One of the things I’m most focused on doing before grad school starts is making sure I have a quiet, cohesive organized space to do work. If I wait until the work has started, it will never get done ( I know this from experience). Since I didn’t take my desk with me when I moved, I’m starting with a totally blank slate, which is pretty exciting. After searching through photos on the internet of beautiful home offices, one of the things I was continually drawn to was very simple lines with walls of built-in bookcases. Since this is a little bit (read way) out of my budget or the scope of my know-how, I really loved how this space has some of the same atmosphere.
After a quick bit of searching, I found a desk and bookcases that would help me get a similar look at Target. I chose this desk and these bookcases to go with it. I like that they’re not as narrow as the ones pictured above.
Let me just tell you that after they were delivered and I took the time to put all three pieces together, I didn’t want to look at them for about three days or so. I was so sick of wrangling tiny little screws!
Now comes the fun part: I didn’t know that there were so many ways to decorate (or “style”) a bookcase, but I wasted a good bit of time investigating all the different suggestions. This article from Centsational Girl made lots of really great points. Here are some ideas that I loved.
I haven’t gotten very far yet, but I decided that I for sure wanted to cover the back panel of the cases with an interesting and cheerful pattern. The comforter in the extra bedroom is a cool gray and yellow graphic pattern and so I wanted to stick with something that would go with that. Once I found this contact paper on Amazon, I was sold. (also, it was only $5.50 since I added to an order of things I had already decided on. . . can’t beat that!)
I just received it this morning, and couldn’t wait to get work! I’ve only done one bookcase so far, but I loved the results so much that I really wanted to share my progress.
What do you think? I love how cheerful they look now that they’re not just plain white. Have you ever done something simple like this to make a pretty big change in the way something looks?