Wednesday, April 24, 2013

This Time Last Year...

Last year at this time, I was blogging about Spring Break. My children had spent the week with their father and I had been busy. I'd told you about my trip to IKEA and who I'd bought these:


 BILLY Bookcase
I told you I had big plans for them but confessed that I hadn't gotten them out of the box yet.


I did finally break them out this summer and I ended up with a set of matching book shelves along a long wall in my living room.  I painted the back a barn red and attached crown and base molding so they look more built-in and less IKEA.

One side functions as a Home Office of sorts. The green boxes are from The Container Store and hold office supplies and printer materials.  The message board I covered using scraps of fabric from the bolt I used to make drapes.


The other side is for knick-knacks and books.

The photo is slightly askew because this one sits almost against the wall. I had to leave a few inches because of the aforementioned drapes as well as an outlet to which I needed to maintain access. The fish tank is a new and only semi-welcome addition ~PSA: Giving live fish as a party favor is NOT appreciated!~ so I haven't quite lassoed the cords yet. 

I'm feeling quite accomplished. I wonder what I'll get up to this summer?  Beadboard in the dining room?  Tiled backsplash? Anyone? Anyone?



Mama’s Losin’ It

10 comments:

Heather said...

I am so impressed! I had no idea you were that crafty.

So when can you come over to my house? I have just a few projects I could use some help with!

Diane said...

Looks good! I've got so many projects I want to do but haven't been able to get up the motivation. Allergies make me tired. At least that's the excuse I've been giving myself.

Blond Duck said...

What's a beadboard? We're about to move and I'm dreading all the stuff I'll have to do here!

Aleta said...

Love how you set it up! Organized and fun :)

Summer? I can't think that far ahead. Lol

Kimberly said...

I think that you did a wonderful job. It looks very clean and organized and I especially love the fish tank in there!

The Dose of Reality said...

It looks great! My son has that same bookcase in coffee color! (Whomever gave LIVE FISH as a party favor is not a good girlfriend!!)

Since you did so well on this project, I think you are ready for anything this summer!! --Lisa

Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

I love book cases because they are so versatile! And they keep me organized. I need more of that!

Mimi B said...

I never thought of painting the inside of a bookshelf! Love that idea! And molding? Dang, great idea! I've never heard of someone giving a fish as a party favor. What a complete favor fail! smh

Michelle Nahom said...

Looks fabulous! I love IKEA, but I really like how you dressed it up by painting the back and attaching the molding! What a great idea!

Babes Mami said...

I love your crafty side! Also, who the hell gives fish as a party favor?! Have you seen Bridesmaids? They give puppies as shower favors, I would kick someone.