Friday, April 22, 2011

A ticking stripe bookcase

Having a small house you really have to think about storage solutions and your use of colors and furniture.  I know that light colors are supposed to make things look larger but I've also read that you shouldn't be afraid to use bold colors on your walls because in some cases that can make rooms appear larger.  It's all a bit confusing so I've just been trying different things and seeing what works.  If you've been following our blog you may have noticed that we are not afraid of bold colors on the walls!  I'm not sure if it's made the rooms look smaller but it has added some fun to our decor.  So I guess that's another consideration .............. if it makes you happy then that's what really matters :o)

Anyway back to the point of this post.  We were given a couple of oak bookcases when we first moved into our house.  I have had this dream of having a library full of books, bookshelves from the floor to the ceiling, so I have the beginnings of a book collection that needed a home.  So with Brian's help I decided to paint the bookcases a chocolate brown.  We thought the color would look nice and they would also contrast nicely with the light blue of the guest bedroom where we would put them.

We liked the color but the size and placement just wasn't working.  We had put them right next to one another on the wall by the door so it made things feel a bit cramped when entering the room.  I tried moving them to a wall across the room from the doorway on either side of a window but that still didn't work so well.  I next thought maybe if they were a lighter color that would help things out a bit so I got to painting and covered up the brown with white.

But I couldn't stop there so I decided to paint stripes on the back!  I talked with Brian about color options, I was debating a light cream, tan, light blue or yellow.  Brian thought the blue would be nice so I got to work measuring out 2 inch sections on the bookcase back and applying tape to mark-off the areas to be left unpainted.

I noticed when I was putting on the tape that there was a small stripe between the two pieces of tape.

I'm not sure if my measuring was a bit off or the tape is slightly narrow than 1 inch but the extra stripe worked for me ........ now my stripes would be ticking stripes!

Next I got to work applying two coats of blue paint I already had, Martha Stewart's "Enamelware" that I had already used for the magazine rack.  It is slightly lighter than the blue of the walls.

And when it finally dried I was able to peel-off the tape and see what I had done.  The "Frog Tape" I used worked wonders, there was no seep-through along the edges of the tape!  Don't you hate when you have finished painting and excitedly peel-off the tape only to reveal the paint had seeped under the tape, ugh!

Here's a closer view of the stripes:

And then I put the shelves back in, and I had a brand new bookcase.  Isn't it cute!

A little closer view:

And no bookcase is complete without books, so I got to work filling it up.

The stripes aren't as visible with all the books, but they are still there:

And here:

I had to include a picture with my favorite book, "To Kill a Mockingbird".  Bailey's middle name is Atticus after the father character in the book :o)

Now I have the other bookcase left to paint.  We hope to one day make our own taller bookcases to form a little cubby flanking the window and the bed in the guest room.  Another thing to put on our to-do list  :o)


The Painted Parlor said...

He cute! But what a pain to paint them twice, I don't know if I'd have as much patience as you to do stripes :). They look great! I like the stripe in between, makes it look even more custom!


The Painted Parlor said...

(how cute). I hate that automatic word thingy on my phone!

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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Wow! This is so great and SO brave of you! I thought it was wallpaper at first -- can't believe how nice and neat your stripes turned out and I agree -- it's the perfect color!

Tammy said...

I like the tiny stripe! I think it looks great! I love your home, looks like an English cottage. Your newest follower. Thanks for visiting me.

♥ Miss Tea said...

love the result! great tips too, i also have a small house and sometimes it's hard to re arrange things or add more furniture coz the lack of space, love the stripe of blue and white color you chose!

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Linda said...

Thanks Everyone! I thought it turned out pretty well too, now I just have to tackle the other bookcase! Thanks for stopping by!
Linda :o)

Cassie Bustamante said...

i absolutely love how that worked out for you! and the color is gorgeous. it looks so classic and beachy!

Linda said...

Thanks Cassie! I really love your blog too! I just figured out why the tiny stripe in the middle arose when I went to buy more tape. The "Frog Tape" is sold in .94" not a whole 1" so that little bit of extra space gave me the center stripe. Funny how things work out that way sometimes!
Linda :o)

Rita@martenssmily said...

Love it!!! Thats absolutly what I would love to put in my sons room!!! Great job!!!

Mrs. Turkey Bird said...

What a fabulous result! It really makes the books stand out. Wonderfully well-done!

:) I found you via the Not Just a Housewife linky party and am so glad I did! Check out my blog when you're ready for some more books!

-Mrs. Turkey

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Yay, you came! This bookcase is totally different now - for the better :) Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Elizabeth @ said...

I love this! I have a bookcase that I want to paint. I might have to use your idea. And I love to kill a mockingbird too! :)

Vintage Restyled said...


Jenna said...

Looks gorgeous! I love the dimensions that the stripes add!

Amanda said...

You've done a great job! Brian was bang on with the blue, and you have the patience of a saint, two coats of paint, I always cut corners when I can!

Linda said...

Thanks Everyone! Yeah, two coats of paint was a pain but after one coat the stripes were a bit streaky so I knew that would bug me forever unless I did another coat :o) The biggest pain is that I have two bookcases! I've been working the last few days on getting the other one done. I'll post more pics of how the room is coming together when I FINALLY finish! :o)

andieclark said...

That's a pretty nice idea because you will see your loads of books as you wake up. It's going to remind you of the beautiful stories you got from those books. If it's too much though, I suggest you keep them at the storage services in Perth because it's going to be safe in there.

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