I have built in shelves in my sitting room. The problem with them is they are tucked in the corner of the room and they don’t get enough attention. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I kind of have an obsession with moving furniture, moving rooms, endlessly changing my mantels…but the decor on these shelves are almost 3 years old. Yes, you read that right…. I decorated these shelves 3 years ago, without changing them up!
When I planned out these shelves. I grouped some books I had into colors. I mixed some pink, blue and green tones and used them as mini shelves. I really like them, but goodness me!!! THREE YEARS without a change…
I needed to refresh my book shelves. I wanted to go with a more neutral look. Whenever I decorate a room for the first time I think of what the focal point is. Sometimes I start with a paint color, a piece of furniture or a rug. I needed a focal point for my shelves.
As you know I love all things vintage.
My sister-in-law is the queen of yard sales and she has an eye for vintage for sure. Once a week she sends me photos of awesome finds and simple types “you need this”!
Well, she asked me if I wanted a vintage typewriter! Guys, I almost said no! ( because I already had one) I quickly came to my design senses and said YES!!! I had always wanted to spray paint a typewriter, but not the one I already had, I am not that brave yet!!
If you collect vintage I’m about to show you a picture that is going to make you go: Gaaaaah! I think I will be able to hear you:
are you still breathing?
So, I have my focal point for my new neutral shelf design. Spray painting this beauty…
I decided to go for it!
One of the most beautiful inventions is SPRAY PAINT. I have many design obsessions; one being I spray paint everything! Seriously, if I see something at a yard sale and it is rusted or would be a nightmare to paint with a brush, I’m like, “oh, I can spray paint this”!
I chose gold because this typewriter deserves the best.
If you have never spray painted before:
- make sure you paint in a well ventilated area, preferably outside
- make sure if you are outside it is not a windy day!
- have designated paint clothes, even for spray painting
You can’t really tell in the photos, but you can see through the paint, so the “Remington” name still shows and the letters on the keys.
Another sight to behold:
empty shelves… are you clapping?
It is simply dreamy…
I gathered books again when redesigning the shelves, but I wanted to keep it neutral so I brought out the white books.
I also added a 2016 design trend on the shelves too. You can read about my favorite 2016 design trends here.
I also turned the books around and faced the spines towards the back of the shelves.
I have old Reader’s Digest books that used to be my fathers. The covers are beautiful and when you face them backwards you can still get a glimpse of the color, they are so cool!
The typewriter is the focal point and I love it! It was just the inspiration I needed to finally change the shelves.