Decorating the Library - Finally!
Hello my small home friends! We are at the "putting it all back together" phase of the foundation saga. If anyone missed the whole moving walls and broken floors thing, see the details at my thread, "Lifting the Foundation at Nancy's smaller home."
Now is the time when decorating choices get made. So I spent my THS time last week on the Decorating Forum. I looked at lots of library pictures and I decided that I really like the painted library shelves the best. I like the look of the shelves blending into the rest of the room. I don't want white, though. I was thinking of a vanilla color. We spent this weekend priming and painting the walls with the color below.
I have a gallon of it in semigloss for the book shelf project.
Those of you who read my earlier thread about the library shelves may remember that I was originally thinking of painting the base cabs and the bookshelf face trim only. The bookshelves are from Craigslist. They are a nice rich wood color.
Originally, I was going to paint the cabs and the trim on the front of the bookcases,but leave the shelves and back of the bookcases wood grain. I was going to then glaze or "antique" (for we 'antique' smaller homers who remember when we were doing that to everything in the 1970s!) the painted areas so that the color retained in the cracks and valleys would match the wood grain color.
Now, I will simply paint. I no longer like the idea of the glaze on top. My question for you is this - should I also paint the outer edge of each shelf? Or the whole shelf? If I am going that far, do you also want me to paint the whole inside of the bookshelf boxes, too? That means that the whole book shelf will be painted. What do you folks think? Would you want that dark wood showing through with vanilla-colored trim on the front of the bookshelf, or do I paint the inside back and interior sides? If you like the idea of the wood showing, would you also want the individual shelf boards left wood grain, too? Should I paint the outside edge of the individual shelves? If you want them left wood grain, should the front edges be wood grain or painted?
There are five bookshelves and three base cabinets.
The center three book shelves will sit on the base cabs and will go to the ceiling. There will be crown molding, too, but my carpenter and I have not designed that yet. The outer two bookshelves will sit on the floor and will be a bit shorter than the center three. There will be a faux-stone laminate counter on the top of the three base cabinets.
There will be fluted trim covering the vertical side edges where the cabinets meet. The same trim will cover the vertical edges of the book shelves where they meet. Although the base cabs now have modern, flat doors, we will use other molding to give them a more traditional, framed look. All of these cabs and trim will be painted with the vanilla semi-gloss.
Here is the floor we will have:
And the window trim color - mahogany.
Please, if you have stuck through reading this far, please give an opinion on how much of the wood grain on the book shelves I should paint. I need your good taste and experience. This is the first time I have ever gotten the chance to decorate a living room!