Hey all! Guess how I spent my weekend? Filling up those bookcases we built a week ago, yippee! I love books, and I love decorative objects. This new wall of bookcases allows me to combine the best of both. I’ve heard such great things about the convenience of Kindle and iPad reading, but for me, there’s nothing like a book to touch and smell, and for savoring the words on a printed page.
How best to begin this project? I had to start at the back. Grasscloth wallpaper would have been major cool, but expensive and time consuming. Been there, done that. Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper might have been fun I couldn’t find the right one. Stencils seemed too busy. One thing I knew, I was going to pack it with a book + collectible combo and I worried with all the stuff, the background would compete.
I finally decided to paint the back of these bookcases a rich teal color, because 1. it’s a color I never get tired of, 2. it showcases all the white accessories, 3. it coordinates with the colors in the window panels in the room and 4. it was just so dang easy.
I started this adventure Saturday morning, coffee cup in my left hand, paintbrush in the right. Painting the backs was the easy part. (Tip: use a good angled brush!) The hard part was later in the day when it was dry. After I put all the shelves back in, I was staring at piles and piles of my favorite books, and deciding where they should all go. Very daunting. Worse, I was distracted with the piles of books because I can’t help but crack the spines or peek at the pages I’ve tabbed in the past or flip through to see what I’ve underlined. Do you do that? Underline and tab and bookmark your favorite pages? I wasn’t allowed to when I was little, but I do it all the time now, I can’t stop.
I finally decided just to organize them by category, like at a bookstore or library (wow, original concept!) It just makes sense to group them that way. Fiction, nonfiction, reference, design, faith, travel, etc. I was only able to fit about 75% of my books because it was starting to feel too crowded, but so be it. I’ll either donate the rest or put them back in a closet where most of them lived before.