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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Before and After - Bookcase Redo

You've all seen my entertainment center a million times.  This is what it originally looked like with the dark wood backs on the bookcases.

Then I added white beadboard to the backs and it made such a huge difference, no longer a dark hole.


I decided to try and declutter the bookcases, and come up with something that resembled more of a library look.  I've found quite a few books at GW lately, and I really wanted something with a little more "simple" look.  Minimalism is just not my thing as you all know, but I am trying. (Now pretend that you don't see the sander in the corner by the sliding door.  I am working on a project that I will show you later.) lol



I've found quite a few pitchers and jars lately, so I thought I would display them with the books.  The yellow and green one on the second shelf is one I repainted that was cracked and stained.


The yellow pitcher on the top shelf in also one that I repainted.  I've tried to mix a few other accessories in with the books to give it a country french look.


I love this little bunny print, and when I found this frame at GW, I thought it dressed it up a little.  Sorry for the glare, there are 4 huge windows in this room, so it is hard to control the light so that it doesn't glare.


For me this is a more minimal look and I think it gives the bookcases more of a library feel.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward and appreciate your visits.

Today I am linking up to Before and After with Kim @ Savvy Southern Style.  Be sure to visit her and see all the wonderful things that are taking place all over blogland.  Seems like everyone is redoing something.  Very inspiring and fabulous eye candy.



46 comments:

  1. Marty, the bead board looks great! wonderful idea! Adore the bunny print.

    ann

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  2. Love the bunny print and pottery. Yes, it does have more of a library look. I really love it.

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  3. The beadboard brightened it up so much and made a new piece of it. I love the way you have it decorated.

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  4. Very pretty my Dear friend as in everything you do...love all the old books...now I have a roll of the beadboard wall paper left over maybe I'll do with...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  5. I love the library look Marty and yours looks fabulous as always. Love those massive pieces you have on top. Teresa

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  6. Hi Marty! Oh, I do like that beadboard on the back. Your bookshelves look so nice and I like your use of books and those pretty vases!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Marty, I love the new look. It does have a nice library feel to it. You have a very good eye for just the right amount of items on each shelf. Thanks for joining my party!!

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  8. Hi Marty.
    this looks so cosy, you have really improved the whole cupboard so much !! Looks lovely !!!

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  9. I love the look of beadboard. Beautiful makeover, Marty.

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  10. Great job on the beadboard, Marty! It gives it so much character.

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  11. It is so hard to do "less is more" but you nailed the library look with the new books and pottery. I once again must say I am smitten with the bunnies. ♥O

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  12. I really like the library look - very pretty and classic (think that is the word I want to say). :D

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  13. Hi Marty~ Your bookcase looks wonderful- the beadboard backing is perfect and really lightens it up. I am loving the bunny print too, and the birdcage on top, okay, and the books...pretty much think it all looks beautiful! :)

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  14. This is such a nice piece of furniture, Marty! I love the detail it has. You did a great job and I love how you have just the right amount of accessories to books. I don't think it looks cluttered at all. I always love to see that little bunny print ~ I think {subconsciously} I'm looking for one of my own when I'm out shopping in home stores!

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  15. I love this entertainment center, because it has lots of added appeal to the wood. Scrollwork, etc. I especially like it now with the backs lighter. I so need to do this with some bookcases I have. And your "minimalist" approach is very professional-looking! (Neither you or I could be labeled minimalist, I don't think.)
    Brenda

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  16. You come up with some of the best ideas, Marty. I love that you used the bead board for the back of the shelves and now arranging books on the shelves gives the entertainment center a whole new look.

    Love your pottery pieces and the bunny print is beautiful! Very French!

    Xo,
    Jane

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  17. What can I say!? Another magnificent Marty transformation! I love it all.

    Have a great eve ~
    TTFN Hugs, Marydon

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  18. You have more energy than anyone I know! The redo looks wonderful, and I love the light from behind. Hugs, Yvonne :)

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  19. I love this! What a great idea! I have a bookcase that has that dark backing, that I'd love to lighten up. You've (once again) provided wonderful inspiration! Thank you, Becca

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  20. looks wonderful Miss Marty! LOve the new arrangement too!

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  21. It really looks wonderful! I love lots of shelves for display...and books! ♥

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  22. Great idea to put the beadboard in. Did you add the lighting too? That adds so much as well. It is such a great piece to work with! :)

    ~Liz

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  23. Nice piece of furniture and your idea of the bead board really does help showcasing what you are displaying. That bunny print just makes my heart go pitter patter.

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  24. It looks wonderful, Marty -- another job well done!

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  25. Marty, the shelves look terrific. I need to declutter my life. LOL
    Have a great week! ~ Sarah

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  26. Hi Marty, Don't you dare go turning into a minimalist! I love your bookcase and the new way you have things displayed.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  27. Love the beadboard on the back. What a difference!!

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  28. Before I even read what you wrote, Marty, I was going to say that this really have a library feel now. You did a fabulous job!...Christine

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  29. I think it looks great. I can't believe you painted those jars and pitchers. They are beautiful.

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  30. Hi Marty
    I love your new look. Yes, I have the same problem with the light in my living room. Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner. I always love to join your party on Tuesday.
    xo
    Betty

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  31. I love the white beadboard..it looks fabulous.

    The more books, the better.
    Thanks for sharing your pretty work.

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  32. Marty, I am a big believer in having books everywhere. I just think it makes a home so inviting. Your shelves look so pretty (I need to do a lot of editing on my shelves-maybe this post will inspire me). I'm always inspired with how clever you are to paint jugs, pitchers, etc. and give them a whole new look. I never think of doing something like that. laurie

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  33. Hi Marty,
    Everything looks beauitful and elegant, as usual...I love the white beadboard you added to the backs of the book shelves. Oh and love, love, love your bunny picture. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    ♥Ana

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  34. It does look more library-ish that way. And the white beadboard makes a huge difference. I may have to try that.

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  35. Hi Marty,

    You did a wonderful job with your makeover! Or should I say your series of makeovers? You've shared so many ideas and projects here -- all beautifully done! I think being a minimalist is highly overrated -- you've struck a perfect balance here ... tastefully done.

    Have a great rest of the week!
    Bill

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  36. I love how you experiment with your living room decorations. I am in England so for me it is even more interesting, I suppose, to get an exclusive look into your home. I love to see what's different and how you change the themes from time to time. I love to see what books you are reading and what plants you have on show. All very fascinating. Thanks.
    Blessings, Star

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  37. I really love the addition of the white beadboard! Such a great look! You are SO creative!
    That little bunny picture jumped out at me! So precious!
    Love,
    Sue

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  38. What a terrific idea to brighten that up! I love it and I may steal it (the idea that is).

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  39. I really like the new look, Marty. But, then, everything always looks so good in your home. You have such a knack.
    CAS

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  40. Marty, I love the beadboard on the back wall of the shelves! I have a cabinet in my kitchen with class doors, and I have been thinking of lightening up the back wall, but was worried about painting the wood. Now I can see that I would like the look! Thanks! Linda

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  41. Your shelves look great Marty. I'm a big fan of changing the background in bookshelves.

    -Rene

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  42. Love the changes, I love your pottery, so soothing.

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  43. I think your new "do" looks great and is much more a library feel. You really have a knack with accessories!

    You are so sweet to stop by and leave a comment. Thank you!!

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  44. I don't like too many things in one place (in my house-it looks great in everyone elses) so I like the new look better. I think you captured the look you were going for!

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