The house ACS and I are living in was built in the ’50s, and you can tell: We’re talking terrazzo floors, palm tree wallpaper in the laundry room and an electrical system that sometimes seems to have a mind of its own. But it’s full of charm, too–not to mention gorgeous natural light, especially in the morning.
When I walked into the house for the first time, the giant built-in bookshelves in what we’re calling the “front room” immediately caught my eye. I’ve dreamed of having built-ins for quite awhile now, but clearly they weren’t going to happen in my old apartment. So I was thrilled when I saw these.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for us), this particular unit was totally unfinished, and the bottom of it was in kind of rough shape. From the moment I set eyes on it, I was itching to paint it a nice, bright white. But everyone who saw that “before” picture, above, told me I needed to ask our landlady before changing anything. You know, since the unit is solid wood and all.
Luckily, the landlady’s response–and I quote–was, “You can do whatever you want.” So within a few days of moving in, we* slapped a coat of bright white paint on the thing, and then, inspired by the console table in the Rifle Paper Co. office space, painted the back a color I’m calling “slate blue.” (The official color, according to the paint chip, is “Pacific Coast.”) We still have to paint the cabinet doors and get new hinges and knobs (I’m thinking gold or brass), but we’re 90 percent done and I couldn’t be happier. We’ve even got books and knick-knacks up there now; once I’m finally finished arranging them, I’ll post an update picture.
More before and after posts to come soon–including the paint color we chose for the rest of the house and our soon-to-be dresser transformation. Woohoo!
*When I say “we” painted the built-in, I 100 percent mean ACS. He did all the work and he did a fantastic job.