Okay, so I finally got around to taking pictures of the painted built ins! I am SO glad I decided to bite the bullet and paint them white, it makes such a difference in that room! It is so much lighter and airier and just makes me feel so much more at home if that makes sense. I laid out several things that I had for the bookshelves, got out some fall decorations, and my friend Joanna came over and worked her magic and made them look so pretty! Built ins are tough for a minimalist like myself, I h.a.t.e. clutter and can't stand "busy" spaces so its really hard to fill empty shelves with "things" and not have it look cluttered or just plain empty. So, without further ado, here is the before and after!
I didn't think to take a photo how it was before they were painted, this is the photo I took right after we bought the house so, although its hard to tell how it really was w/out furniture, etc. you can see how dark it was.
Okay, so to say I hate the light fixtures in this room would be an understatement. I haaate them. I have been trying to find something that meets the criteria I'm looking for and after looking through thousands (literally) of fixtures, I still can't find what I want. They cast a yellow sheen on every.thing. and its very unattractive lighting and makes everything appear a different color. Ick! So, try to ignore the bad light/fixtures and imagine the walls a creamier white than the built ins (painting them is on the ever growing to-do list). And, we are planning to move the couch. Now that we have a sectional sofa it really cuts the room in half so the goal is to move the couch to the corner and open up the room, stay tuned on that front too!
You can see I took off the shade on the sconce b/c I decided I'd rather have it bare than that hideous yellow light! Maybe I can just say I'm going for an "industrial" feel.:)
Happy Friday and have a great weekend! xo