Bookcase Reveal

Last week we went to Disneyland with my sister, Margaret, and her family. We had a blast and I spent most of yesterday unpacking and doing several loads of laundry.

The best part about a vacation though is coming home. Especially since before we left on our trip, I had a chance to finally finish the bookcases in our living room.

It's coming up on two years since I first got the Carson bookcases. I put three of them together for a built in library look. After I got them, I painted the wall behind them a mossy green and then stenciled it. It was my first blog post.
I really liked the green and the stenciling. I had intended to fix them up nice and style them. I had good intentions. I just seemed to keep getting distracted by other projects.

I started out painting behind the bookcases with the color "fiji" by Benjamin Moore. This was based on the mood board that I made for the room. You can see the mood board here.
I was actually a little sad to see the green go, and it had taken a really long time to do all of that stenciling. But, I was ready for the change. After I had the blue paint up, I pushed the bookcases back closer to the wall. It wasn't quite what I had in mind. It was a little too Mediterranean looking for me. A little too Zorba the Greek. Hey, I love Mediterranean, but it wasn't the look I was going for in my living room.

Here's a shot of all three bookcases with the blue paint and many unfinished projects on them.
It was so Mediterranean looking that after I saw it I had a sudden craving for hummus and olives. This is what I had for lunch :)
I wasn't feeling the blue, but I wasn't worried. It was paint so I could change the color easily. I remembered that I still had some of the charcoal black color, dragon's breath by Benjamin Moore, leftover from my coffee table re-do. I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did!

I have absolutely been loving black, white and gold lately, so here was my opportunity to incorporate it into the room.
There were several projects that I had to finish for the bookcases. One of them was to make some more upcycled magazine files like I made for Jacob's room. This time, I covered them in drop cloth. I still used Martha Stewart adhesive labels and just printed out my label inserts on my computer, since my handwriting is less than stellar.
I love the oatmeal color and texture with the bright gold of the labels.
I took a water color heart painting that Olivia made in Kindergarten, spray painted a frame I already had gold and put that in the center bookcase. All of the vases are Goodwill finds. Some were already white and some I spray painted white or added gold.
The roses are from my garden and the box is also from Goodwill. I love the way this little vase turned out. It was originally all white until I taped it off and spray painted some gold on the bottom.
It's sitting on a shelf with a picture of my daughter when she was a baby and an owl bookend that I already had. I thought the owl was fitting for this shelf because Olivia loves owls.
Sadly, the picture has been marred a little bit, so I need to see if I can take it somewhere to get it repaired. Olivia always had that look of a deer caught in the headlights when she was a baby. Love this picture of her.

Up above the shelf with Olivia's picture I added some books that I covered in white paper and some of my old Nancy Drew books. On top of the Nancy Drew books is a picture of my kids in a small frame that I spray painted white. The black and white pot was a $4.00 find at Ross that I couldn't resist.
Below is one of my absolute favorite pictures. It's a passport photo of me, my brother and sisters with our Mom. My Dad was in the Air Force and when I was just over a year old, he got stationed in the Phillipines. My Mom had to fly overseas with all of us by herself because he had to go out before she did. My Mom had seven kids in 10 years. I can barely handle flying with my two kids by myself, how in the world my Mom managed an overseas flight with seven kids is beyond me.

Do you see the stern look on her face? My Mom is very nice and we never got spanked, but we knew who was boss and she just had to give us that "Mom look" and we straightened right up.
Next to the passport photo is a recent clay self portrait that my son made in art class. I'm so glad he sees himself so colorfully (he actually said he was running out of time and just slapped some paint on it). I love it though, very tribal looking. There's also a blue pot from Trader Joe's with the plant that was in it long since dead. I think I might plant a succulent in it though. Maybe I can keep that alive?
This shelf holds a picture of Jacob when he was a baby. He was such a sweet little chubby guy. He's still sweet, just no longer chubby. We also have a "fun jar" that we filled with fun things we wanted to do last summer. We still need to go through it and update it for this summer.
In front of the fun jar is a rock my kids found in my mom's yard with a hole in it. Olivia swears that it's good luck to find a rock with a hole in it. Don't know about that, but we all thought it was pretty cool. My kids were a little concerned that I was going to spray paint it.
On the shelf below that are photo albums that I will probably cover in fabric, some books, and the other owl book end. The butterfly picture is a thank you card from my mom that I framed.
On the two shelves on the ends, there are photo boxes that still need to be organized (you can see that the ones below are rather full, oops). On the bottoms of all of the bookcases are baskets that I added a graphite chalkboard label to and use for extra storage. The labels are all a little wonky so I need to straighten them out. It's funny how pictures let you see things that you don't otherwise notice.
The shelf above also holds the chevron striped tissue box that I painted recently. We can't keep our tissues on a side table because our dog, Bocce, thinks that Kleenex are snack food. I swear that dog is part goat! He eats everything.
I'm loving the way the bookcases turned out and how it flows with the seating area, our new rug and recently made over coffee table.
This room is coming along nicely. I have a few more projects that I want to do in here before I call it "done" that I'll be sharing with you.

Would you ever paint a wall or room black? I'd love to hear what you think.

Hope you're having a great summer.

Linking up here:

A Stroll Thru Life

Thrifty Decor Chick

Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. I'm just sitting here drooling on my computer! I like the blue but L.O.V.E. the black. The contrast is wonderful and works so well with your coffee table, and it's just perfect with the white and gold. The styling is awesome too! I especially love that you made some extra space for Olivia's art framed in gold. Perfection! All the updates look so good - can't wait to see the whole room complete!

  2. Aww, you're always so sweet Deme. I'm loving the black and white too. So glad that you like it! I'm off this week too and can't seem to get motivated to do anything. Must. Get. Off. Sofa. :)

  3. I love your bookshelves! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back. Nicole

    1. Thanks Nicole! So glad you're following me now.

  4. Your bookcases are fabulous Love the dark background color, it really shows off your vignettes beautifully. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    1. Thanks for the kind words Marty and for hosting the linky party! :)

  5. Hi Sharon, the black paint upgrade looks wonderful and you styled the shelves so nicely! I loved hearing a bit about the items on the shelves and what meaning they have to you and your family. It's those personal touches that make a house a home! Oh, and I think you're the queen of gold spray paint. Everything came out so good!

  6. Thanks Jessica! I'll gladly wear the title of "Queen of Gold Spray Paint." I think I need to wear a holster with a can of spray paint on one side, my drill on the other and my glue gun. Then, I'll be all set! :)


Your comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Comments are moderated so, it may take awhile for yours to show up.