Quite some time ago, Pottery Barn Kids was selling a dollhouse style bookcase in their catalog. I loved it but I had a son. So there went that idea.
After moving to Florida, we started to frequent yard sales since they are year round in Florida. One day I found the Pottery Barn bookcase that I was coveting for so long for $10. It was in pristine condition. Needless to say, I was going to buy it and make it work in our house somehow.
The first step was to change the neutral nursery type colors of it to something more adult. I thought if I paint the roof a deep burgundy and the inside of the bookcase white, it would upgrade the bookcase from nursery to something more mainstream. The colors in my formal living room are red, golds and earthy tones so the living room was the perfect spot for the bookcase.
The next step was to cover all of my books. I covered my cookbooks in oilcloth which I purchased from Amazon. Covering with oilcloth alleviates the worry of ruining the cookbook covers from cooking messes. I did not put the title of the cookbook on the cover. Since I use them so much, I can pretty much remember the shape of the cookbook without seeing the cover. For the rest of my book covers, pretty scrapbook paper and wrapping papers found in the Dollar Tree did the trick.
The fun part was styling the bookcase. I didn’t just use books, but other pretty items I wanted to display as well. I kept the colors of the items that went inside the bookcase aligned with the color palette of the living room.
What do you think:
I absolutely love it. Remember to think outside the box when finding items to decorate your home. It saves you money and it gets your creative juices going!