Bookshelf Remodel

This old 195's house is full of surprises. Come check out our latest adventure with our bookshelf remodel.  It's more user friendly and pleasing to the eye.

You may or may not have read, here,  but we bought an old 1950’s fixer upper last year (that we love)  and we are in the process of updating it.

There are so many projects that go along with an older home and I am always amazed at how simple some projects sound and then once I dive into it I realize it is much more complicated. 

This bookshelf remodel luckily is one of the easier remodels I have done in this house. Today I am going to show you how I updated my recessed bookshelf. 

This old 195's house is full of surprises. Come check out our latest adventure with our bookshelf remodel.  It's more user friendly and pleasing to the eye.
This bookshelf is unique in my opinion, it is a built in bookshelf that sits next to our Sherwood wood burning fireplace.   It just seems a little awkward or out of place, not sure what it is about it, but it is there so I decided it was time to make it look better.
This old 195's house is full of surprises. Come check out our latest adventure with our bookshelf remodel.  It's more user friendly and pleasing to the eye.

The bookshelf originally had 4 shelves.  Each shelf isn’t very tall and the top shelf especially was awkward to decorate and clean.  I decided to use my handy dandy Sawzall to remove the top shelf.

That was a project all by itself.  However, I love  the shelf much better now that the top
shelf is taller.

The finish on the wood originally was a simple thick varnish.  I was worried about getting the paint to stick so I used a thick coat of primer.  I haven’t had any problems with the paint coming up.  I removed all of the existing trim and replaced it with door molding that I had left over
from a previous project.

This old 195's house is full of surprises. Come check out our latest adventure with our bookshelf remodel.  It's more user friendly and pleasing to the eye.

 

Here is the finished project:
-three shelves instead of 4
-new trim
-new paint.
Makes me so happy!!
Isn’t it amazing how a little paint can transform something from old to new.  I am still unsure what I think about the surrounding brick.  It seems a little dark but for now I have decided to leave it.  The updated bookshelf definitely makes the room feel more cozy. To see my fireplace mantle remodel phase 1, hop on over here.Be sure to follow me on instagram @hawthorenandmain, facebook and pinterest for some behind the scenes action!

UPDATE** 

This bookshelf underwent another makeover, let me know which one you like better.

This old 195's house is full of surprises. Come check out our latest adventure with our bookshelf remodel.  It's more user friendly and pleasing to the eye.

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Comments

  1. says

    Love the transformation and how it totally updates the entire look. Especially like the frame around the shelves. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. I'll be working on a dresser…just bought some Ann Sloan paint and am so excited to use it.

    • says

      Erlene thanks for stopping by, I enjoy linking at Merry Monday! You are going to love your Annie Sloan chalk paint. Cant wait to see what you paint!

    • says

      Thanks Kristy, it seems to work good for now. The brown is pretty dark but it makes everything match, which is better than what is was before :)

  2. says

    Looks great! I love the paint color you chose and how it blends so well with the brick. I am always amazed at what a huge impact a little paint can make!

    • says

      Thanks Megan! I went through quite a few paint samples to find that one 😉 I totally agree with you on how paint can create a big impact.

    • says

      Christine thanks for stopping by. The previous owners loved that scrolly trim, the outside of the house is covered in it…..that will change soon!

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