Friday, May 16, 2014

New Built-in Shelves

Introducing new  upper shelves and a fresh coat of paint on the old golden oak bottom cabinets, once again proving the power of paint.  This project has been going on since February but well worth the wait!

Here is the built-ins before, hubby made the bookshelves and the bottom cabinets are stock cabinets.  You can see how the TV sat in the shelves on the right.  Yes, old style huge TV.
This picture is old, there has been a new wall color, new couches, new chairs and new drapes but this is the only picture I could find of the entire wall.

a close-up of the oak shelving

We took down the corner cabinets and had a cabinet maker build symmetrical shelves and some molding to make the flat screen TV appear built in.

I knew I wanted a white color to paint all cabinets and Paige (my oldest) has had really good luck with Sherwin Williams Pro Alkyd Interior paint on all her woodwork.  Next up was the color, I just did a search for Sherwin William white and came up with Thistlewood Farms' Six of the Best White Paint Colors and went with her choice, Alabaster.

It is mostly white with just a hint of cream.

I cannot express how much I love this whole look.  Eliminating the corner cabinets from our wall of built-ins, just opened up the wall so much.  Then the TV on the wall, gives me back the mantle and I can  decorate that area again - hurray!!

But above all the white color, just adds so much to the room.  My cabinets are now modern and not the dated golden oak.  The amount of brightness in the room is remarkable.

I had the electrician put the plug in for the television a bit high.  This results in the TV up a bit and the wire showing (HDMI cables for dish box, DVD player and wire for the surround sound) , I put some paint on the wires and that helps disguise it.  (oversized this last picture - click on it to see in full view)

Behind the TV is just the wall, but the cabinet maker suggested to paint that area with the Alabaster. It gives the appearance that the back wall is part of the built-ins and custom made.

My cabinet maker friend did a fabulous job and something my husband could not do and partly didn't have any desire to do.  It did take a couple of weeks for me to paint all the cabinets but worth every minute.  I love, love the new look.

In fact, several people at Mother's Day said they never knew the family room was a  light blue, with the white cabinets the blue color really pops.

linking to

Link Party Palooza



Say G'Day Saturday


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. It's beautiful, Lori. Really fresh and pretty

  3. Great design choices! The new shelves and color truly transform the room :)

  4. Custom Force Interiors is family owned business, We design high quality of Custom Built in Wardrobes Melbourne, Custom Wardrobes, Walk in Wardrobe Melbourne. built in wardrobes Melbourne

  5. Looks really wonderful Lori! I have a number of painting projects this summer - not looking forward to doing it, but know I will be happy once it's done. Paint is definitely a cheap way to spruce things up (tho it's not so cheap anymore). Did you like the SW paint? My friend swears by it (not sure what indoor paint she uses), but says she only ever has to paint one coat because it's that good. Is that your experience too?

  6. It looks very beautiful, Lori.

  7. Anonymous8:58 AM

    Wow! You have been SO BUSY! This looks great!

  8. This looks so bright and airy. I love your decorating style! I need to do something like this to my family room.

  9. Down right Awesome... love it.

  10. It is gorgeous! What a great change!

  11. This looks amazing! The white lightens up the room so much. I bet that was a lot of hard work. Great job! I found you via the TT&J Link Party Palooza.

  12. Wow, that is a gorgeous space. I love the custom shelving and the TV looks great too. Well done!

    I would be thrilled if you could share this post at my weekly Say G’day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a brilliant addition.

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  13. Your room looks fresh and beautiful! Have you considered white washing all or some of your bricks? I love natural brick, but last weekend I came across a blog that showed a before and after picture of white washed brick. I was stunned at the difference! It truly updated her fireplace.

    1. One more thought...I wonder how it would look if you added another piece of molding between the bookshelves to hide the electrical cords? Basically, making the board already going across the back of the mantle a little taller.