Bookshelf Makeover Part 2

Hi, friends! Last week, I shared my plans for a “Sanity Check Refresh” to give me something fun to do during this season of staying home during Covid-19. I planned to paint and style my large thrifted bookshelves to suit their new home in our living room. This led to me giving our home office a refresh since moving the bookshelves opened up a bunch of space. I haven’t finished the office refresh yet since I’m waiting on a few pieces to arrive in the mail. But the bookshelves are finished and I am so happy with them!

If you’re new here or are finding me from my friends in the blog hop, my name is Avery! I live in rural Iowa with my husband, Ben, and our puppies, Louie and Teddy. I’m not afraid of a good project, and love getting my hands on a space to transform it with creativity and resourcefulness! You can learn more about me here on my blog, and follow Holland Avenue Home on Instagram for your daily invitation to thoughtful homemaking.


Now back to our regularly scheduled Sanity Check Refresh project! Here’s a reminder of what the bookshelves looked like last week when they lived in the office, and a “before” photo of the living room on the other side of this wall.

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IMG_9222The bookshelves looked great in photos, but in person you could tell that they really needed to be repainted. I chose to paint them with leftover paint from our guest room, and now I want to paint everything in my home this dreamy color!

I used paint from the Magnolia paint line at Ace Hardware in the shade Duke Gray.

Bonus Tip: You can order Magnolia paint from Target and have it shipped straight to your home if you don’t want to go out but have a project in mind while you’re stuck at home!

60617140288__D7281080-0A4F-489A-AFC7-3C1226620D69This is an iPhone progress shot that I sent to my Mom when I was mid-painting last week.

Ready to see these beauties all painted and styled?

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This picture really shows their true color, which is a muted blue gray. I love how the blue tones complement our abundance of oak trim, including the gorgeous pocket door that leads to the office.

I tweaked the styling a little bit after deciding that our record player would be really functional in this room. We sat in here last night and listened to our favorite records while enjoying some cocktails and a few rounds of cards. I love the paint color all of the time, but it is really cozy and warm in here at night! Books alone add so much warmth to a space, but books on these beautiful blue shelves are just the best!


This little room switcheroo opened up a lot of space in my office, which allowed me to bring my large Ikea desk back. I’m still waiting on a few accessories to arrive before I shoot the entire space, but my Loloi rug arrived and I couldn’t be happier with it!

IMG_0228Here is a sneak peek of the office refresh (that isn’t toooo sneaky)!

The rug in the foreground of this photo (in the living room) is the Loloi Layla Rug in Olive and Charcoal. It is the chameleon of rugs, and looks incredible wherever I put it.

The rug in the background (in the office) is the Loloi x Magnolia Home Lucca Navy/Red Rug. It looks like an antique Persian rug, but is powerloomed and printed onto a low pile rug. This is a great affordable option if you want the look of an antique, but the pricepoint of any mass-produced rug. I have Loloi rugs all over my home, and they add so much color and character.

I’ll share more of my office hopefully next week after a few more pieces arrive! Be sure to follow Holland Avenue Home on Instagram for behind-the-scenes progress on the office, and daily snapshots of life and homemaking!

This “Sanity Check Refresh” is part of a blog hop with a few blogging friends, so be sure to check out what projects they’ve tackled to keep themselves sane while the world around us shuts down!

Jeweled Interiors | Effortless Style Blog | Bellybaila | Casa Watkins Living | Cassie Bustamante| Holland Avenue Home

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Want to check out a few of my other favorite projects? Last Fall, I finished our basement for the One Room Challenge. In 2016, my very first project (that took the Internet by storm) was completely transforming our dated kitchen with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Want to see how the kitchen was holding up two years later? Or maybe you’re stuck inside and want to tackle a simple project, like a Low Budget Pantry Makeover with Leftover Paint and $20 of Organization Supplies ? Maybe you’re not a project person, but want some ideas for how to refresh your home. Check out my ideas for Three Things to Spring Clean That Aren’t Your House!

Thanks for following along with my bookshelf

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