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HOW TO ADD CONTRAST TO A BUILT-IN BOOKCASE

I'm Erika Ward

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“It looks great to me.” was my husband’s response when I told him I was headed back to my client’s house to make a few more updates. I, on the other hand, was not convinced. Sure the transformation that took place in their family room was nothing short of amazing. We went from this:

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to this…

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But I couldn’t resist adding a bit of texture to the back of the bookcases and I knew a little seagrass wallpaper would make all the difference. I purchased 1/8″ hardboard from Lowes [had it cut to size at the store], adhered the wallpaper to the board with spray adhesive, then propped them up in the bookcase using the shelves to hold the boards in place.

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Done!

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We also installed a custom roman shade above the sink that coordinates perfectly with the drapery panels. I purchased the runner from World Market and love how it picks up the colors from the neighboring family room. See how the runner introduces a flirty fuchsia to soften up the other wise masculine look. The man of the house isn’t too fond of it so I’ll be shopping for other options! I had an opportunity to enjoyed it for about 20 minutes…

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How have you used grasscloth wallpaper in your home?

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  1. Mz.Choize says:

    Beautiful!! I really love the contrast, great idea. The Roman shade is lovely too! Definitely trying this, my built-ins would be a lot of work to paint,far too many shelves.

  2. Erika Ward says:

    Mz Choize, you won't regret it! I'd love to share your finished product on the blog. Send me an email if you need a little assistance. erika@blulabelbungalow.com

  3. Brandi says:

    amazing, what a difference.

  4. Elesha @ 7 Palmetto Lane says:

    This looks great! I wish I had built-ins to try this on. You always produce such great work!

  5. P.S. I love this... says:

    That room looks so much bigger after your transformation. It looks so warm and cozy..perfect for a family room. GREAT JOB!

    I'm dreading painting the built-ins in my house.. so tedious. =(

  6. This design is spectacular! You definitely know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  7. Terry says:

    Grass-cloth really pulls my eye to fireplace wall and around the room. Our “green” room, our office, is grass-cloth painted very dark green. My eye “feels” something, the texture I guess, before it groks what is going on. Works every time.

  8. […] and her husband are repeat clients. I previously completed a full service design for both their family room and their master bedroom so I’m very familiar with their design aesthetic. For this project, […]

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Over a decade ago, I exchanged my corporate life in building construction for an opportunity to enhance your personal home via decoration and renovation. My mission? To help busy professionals make their homes their sanctuaries.

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