We probably all have that space in our house, that is where we throw all of our clutter. For us, it was our small add-on to our home that has served as many things. It’s been a lego room, a toy room, an art room, an online school learning space, and most recently my office and dumping zone for all things. This room already has great bones, and has been worked on through the years. The side I focused on for this project was the full wall of shelves, and that was more visible to guests. Phase 2 will be the opposite wall that is my office area.
Goal: Take the existing shelves and paint them black to match the rest of the built-in. Also add front framing to it using 1×2’s to bulk up the shelves a bit. Style it using Matt’s large book collection, and my thrifted collection.
Time to basically air our dirty laundry and show you the before. embarrassing. This really needs no explanation.
Once cleared out, sorted, and found the correct spot for many of the items, I started priming. * I primed the shelves first, and then added the face frames after because those were already primed. We used our nail gun to add them on, and then filled the nail holes before starting the black paint. We used Bin Primer and Tricorn Black from Sherwin Williams. Isn’t that a crazy difference just by adding those 1x2s in the front? I love how it makes it look more complete.
Looking back at these images also makes me think about painting the trim in here black…maybe someday!
I am so happy to finally have this done, and as it always goes, I wish we would have done this sooner! It finally feels like an extension of our main floor, and not just a space we need to close the door and hide everything in.
What makes me love this space the most is how it’s filled with things we love. We’ve always had a large book collection so it was easy to fill the shelves with those. Once the books were in, I started adding some of my favorite thrifted pieces. There were no rules for me on these shelves, other than to love the items we put on them. To me, this is what makes it feel cozy, collected, and inviting. I did add in a few items from Target, H&M and amazon. It’s the mix of the old and new that works well together.
I saved the bottom row of the shelves for storage, and used these stylish storage cubes. We have 4 total on the bottom shelf, and they hold kids art supplies, extra frames/artwork, kids art/school papers, and one empty. I love the look of them, but also that they have a lid…gotta hide that stuff inside 😉 The other items are thrifted like my rattan card holder, and the wicker tray is currently holding my seed packets.
The last piece of this corner was a cozy chair to cuddle up in. We had an old Pottery Barn chair that we just posted on a hand me down group that morning. The cover on it was so worn, and we just had no purpose for it….until I realized it would be perfect in this corner! I purchased a new chair cover from Amazon for $20, and its like a brand new chair! I loved mixing in some of my favorite floral pillows. The leather footstool is a favorite thrifted find. We have the perfect cozy corner, and we’re so glad we finished this!