Drama. Usually less is what we go for, but not in the case of bookshelves. In our current house we kept the original bookshelves that frame either side of the hearth in the living area. They got a coat of white paint, new knobs, and faux backs to cover over audio equipment and we called it a day. Low drama, verging on boring, maybe even sterile.
After we moved in, I dressed them out with some accessories and books that we had, thinking that I would come revamp at a later date. Recently, I started considering how to give the shelves a little more depth. My first thought was wallpaper, preferably the adjustable, peel-and-stick kind. I bought some from Target and brought it home to think it over.
I weighed the wallpaper versus just painting the backs of the shelves for a while...a "while" being two months. Needless to say, I struggled with this life altering decision before going with the paint option. I just didn't love the wallpaper after staring at it and figured paint lends itself to more options as far as color. Don't get me wrong, you can get wallpaper in almost any pattern but the budget friendly stuff that is peel-and-stick doesn't come in a wide range of options. I ended up going with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze which is a dark bronze almost black that lends itself to gray in certain lights and goes especially well with the Agreeable Gray walls in the living area. So I returned the wallpaper and the process began.
Overall, the process took about 3 1/2 hours from undressing the shelves, to taping the edges, trimming in, and painting the two coats. It could probably be done in less time if the painter wasn't 38 weeks preggo. Impressive, right? Helloooooo nesting.
Loving the new, more dramatic look of the shelves. The dark back drop for my trinkets balances the fireplace screen and TV a lot better than the white. Coming soon... new upholstery for my loves there front and center, the chrome x-benches. Can't wait to share once I tackle those pretties. This room is definitely a work in progress so stay tuned!