Today, I’m excited to share the custom bookcases from columns my dad built for the master bedroom at Loblolly Manor.
I’ll just go ahead and fess up now this was another idea I dreamt up in concept but had no idea how to actually execute it. Thankfully, as in the case of the barn door surround for the air conditioning return in the laundry room my dad was on board to build the bookcase and my mom was the rock star that painted it.
My dad built four of these columns totally from scratch several years ago. I know! Our original plan was use them in the dining room at Loblolly but once we got two of the four columns installed we realized it would be too tight to install all four of them in the same room. Especially given the dining room table, which he also built, easily sits all 12 of us. So, we used two of the columns to help create a more formal transition from the entry to the dining room and we saved the other two columns until we could come up with a special plan for them.
We could tell my dad was definitely bummed because he had worked really hard on the columns. I knew we could come up with a plan b for them but every time we came up with an idea, we hit a design speed bump. Once we got serious about giving Loblolly Manor a makeover though, creating bookcases from those columns for the master bedroom became almost a mission for me.
Just to refresh, here’s a look at what was in the space before the bookcase was installed. This desk has since been painted and moved to another room. I’ll share that post with you once we upholster the chair we paired with this desk. It’s still on the to-do list!
The bookcase though, it’s all but complete. It’s almost eight feet high. You can see the two columns flanking the shelves.
The shelves were created with dado joints
and my parents chose bead board for the back of the bookcase.
The entire bookcase was painted in Decorator White by Benjamin Moore.
As some of you may know, we always seem to be on some sort of treasure hunt. We frequented estate sales, antique malls, thrift stores, charity shops and outdoor events FOR MONTHS to collect all of these pieces. Tip one for styling a bookcase: shop often.
Tip two is probably my best piece of advice: stick to a consistent color palette when you’re looking for books and smalls like this. It is super easy to get caught up in fun pieces that won’t necessarily be the best fit when you get home. Using this tactic will also keep you from over buying smalls that you don’t need as well.
While you’re shopping remember tip three: look for pieces that have varying heights, layers of textures and finishes too.
Keep in mind styling shelves takes time! Keep at it until you’ve reached a look you love. We usually style one shelf at a time and whenever we feel stuck we walk out of the room, seek a second opinion or scrap the shelf that’s giving us the most trouble and start over again.
I can honestly say going from having the desk in this corner to having this bookcase completely changed the master bedroom.
We plan to add a reading chair, we just haven’t found one that’s streamlined enough to fit the space yet is deep enough and comfortable enough to sit for long periods of time yet.
It’s exciting to see how things are coming together for now though and working with my parents on this project has been a dream!
See you guys back here tomorrow. We’ve made a lot of progress on the master bedroom at Loblolly and I’ll share the rest of the changes. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.