I came across this bookcase on a Facebook trading site one day and I fell in love.
Madly, deeply, head over heels in love.
It was perfect for our new house.
It was big.
And it had all kinds of room to display my collections and I thought I just had to have it…
But eight people were ahead of me in line. Eight. It seemed I had found my love too late, but I added my name to that long list of names.
Then I waited
and then waited some more.
I dreamed about how it would look in our house, and how I would decorate it with my odds and ends, all the while knowing it would never be mine.
But somehow Fate intervened and the angels in my head started singing a chorus of Hallelujah because this pretty little lady was mine.
Looking back, I now realize that was the easy part, because after getting her home and set up in the living room, I couldn’t decide what to do with her. For six long months, I would walk by her and shake my head.
What in the world was I going to do to transform this thing?
I loved the grey Elephant Skin paint; however, I wasn’t loving the stained shelves that made it look outdated.
It needed something to make them pop, to make this beauty really stand out and get the attention she deserved.
And then, I finally decided what to I would do.
I was going to turn her into a French Country bookcase.
One to be envied by all other bookcases.
And that’s what I did!
A Few Tips:
- French linen stripes come in a variety of sizes with some being big and chunky like I used and others being skinny and anemic. Choose the width of the stripes based on the look you are seeking. I wanted something bold which would really make a visual impact so I went with the thicker stripes.
- Keep the shelves and side walls the same color as the stripes so that the eye is drawn to the stripes. If I had gone with white on the shelves and side walls, then the stripes would have lost their visual impact.
- Painting the outside of the bookcase a different color will add another degree of depth and interest while also giving a custom designer look to the piece.