If there was ever a time to paint it’s the month of January. In our family, we like to wait for a more snow and warmer temps in the mountains. It’s also a slow month in residential home sales so it’s a good month to haul out the ladders and paint tarps. And, so January became the month I decided to paint the shelves and built-ins in our basement.
After we got our entire interior walls painted last year (best investment ever) I missed a little color. Last January, while my husband was on his annual guys’ ski trip, I painted a few accent walls to add some much-needed color to our Revere Pewter walls.
Built-ins Before Paint
And then I took a look at our white built-in bookcases in the basement and made the decision to paint the back of the shelves after seeing Heather’s shelves in her family room.
The back of the shelves and walls were both painted with Revere Pewter (even though it looks like the color of evaporated milk in this photo).
This is the same fireplace after this project. We also replaced the square tiles with thin set stone sold in “sheets” at Home Depot.
The contrast between the lighter walls and the Hale Navy added much-needed depth to the area. Many of the same or similar accessories look completely different. I think the painted built-ins class up the shelves and the accessories.
What do you think? My husband initially thought the shelves were “just fine.” But, loved how the paint made our “stuff” look better. Of course, I reminded him the classier word for our stuff is an accessory.
What are you waiting for…?