!


Misti

Puna said...

What a great idea and it looks wonderful! It pops for sure. I added a link but it's to my kitchen. There's a shelf on there that has my mortar and pestal on it. It hope that counts! Found you through Hooked on Houses.

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Wow, what an amazing transformation! I have built-ins around our fireplace that are in desperate need of something!

Southern Charm said...

Mary Ellen, I know you are one creative lady. I'll bet you could come up with something wonderful & frugal all at the same time.

All I spent was the money for the paint can. You can do it!!

Amanda said...

WOW! what a transformation! love it! I dont have a bookcase makeover- but it makes me want to do one! I do have a kitchen makeover i just finished if ya wanna take a look. http://theecklife.blogspot.com/2009/04/big-reveal.html

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Jennifer, I dont' have any painted bookcases to share, but what a fun party. And I just love your home, it's beautiful! Painting the backs of bookcases is such a great way to change them.

southerninspiration said...

Oh my gosh, it looks fabulous now!!! Love it!

Suzanne

Mrs. Petrie said...

The whole wall has so much more depth! Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do?

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love it! What a difference that made in the room. Makes me want to spruce up some of my bookcases around here now. :-)

Thanks for joining my party, Jennifer!

newlyweds said...

Great job, very pretty!

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Hi again Jennifer- Finally got to sit and read your post! The shelves looks amazing! I do love how the colors ties in with the other room. That is a great color, by the way! The lamp looks awesome, the new artwork really brings more color to the space and the size works better. If I were you, I would probably go on and paint all the way to the bottom...but that's just me! The room really changed, and I love it!
Congrats on your first linky party. I have a few in mind, I would love to start with one detailing our childhood rooms.

~Misti

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Beautiful! I love the color you chose, what a great way to coordinate the adjoining rooms.

Rona's Home Page said...

I thought I would stop by your blog for a visit. I'm taking a day off..more like a sick day.
Thank goodness for laptops.
Love the results of your redo.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a differnce! It looks amazing! I just love the pop of red.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

WOW! I am amazed by the difference. How wonderful

The Nester said...

I love, LOVE that lamp! And your shelves look so rich! What a great idea for a mr. linky!!!!!

mandyhuckins said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I don't have any built-ins and am currently only renting, but it does make me wonder if I could obtain a similar effect with regular bookcases. I don't see why not...I am adding it to the list of "ideas". Thanks for the inspiration.