Freshly Painted Dining Room Shelves


Saturday, January 18, 2014

I adore my newly painted shelves so much that I now lovingly refer to them as my 'shelfies'.
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No, seriously though. I can't believe that I even hesitated for a second wondering whether or not to paint our new creamy-beige-y-yellow-y Pottery Barn shelves. Once I swiped on the first brushstroke of white primer I just knew it was the right decision. White all the way, baby. White, white, white, white, white, white, white. Thank you to all of my friends (that's you) who left your feedback. It was pretty unanimous - everyone told me to go for it! A few little pep talks were all I needed.

Even though I had zero patience and rushed to put cute dishes and flower pots back on the shelves while the paint was still drying, I'm still not quite finished. Right now they are a solid, crisp white. But I'm going to use the same technique that I used on my super huge window mirror and add a little bit of brown-tinted glaze to add a bit of dimension to them. Maybe this weekend. Or, maybe the one after that.

When you back up a little bit you can see how they are centered in between the window on the left and the small wall / opening to the living room on the right.

If I ever get around to the last step I'll probably write a little tutorial on how to paint over a factory finish. Although I'm sure a dozen expert furniture painters have already written about it already. Maybe mine will be called 'How to Imperfectly Paint Over a Factory Finish' or better yet 'The Slacker's Guide to Painting Over a Factory Finish'.

Did I mention that I absolutely love them now. They make me swoon and I hate the word swoon even more than I hate the term mood-board.

So this is pretty funny. In a casual conversation on Friday night I asked Alex what he wanted to do this weekend. He mentioned something about working on the basement and possibly taking his snow-machine out for a drive. Then he said, "What about you? Let me guess - playing around with the shelves in the dining room." Of course he meant it in a you're-so-quirky-and-adorable-way and not a you're-a-big-weirdo-way.


So yeah. The next time you order some shelves by accident when you're still not really sure if you want them, and they end up being way too ivory and not so much white, just paint them. You'll be so happy that you did.

Translation: I love my newly painted shelves a lot.

Have you painted anything lately? Leave a link in the comments - I'd love to check it out. :)
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New Wall Shelves in the Dining Room


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A few weeks ago I told you about my accidental online purchase of some wall shelves from Pottery Barn. They were the 3' Crown Molding Shelves in Antique White. Well, they are here, they are installed in our dining room, and I love almost everything about them.
Image - Pottery Barn
Here's what I do love about the shelves: they fit in the space perfectly, they are very sturdy (and have a really awesome mounting system), and they are nice and chunky. (What can I say, I like my shelving chunky.)
The one thing that I'm not loving about the shelves though is how not-white the 'Antique White' is. They are sooooooooo yellow-y creamy.
I've tried living with them as-is for the last few weeks to see if I could get used to the colour. As of today, I've officially decided to go ahead and paint them. 
While I don't particularly like the idea of buying things brand-new (that are kind of expensive) and then having to paint them - I think I will a lot happier in the long run if I do. It will be the difference between me really, really liking them, and me loving them.
So, a new can of Fresh Start Primer is on my to-do list to pick up this week. My goal is to have the shelves primed, painted, stained, and re-installed by Valentine's Day. (You know it's because I want to make a cute little Valentine's Day display, right?)
In the meantime, here is a picture of how the shelves look right now - with a few little trinkets on 'em of course.

What do you think - am I crazy to paint them or would you do the same?


I Bought Two Really Expensive Shelves By Accident


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

This wasn't one of those times when I got home and told Alex that 20 items "accidentally" ended up in my cart during a trip to Homesense.

This online purchase was really and truly an accident.

I think I mentioned awhile back that I've been doing some family photo sessions as a hobby and earning a little bit of extra spending money. I've pretty much earned the title of the world's most indecisive person because I still haven't been able to choose or decide on a single thing to splurge on for the house.  
Instead, I like to pretend shop online for expensive things. For the last little while I've been eyeing these shelves from Pottery Barn:

I thought the shelves might look good on the last empty section of wall in our dining room.
Yesterday I got an email in my inbox that said FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING from Pottery Barn. Being from Canada I was a little bit wary and decided to investigate to see if the free shipping would apply to me as well.
I added the shelves to my cart (for fun). I entered my info. I entered the discount code. Then...... I hit the 'next' button. I guess I've been doing too much shopping at other online stores (like Gap Kids and Amazon) because I was certain that there would be a final page to review my order before committing.
Nope. When I hit 'next' I got quite the surprise. It said thank you for my order and my purchase would be shipped in 7-10 business days.
Well, At least I can't be indecisive about dining room shelves anymore.

P.S. It's a good thing that I selected the right size.

P.P.S. No free shipping.

P.P.P.S. I could've DIYed some shelves but I'm pretty much lazy now.

P.P.P.P.S. It was really fun explaining what I did to my husband.

P.P.P.P.P.S. Don't look at the price of those shelves. Ouch.
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