Me and built-ins had a date this weekend. Now, they're not my built-ins, they're my brother's. He just bought a new (really old) house and they're the star of the living room. So when my brother gave me carte blanche to do whatever I wanted with his new house, the built-ins became my pet project.
They're flanked by a window on each side which lets in a lot of light which is good for you know, people who like natural light but bad for people who, you know, want to take pictures of said built-ins..that would be me.
So here is the before. Don't you love how before pictures are made even more dramatically horrible by paint cans & rollers sitting around? It's like the Pro-Activ commercial before pics, the ones where the ladies have no makeup on with rats nest hair and lots of acne, then magically their acne is gone & all of a sudden they know how to brush their hair? Woops, tangent. Anyway, here is the before.
And the after! Ta-Da!
My mission was to keep it classy but manly & on a loowwww budget. First, he painted the entire room in Valspar's Churchill Hotel Maple, which is part of their National Trust Historic Color Palette. Then I chose Corduroy Black for the back of the shelves to match the curtain panels I ordered through JC Penney. They had them in stores at 84" but I needed 63" so I went to their catalog...they are my most favorite place for curtains, they always have what I need. Of course, the paint looks black in pictures but in person, it's a gorgeous dark, dark blue.
Since most of you know by now that I have very little patience, I was convinced that when I tried to paint these, I'd be slapping paint all over the white shelves because I'm always in a rush. Well, whoever built these did me a huuuuuge favor. There is a teeny, not visible to the human eye, gap betweeen the shelves and the back wall. Enough of a gap where my paint brush fit right under and in between. The result? The whole thing was painted and looking good in I dunno, two hours?
Then came the fun part. Throwing decorative useless-to-my-brother crap onto the shelves! I had picked up a few odds and ends here and there at Pier One and HomeGoods on clearance, but clearly not enough. I've still got lots of room to fill. My favorite part is the textured boxes on the bottom shelf, which house his kids' movies. They're hidden yet the kids have easy access to them. Poifect.
I'm kinda in love with the results. And I kinda might make my husband build me some built-ins. Like an entire wall of them. Maybe if I promise him that one of the cubbies can display one of those old nascar plaques he has. Maybe he'll go for it then. I'd obviously be lying to him but I'd get what I want. And really? That's all that matters.