Hello! So I decided to kick 2017 off with some change! Of course, lots of people want to start the new year fresh by changing their health, fitness, clothes, appearance, etc. And I am absolutely one of those people, but more than anything I want to work on my space (and naturally, by “my” I mean “our” with my husband). I feel like the physical space you’re in has a huge impact on the mental space you end up in. Even in marriage, Robert and I have both noticed that when the dishes aren’t done we tend to bicker more. Who knows, maybe it’s a totally unrelated coincidence, but when our counters are clean and the dishwasher is running we definitely are more at ease and loving with one another.
So space changing! The reason we’re here! I live in a one bedroom/ one bath with my husband and our two 50lb dogs. That being said, it is very easy to start feeling crammed when our apartment gets even the least bit disorganized. So I had the idea for this project before the holidays, but with all the traveling and whatnot it fell by the wayside. But with our limited space, our mental space was starting to feel claustrophobic because the unfinished project in our dining room was crowding our lives.
I decided to use the back wall of our dining room to create a wall of bookshelves for storage. I wanted to use this space for our books, DVDs, my craft supplies, and things we’ve collected through the years that we want displayed. I searched on VarageSale and OfferUp for a large bookshelf and couldn’t find one for a price that I could justify carrying a large wooden piece to the third floor of our building. So I bought 2 short bookshelves from Wal-Mart (they were about $15 each). I also had a tall bookshelf, also from Wal-Mart that seperates into two pieces, and I just trashed the bottom half since it was damaged in the move from my college apartment to Austin. I wasn’t able to find any in white, sadly, so all of the shelves were originally black.
So there’s an easy way and a hard way to do this project. You can take the long, hard way of sanding down the pieces and painting them white. OR you can take the easier route of picking up a few cans of spray paint and executing that way. For me, it took one can of spray paint per bookshelf. I started with painting and then after getting both frustrated and bored of painting and re-painting, I picked up the spray paint. The spray paint I used wass Heirloom White from Rust-oleum.
In the finished photo you can see I removed the cardboard backing of the shelves and left them open. I feel like with the openness and the creamy white color, it creates a more open space in our dining room compared to the dark shelves making the space feel more closed off.
I’m in love with this simple, inexpensive way to create storage and add pizzazz to a room. So with the cost of the bookshelf and spray paint, it cost about $20 each for each bookshelf, so not bad at all! Is anyone else working on any cool DIY projects? I love hearing new ideas and ways to be innovative with home space. Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!
From Taji, with love ❤
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