Built-Ins: Round 2

Do you guys remember the built-ins we made for our first home? Here’s a little reminder if you don’t remember. I was so in love with them, and they worked so well for the space.


When we purchased our current home, I knew I wanted built-ins for the living room. Once you have them, you just can’t go back. The living room in our current home is much more open than our last place, and so I decided I would try to find something pre-existing that I could modify. Here’s the before shot:


I ended up scoring these solid oak bookshelves on Craiglists for $250!


I slapped some homemade chalk paint on them, and then sanded down our existing sideboard on each side, and they just fit the space like a glove. Here’s the beautiful result:



I have to say, I actually like these built-ins more than our first ones. I think it’s because the space is more open. I miss having a fireplace, but we’re hoping to built a mantel shelf to hang in the center, after Match mounts the TV. He’s also going to put reclaimed wood behind the tv, to give it a pop of color, and to tie it in with our closet mud room.


I love how the space looks now! It’s exactly what I wanted, and it was half the price of our first built in project.




    wow, it looks so good! It didn’t look “finished” at all before. It definitely completes the space!


    No way. Totally makes the room and you did such a beautiful job on these!! I love seeing before/after projects–I feel as though you really need to have a good eye to detect which furniture pieces have great bones to work with! 🙂

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