Bookshelf Project – One Room Challenge Week #2

Welcome to week #2 of the One Room Challenge!

Last week I shared my design board for Emmie’s room.

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}

The pink walls are now gray.,


So today I’d like to share my bookshelf project with you!

Below is a picture of her current bookshelf.

girls room at home in the northwest

It’s too short.  Can you see books shoved under the bookshelf?  Lack of space means it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bookshelf.

I bought this simple bookshelf at Target with plans to give it a facelift .



And after all my work,  here’s the bookshelf now!

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

It was fun to watch the simple bookshelf transform. And as always, the project took longer than I’d planned.

First, I assembled the main structure.

bookshelf faceliftat home in the northwest blog

I left both the back and top off so that I could add my own decorative touch.

Lowes carries great wooden planks, which I cut to size and spray painted white.

painted planks for the bookshelf at home in the northwest

The bookshelf came with the cardboard type backing.  But by adding wooden planks, it made it a more solid structure as well as gave it tons of character.

planked back bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

For the top of the bookshelf , I had a larger pieece of wood cut.  Then I cut crown molding (and re-cut it because I haven’t mastered cutting crown yet).

adding crown to a simple bookshelf at home in the northwest

Once I got my cuts right, I attached the crown molding with my nail gun.  {I’m not sure if the pro’s use masking tape to hold the crown in place, but it worked for me!}

Here is another closer look at the finished top:

bookshelf 3  at home in the northwest

I also added decorative trim to the base of the bookshelf:

Here is the before:

BOOKSHELF BASE BEFORE  at home in the northwest

And a glimpse at the after:

bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

I so thrilled with how it turned out.  And am so thankful for more shelves to hold all of Emmie’s books and knick knacks!

Let’s take one last look at the after:

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

Make sure you come back next week for more progress on my ORC!


To read week 1 of the ORC, click here.

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The Perfect {Barely There} Gray

I’ve been searching for the perfect gray.

My first purchase was of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. I’ve seen it several places online and I was excited to give it a try.



Cozy.Cottage.Cute used Gray Owl and lightened  it by 50%.

I tried that color sample too.


via cozy.cottage.cute

That colored looked PERFECT on my computer.  I don’t know if it’s my eyes, or the lighting in my house, but my Gray Owl did NOT look like that in my house! I first sampled Home Depot’s mix of the color. After finding the color a bit too green for me {yes, green!}, I went to Benjamin Moore.  Their color sample was the same! It did not look like the color above.

I sampled many, many colors.  The picture below is simply a small representation….


Through the process, I realized that I was looking for a ‘barely there’ gray. Not a deep, solid, rich gray that you may paint the outside of a house. But a nice subtle, almost-white-with-a-bit-of-gray type of gray.

Finally – yes finally – I found it!  It took some perseverance, but I did it.

the perfect barely there gray

Benjamin Moore’s Shoreline looked great in my house.  Just a touch of gray. Not too green. Not too blue. Just right.

So I painted Emmie’s room painted last week.  While I don’t have any pictures to share of her room yet, here is a nursery I came across on Houzz that used BM Shoreline…

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I love it!

It took me awhile, but I persevered and found my perfect gray!

There is still plenty to be done in Emmie’s room.  So stay tuned for progress pictures in the future!


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