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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Update Your Bookdases & Styling Tips

Bookcases are one of the best places to showcase all your collections.  Not only your books but some of your knick-knack collections too.  I love to create little vignettes within each shelf.

Our entertainment center is a piece we've had for years and years, it has fabulous storage and works well for us.  Big enough for a 32" tv and in a small room that is fine.  Plenty of storage for all the other electronics and movies.  I also use this to store napkins in one drawer and my chargers in one of the side cupboards.  That's perfect since it is part of the kitchen/breakfast/familyroom space.

Since this area of the house is done with a little more farmhouse decor than the living/dining areas, I keep the decor really casual.

This is the only picture I could find to show how the bookcases looked before I added beadboard to the backs several years ago.   Really dark and dreary.


One sheet of beadboard was perfect.  I just cut it to size and pushed it into the back.  It isn't glued, so if I change my mind down the road I can change it.



Major difference.  Wow, this piece came to life.


Now they really show off all of my "stuff".


Here are a few different ways I've had the shelves styled.  You can find some really great books at Goodwill, Salvation Army and Thrift stores for a $1 or so.


I think it adds interest when you place some of your items in front of books and pictures.  It gives the shelves depth.






The same items look totally different when you use them in a different vignette.




Play around with your shelves to showcase all the items that mean something to you.  They are a great place not only for your books, but for all of your treasures.


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20 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful Marty! I used the same in our shelving for the kitchen.

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  2. They look great, Marty! I've been staring at my brown ones, trying to decide if I should paint them. Maybe I should just do what you did. I never thought of that!
    Brenda

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  3. The beadboard was a stroke of genius...looks great!

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  4. It looks great. The bead board makes all the difference. Thank you so much for linking up to the Garden Party.

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  5. Marty, yeah, the brown backs to the shelves in our entertainment center hide the contents. To make matters worse, There are glass doors over the shelves. Gotta work on the things you did to showcase the objects d'art!

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    1. I love your white headboard, it really makes a difference! You have showcased everything so nicely. Hugs,

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  6. Hi Marty, Love the use of beadboard in back of your bookshelves! It not only lightens it up, which showcases your decorative items so much better, but it also adds some vertical lines. Well done! Blessings, Janet

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  7. Marty, the beadboard was the perfect solution. The shelves are interesting and I love each vignette. Bookshelves have always been a favorite for me to work with! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  8. Wow that bead board really added a great accent! It definitely highlights the decorative items on the shelves. Your arrangement looks wonderful! I love to do things like this!

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  9. I always enjoy your book case styling Marty! Thank you for the tips!

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  10. Marty, do you have lighting on the shelves, photos look as though you do. Great idea using breadboard! Thanks!

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    1. Yes they have one built in light in the center shelf of each side.

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  11. Wow! The bead board really makes a difference! I love all your neat treasures! Very interesting conversational pieces on those shelves Marty! ;)

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  12. What a great idea. I really like how all your pieces show up with the white background.

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  13. Love your ideas! I don't have bookcases but shelves and I think the tips apply. Beautiful!

    Jane

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  14. Marty, your bookcases look so put together and styled beautifully. I have floor to ceiling built-in bookcases in my den and I am constantly changing things around or thinking they look too empty of too full. Thanks for your tips and letting us take a look at your bookcases. I feel like I've gotten some great ideas to go on!

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  15. Marty, your bookcases look so put together and styled beautifully. I have floor to ceiling built-in bookcases in my den and I am constantly changing things around or thinking they look too empty of too full. Thanks for your tips and letting us take a look at your bookcases. I feel like I've gotten some great ideas to go on!

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  16. Just beautiful Marty! I love the idea of the bead board backing. Thought about doing that myself to our built-ins in the living room. You have styled them so perfectly too. Have a great weekend!!
    XO Barbara

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  17. Very Nice Marty, I love the themes of each of the vignetters. Certainly shows how years of collecting can come together just right. Thanks for sharing, Sandi

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