Remember this project? The one that I left off in September? Well, we finally did the very last project a couple of weeks ago! I wanted John’s input on how to style the bookshelves because this is his room, these are his things, and I didn’t want to display things or have things out that he didn’t love.
First things first, I put this off for so long because I kept wanting to buy a new bookcase. In the end, I came to terms with the fact that there is nothing wrong with this one and it fits the space perfectly. I did want to brighten it up as much as possible, so the first step was to take everything off (it had become very cluttered) and paint the back of the piece with the wall color (Ben Moore Pale Oak).
Here’s where we landed!
I put everything in piles on the floor, with like things grouped (ie. all the Harry Potter books, all the Coke bottles) in his room so that we could easily see it and also so that this project would take no more than 5 minutes of his time. (Apparently 6th graders prioritize things like Fortenight (?) over decorating.) He literally swooped through and just said “yes” or “no” to each item. That made editing a breeze. Some of the “nos” were donated but most were sweet, memorable figurines that I wrapped and stored in his memory box in the closet. I didn’t involve him on how his things got back on the shelf. I mean, that would really be pressing my luck.
How to style bookshelves
- Start with the thing you have most of. In this case, that was the Hardy Boys books. I divided them up into four even groups and put one group on each shelf, alternating which side they went on.
- Add in the rest of the books. Again, I kept series together and then grouped the rest by size. Vary the way you add these to the shelves by putting some upright and some laying down as a “bookend”. Try to keep it even among the shelves.
- Layer in the odds and ends.
I love the way they turned out and think we got the right balance of holding “stuff” and keeping it pleasing to look at. While he didn’t choose some sweet items, the ones he did pick are special as well. The painting was a “forever gift” of the Tybee lighthouse years ago. The silver baby cup and rattles were his (obviously) and are in dire need of polish (I’m out.) The bronzed baby shoe was also his and another “forever gift”.
The duck was from when they boys were honorary duck masters at the Peabody in Memphis. The geode (is that what you call that?) was another gift one year when he was particularly into rocks and minerals. The Steiff bear was mine, passed down to him and the Coke bottles are two of many he decided to keep on display.
I am so glad to have this project complete, as well as the rest of the room!
Here’s what we’ve done so far:
- Last Look at Brother’s Room
- Zinus Mattress + Other Bedding Necessities
- The Queen Bed
- FLOR on the Floor – A New Rug
- The Ceiling Fan
- Styling Bookshelves
As well as these projects not really worth of a blog post:
- Wall hangings over bed and desk
- Tidy up desk and figure out where it should go
- Chair for in front of window for cello practice (I’ll believe it when I see it)
- Chair, coffee table and bean bag for a seating area
I’ll share the full reveal as soon as I can go through all the pictures!!
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED