Our living room sports this fabulous built-in bookshelf (gotta love cool old houses!), but I didn't care for its original display of DVDs, dorm-y picture frames, and other mismatched items that were deposited there upon moving in. Of course, since I am always on a budget, I had to be creative with how I alternatively filled these spaces. Here are some ideas for meaningful yet wallet-friendly items you can use to transform your bookshelf from a blah dumping grounds for knick knacks and media to an inspiring and customized nook!
1. Baskets. These add great texture to the shelf as well as an organized place to deposit things that you really don't want on display. Such unmentionables for us include my coupon folder, our video camera, computer cables, batteries, cat toys, boxes of greeting cards, and Rick's underwear. No, just kidding. Although it would free up a lot of space in the dresser...which would mean more room for me...which would mean I could go shopping...I must consider this.
|A book formerly known as Thomas' 10th Edition of Calculus...|
3. Glass bottles. As I mentioned in this earlier post about color, bottles are one of the cheapest (you can't beat free) things you can use to add some recycled flavor to your shelves. I will semi-frequently peruse the recycling bins around the block to find unique and interesting bottles that could pass as decor. While I'm lucky to have a living room that features colors frequently used in glass bottles (brown and green) I have also spray-painted bottles in a matte finish for a brand new and easy-to-change color.
Desperately trying to find a mug that doesn't have anything on it? No problem! Just take a can of spray paint (since you won't ever be drinking out of it, there's no problem with this) to your least favorite mug and voila, you have the color of your choice. In some cases, you may want to use a coat of spray primer first, if "BEST GOLF DAD IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD" or something like that is printed on it in extra-large, extra-bold letters. No, we don't have one of these. Mainly because Rick is neither a golfer nor a dad. Maybe someday...
So there you have it. A little run-down of some of the everyday objects that grace our living room bookshelf with surprising elegance and style. What do you have on your bookshelves that makes them unique?