Happy Monday! Today, we're showing you how to give a plain bookcase a fun color-block makeover! But that's not all. We're also showing you two different ways to style it, AND we're showing you a fun wall mural in the process. This is one you don't want to miss. First, let's paint the bookcase of your dreams. Check it out…
1. With painters tape, tape off the front of the cabinet.
2. Paint each cube a different color, let dry. You'll likely need to do two coats of each color.
3. Let fully dry.
4. Spray with polyacrylic to seal.
Now that you've got your bookcase, it's time to style the space! We styled two rooms with it – one as a children's playroom and another as a sophisticated seating area. For both rooms, we decided to keep the art simple so that the peach mural could be the star of the show. To create the mural, we traced a thin outline on the wall and then painted it in.
Here, we have the kid's playroom! The color-block bookcase is a major focal piece. The painted shelves add a really fun and playful element to the space! We didn't want to completely cover the color within the painted shelves, so we made sure not to fill them too full.
We used the bookcase as a cubby for toys, books, and games. We love it because it helps keep toys organized and clutter at bay while also being pretty to look at. It also makes it easy for kids to put their things away because every item has its own cube!
We kept the artwork simple with a fun giraffe photograph on a white background, and then we added in lots of fun pillows, stools, and rugs to make the space cozy for kids.
Sources shown: Benjamin Moore Snow White paint, Benjamin Moore Springtime Peach paint, The Animal Print Shop giraffe print, vintage green rug, Lorena Canals neutral rug, Target large purple floor pillow, Natti Natti dotted floor pillow*, Target white round pillow, Castle round gold pillow, Anthropologie stripe pillow, Manhattan Toy Company wooden house, World Market wooden fire house, Little Lights rainbow light, Kiko wooden camera, Meri Meri doll, Target sailor doll, Oh Joy! DIY pom bin, Sleepy King pink alpaca, Miniso wooden cars (in-store only), Ikea wooden truck, Pink Linen Designs wooden rainbow cut out*, Petit Collage feelings memory game, Grandin Road peacock chair, Target round shag pillow, Castle round blue pillow, Meri Meri flamingo plush, Ikea stools (painted), Target kids table.
Now, here we have a seating area that grown-ups will love as well! As you can see, we kept a lot of the larger elements the same – the rugs, peach wall mural, and fun bookcase. Styling with a lot of colors doesn't have to feel young. You can make it sophisticated with a little bit of whimsy…it's all in the details! For example, chic gold always makes a space feel more mature, so we brought in lots of gold with the end tables and lamp.
For this room, we filled the bookcase with books, vases, candles, and other pretty odds and ends. We love a color-coordinated bookcase, so we filled each cubby with objects that matched the interior color.