wonderfully made: Bookshelf diaries

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bookshelf diaries

Bookshelves are underrated.

Built-in bookshelves, especially.

Just look at how a well-styled bookshelf gives the room (and it's owner) a defined personality:

I can only hope to one day own a home with built-in bookshelves, but for now, I have to start small. I did so a couple weekends ago by purchasing this bookshelf from Ikea. I had seen this Pin previously and had similar ideas for my new purchase:

I'm not convinced (and neither is hubby) that we should spray paint it, although that is what drew me to the original inspiration. What do you think?

Here's where we are so far:

Obviously, I need more books!


  1. This is such a cute DIY!!! I love the original pin, especially the gold that they spray painted, but yours is just as cute!!! Would it be a hassle to spray paint it?

  2. Cute! Love the little elephant! :) I didn't have built in bookshelves until we moved into our current house - and LOVE the two built in walls in our office. They're a HASSLE to clean, but totally worth it.

  3. Love it!! I've collected tons of books since we were roommates and don't want to get rid of them, so they would look great on a built in bookshelf. Love your pics too....I like the floral dining room curtains peaking in corner of the photo :)

  4. I like the bookshelf as-is since it goes so well with the rest of the room! I also love your styling :) Bookshelves are awesome!

  5. Thank ya! You got to see it in person! ;)

  6. Yes! Books are one of my favorite décor items...Thanks Kelly! :)

  7. I have a couple elephants, they just make me happy! Yes, you got lucky with those bookshelves!

  8. Thanks girl! I've seen other versions as well. Nope, it would be super simple to spray paint it. The shelves are easily removable. Maybe I can do it down the line!


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