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Monday, April 16, 2012

Bookcases - Check!

Remember that list I made back in February?



The one where I'm just now, in the middle of April, checking off just one thing.  Yes, just one item, number 3 can now be crossed off the list.  Insert happy dance here.  Organize the toy closet - check; paint the girl's built-ins -chiggy-check!  I'm not even going into why number 1 and 2 aren't done yet.  Let's just say this is why I didn't bother making a list for March or April.  Whatever, today I'm celebrating the fact that the beasts are finally complete.  Woo to the hoo!


This is the only before picture I could find.  What can I say, I'm a bad blogger.


Just imagine that they were all white.  I painted the backs with chalkboard paint and painted the detail on the drawers black.  Both bookcases were also given a fresh coat of white paint which made a world of difference in person but doesn't really convey in photos.  



The part that took the longest was painting the detail moulding black.  


I had to wait until the white paint had cured first; I gave it about a week to be safe.  Then I taped, sanded, and painted with a black acrylic paint in a satin finish (SW).  I probably should have used a tinted primer first because it took probably 6 coats (no lie) to cover the white.  Then when I pulled the tape up I had lots of touching up to do as some of the paint was pulled up by the tape.  I think this happened because I had to apply so many coats and let the paint dry between each.  Let me just say it was a headache, and in the future I will use a tinted primer and hope and pray that works better.  I finished the drawers off with a couple coats of poly.  It feels good to call them done!


I had the most fun accessorizing these shelves.  I love the way everything just pops off the black background.  The chalkboard paint brings in such a fun, whimsical vibe. 



These are my two Josies.  I named my daughter after my mom.  It's one of my most favorite pictures.  The mirrored frame I purchased at Target many years ago.  


The girl likes unicorns.  This one I picked up at the dollar store and sprayed it gold (Rustoleum metallic gold). 


I also sprayed these silhouette book ends with that same gold.  These were all black purchased from Target months ago.  


The girl painted this watercolor.  


This is her first birthday picture.  


Why can't they stay little like this?!



The butterfly mirrors were a Pottery Barn Kids purchase from many years ago.  They were part of her nursery design.


I love this little white pedestal bowl (Home Goods).  She uses it for her jewels.


I still have a lots to do in this room, but it has come a long way already.  

From this......


to this. 


It's getting there - one step at a time.  Have you finished up any projects that seem never-ending lately?  It feels good to check something off the list even if it did take a whole lot longer than I anticipated.  





* Linking up at Home Stories A to Z, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Savvy Southern Style, At the Picket Fence, Tip Junkie, DIY Showoff

34 comments:

  1. Carmel!! I LOVE IT!!! They are gorge! That room is really coming together.

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  2. they look freaking amazing, girl! i LOVE them so much! i bet josie is thrilled. :)

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  3. Woo to the hoo for sure!! I feel so much better about my lack of progress checking off things on my list now Carmel. LOL! The bookcases look beyond fabulous and I'm just totally loving the paint detail on the drawers. I can only imagine the kinds of things my kiddos would write on the chalkboard part...probably lots of jokes about tooting! :-)
    Vanessa

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  4. You can do no wrong. They look fantastic!!! Seriously. The styling is spot on. So well done, girl. And yes. . my bonus room is taking FOREVER {maybe because I have completely walked away from it!}

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  5. The shelves look UH-mazing! I love the light in there too. Ahhh, spraypaint. :)
    Oh, and don't be surprised if that birdie dish goes missing. Lock your doors people, lock your doors.

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  6. Oh how fun are those bookshelves! Seriously chic and stylish with the black background and black trim, but so fun that she can draw or write whatever she wishes on the backs. LOVE this idea!

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  7. LOVE the bookcases and how you have styled them!! Such a cool idea to use the chalkboard paint in the background, so you can change out your sayings & phrases!! Her room is coming together nicely!! Still LOVING that bright pink chandelier as well!!!

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  8. Carmel, they look lovely! I've followed you on facebook for quite a while and thought maybe I should finally comment. : ) Your daughter's room is soo sweet and a little sophisticated. Love it! You've done a fabulous job. Can't wait to see it eventually complete. Have a great Monday! =)

    ~ Catie

    *Please stop by sometime and say hi.

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  9. Love, love, love the chalkboard paint idea. She's going to have fun with that! I just finished up my daughter's room (you can head over to today's post to see the embroidery hoops covered with fabric) and I'm so glad to be crossing it off my list. Now onto my son's room....

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  10. The detail of the black trim looks amazing! That room is gorgeous!

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  11. ohmygosh....they look so so good!!! the room is stunning, you are doing an amazing job!

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  12. Carmel, they look great! Love the idea of the chalkboard paint, one for the drama of the black, two for the cute messages you can write to your girl when you are in there putting away laundry :) The chandy looks great too!

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  13. They look absolutely fantastic...I don't think I ever would've thought of black for the accent color in a little gal's room, but I think I'm kinda obsessed with it now! (c: And fab styling as well, mama (c:

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  14. They look awesome! I love the black detailing and the chalk board. Such a great and cute idea!

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  15. They are just as perfect as I thought they would be! I love the black trim pieces! And the chalk board back! Lovely!

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  16. They look amazing! What a difference the black trim makes! And I love the chevron box!

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  17. WOW!!!!! They look amazing!! You totally took chalkboards to a whole new level! Well done :)

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  18. How cool is that! I love that she can write on them. When's she's a little older, you can write things like "Pick up your room!", "Do your homework", "practice piano". Not that we ever have to nag our children, but just in case, this seems the perfect place to do it! Love the detail also.

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  19. I've been dying to paint the back of some bookcases black for a while now (and almost did for the color challenge but ran out of time) and this completely seals the deal! They look so AMAZING!!!

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  20. That looks absolutely amazing! So glam! And I love the picture of the two Josies. :)

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  21. Cute shelves and great progress. I can't count how many times I wish I had a better before picture or one at all. Such is life right?

    Visiting from Savy Southern Style 62, hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

    Love the blog,
    Laura

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  22. They are to die for! The styling is perfect as well! I cannot wait to see ho wthe space turns out. My gameroom is taking me forever to complete. I'm kind of at a stand still. I'm your newest follower too. (aka awesome person!) Would love for you to come follow me back. :)

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  23. This looks great. I am sure your daughter is loving the room!

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  24. Carmel, love the shelves and what a cute room.

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  25. Love the book shelves-and the chandelier!

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  26. i love how you have integrated special things from her babyhood/childhood. What a great idea--I am going to tuck that away for my daughter's bigger girl room. The shelves look great!
    Amy
    www.11magnolialane.com

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  27. What little girl wouldn't love that room - I love that room! That bookcase is awesome and two of them even better. Off to have a little peak around the rest of your 5th home :) nice to meet you

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  28. Carmel, It's amazing! I'm pinning the bookshelves, I can't get over them. If I weren't slightly addicted to the ikea expedit's (with no back) , I would run upstairs and do this right now! My daughter has a butterfly theme happening in her bedroom, but she is a "collector" which is my new term for "hoarder" so the room is getting full pretty quickly:) Target has the best stuff, I wish I had spotted those bookends!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  29. I love the progress on the bedroom. I am definitely pinning the bookshelves! I love the direction the bedroom is going in. It's going to look great. And yes Target is amazing. I should not be allowed to go there. I always spend over 50 dollars :(.

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  30. This room is beautiful. I have decided I would like to magically make it appear in my daughter's bedroom. The red chandelier provides such a pop of color, really adds charm to the room.
    Kudos to you for great design!

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  31. They look gorgeous and the entire room is stunning! Wow! Beautiful job, Carmel!

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