I'm using the color SW Grizzle Gray (mixed in my favorite Behr Ultra paint in satin finish). This is the same color I used in my dining room (which is the room adjoining this one) - so I love how the color flows from one room to the next!
Painting the cabinets was a little tedious, but I just put on a good podcast (or two) and knocked it out with a brush and a roller. It did take 2 coats to fully cover, with a little sanding in between to give everything a smooth finish.
I chose basic satin nickel pulls from Home Depot for these cabinet doors. I think they finish it off nicely without competing for attention.
One trick: because even with brand new cabinets the doors are not always the most level, I made a "jig"with a piece of paper so the handles were at the same height across the room.
The top line lines up the the "counter top" part of the bookshelves, then I marked where the holes needed to be drilled. I made small marks on the cabinets, drilled my holes, and installed my handles. No guessing involved, and it made the process much quicker.
We unpacked our books and *kind of* styled the shelves. I love that the books aren't packed in there - there's still room to breathe (and add more books!).
I'm so happy with the decision to make the lowest shelf high enough for decor. Not only does it make a fun space to decorate, but I think the height of the book shelves are more proportionate. It's a better use of space than having a bunch of wall space in between shelves.
See the globe now fits perfectly in this space!
I've also thought about adding library lights to the top of the shelves, but I'm not sure we really need them. Verdict is still out on that...
I love that this is now an interesting wall to look at! It's a space right off the entryway, so it's one of the first things you see when you come in. A big wall of books (makes us look smart right?? hehe.)
Look at how sharp those black french doors look in this space too! You can see the whole painting process for the doors here. I decided to paint the other side of the doors black also.
The trim will be white in this room and the walls a warm medium gray (a lighter version of SW Dorian Gray). That painting project is next on the list!
But for now let's just enjoy the finished shelves ;) My husband's desk will float in this space in front of the shelves, so he'll have desk storage as well as all those cupboards behind him.
See?? Building built-ins isn't that hard. Have a place you are dreaming of some??
Until next time,