Learn how to update a boring bookcase with wrapping paper for a fun pop of color and pattern!
Happy Wednesday, friends! If you are on my very special newsletter list, you already know that Wednesdays are going to become “office update” days around here!
Blogging can be deceiving in that you usually see a messy “before” and then an instantaneous perfect “after,” when really there is so much that goes on in between! I decided that instead of skipping straight to the reveal, I would give progress updates as we go along so that you can see what’s happening in “real time.”
So when we left the office last Wednesday, it was looking something like this:
Not cute. Since I had the space planned out and basic colors chosen (see this post), the next thing I did was go on the hunt for the perfect gray paint. And if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have helped me! Thank you SO very much for all of your tips!! Here were the three options I had narrowed it down to:
So after reading all of your comments, talking to people who have used the different colors in their homes, and looking at LOTS of pictures on Pinterest, I ended up going with #2, which is Behr’s Gentle Rain. (In case you’re curious, #1 is Silver Drop by Behr, and #3 is Dolphin Fin, also by Behr.)
With the decision made, it was time to get painting! Because I was too lazy to sort everything right at that moment, I just moved it all to the middle of the room, and for a few days my office looked like this:
With my lovely 5 year old assistant by my side, we painted and painted and painted some more. I even had to do the trim because the baseboards were pink from the previous owner, and we just hadn’t touched them until now. Actually, this room had pink baseboards, pink walls, AND a pink ceiling when we moved in. It was pretty crazy looking.
Bye-bye pink baseboards!
After the painting was done, I decided to bite the bullet and sort through all of my stuff. I threw away some things, relocated other items to different areas of the house, added stuff to the “donate” pile, and stored everything I wanted to keep in the closet. This was mostly because I really wanted hubby to put the storage furniture together for me, and he needed a space to do that. 🙂
While he was building the bookshelves and cube unit, I decided to spruce up the bookshelf backing with some wrapping paper, and since we hadn’t attached it yet, it was so easy! I just used double-sided tape to attach the wrapping paper to the top of the backing. Then I would place a few more pieces of double-sided tape about 8″ down the backing, unroll the wrapping paper, and attach it, smoothing it down. I just repeated that until the entire thing was covered!
I covered the backings for both bookcases, and each one only took me about five minutes! It was a simple project, but I think it will make a big impact in the space. Here are the bookshelves with the backings sitting behind them; they haven’t been attached yet.
Ooh I’m loving it already! My friends at Staples hooked me up with this awesome storage, and I can’t wait to put it to good use holding all of my supplies! Before we start filling the shelves though, we’re going to make these guys a little fancier by adding some trim to the top. Hubby has already been doing some measuring and cutting, and I think it’s going to look great!
Other than the updated paint color, the other side of the room is looking pretty rough– it’s storing supplies that I’ve purchased for this room and our living room makeover– but it will get some love soon enough!
So that has been our week! We accomplished a good amount, but we still have a long way to go, so I’ll be back soon with more updates!
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I think of all we still have left to do, but I’m also excited to see the end product! If you want the insider scoop on all of the latest happenings, be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
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[Psssttt… You can find ideas for organizing every single room of the house in this post!]
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week!
Have you done any redecorating lately? I want to hear about it!
*Staples provided storage pieces for this office makeover, but of course all opinions are my own! For more information, see my disclosures here.*