Thursday, February 6, 2014

Revamped bookcases

Hello there! I hope everyone is staying warm and dry these days, the weather has been brutal here in New York.  Looking outside at the snow looks so beautiful like a winter wonderland, but as soon as I have to go out all that admiration goes out the window.  Slipping and sliding all over the place I am not a very happy camper!  They are saying that a Nor'easter is headed our way by the weekend and if it hits us we'll have over 2 feet of snow!  It sounds like somebody is mad up there!  Okay, enough complaining!  

So here is what's been happening around here lately.  We moved back after 15 months of rebuilding our home after Hurricane Sandy, YAY!! We are so ecstatic to be home which is now better than before, it almost seems like a blessing in disguise.  My children are back in their comfort zone and with their friends, they cannot be happier.  Even though our house is not complete, we didn't care, we just had to be back home.  A house is never complete anyway, there will always be something to do in a home, am I right?

Well, I am setting up my living room and I have already come across my first dilemma.  Last year, I had bought some furniture for my living room and stored it away till we were ready.  I had bought two 8' tall bookcases to flank 6' long cabinet.  Problem was that the shop only had two bookcases that were two different colors, one black and one blue.  I bought them anyway I had figured on painting them white, who does that?  Only me!  This was easier said than done… First, I primed it and then painted four coats of high gloss paint with a light sanding in between each coat, I was really wishing I had a spray gun at this point!

I am pretty happy the way they looked.  So, here is my real dilemma… I had purchased a mirrored cabinet online in white ( I thought) from Home Decorators almost a year ago.  There was a mix up and I had received the cabinet in espresso and it was way to late to exchange it.  So, I have to make it work. 

Here it is now, I really don't like the look of two colors.  It looks like a mishmash!

For now I am going to move the shelves around to find the right spot for them.  I know there is a moral to this story like don't just buy large pieces of furniture haphazardly. 

What do you think? How bad does it look?  Would love to hear your thoughts.

Till next time… 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Can't you paint the new cabinet white? If not, you could either paint the backboard of the bookshelves in teh expresso colour, or maybe put some fabric/wallpaper with expresso in it on them?

  2. Hi, I was planning to put wallpaper on the backs of the bookshelves, I wanted to make sure where they are going to be placed, I didn't want to make another random decision. Another option was to paint the espresso cabinet white like you said, I will probably do that if the bookshelves stay where they are now. Thanks for the ideas :)

  3. I LOVE what you did with those shelves! Such an improvement. A nice coat of white paint can cure most anything.

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  4. Love your bookcases in white. Stunning room, gorgeous redo. I have been working on a fireplace overhaul...long process. I will have to post about it when it is done. Keep smiling and creating TFS

  5. I love the white bookshelves, pending the color of the wallpaper you put on the back of them they should blend well with your cabinet. If that doesn't work you can always paint your cabinet white. Good luck!


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