Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

A million years ago, I started a makeover of a guest room / room for my  daughter when she came home from college on the weekend.

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

This was how you last saw it as it was in progress, in a post where I was talking about creating a visual flow between rooms. The walls had been painted (the beautiful gray color is Studio Taupe from our living room, but lightened with white.) and we were getting ready for new carpet. That, my friends, was over a year ago! How does time fly?

Long time no see, but I’m excited to finally show you some progress today, namely the addition of our new library bookshelves (as you can see, there has been more completed in the room and I will update you on in detail on in an upcoming post. I promise you won’t have to wait as long this time!).

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

Since we last talked about her room, my daughter graduated with her interior design degree and is now working full time, living on her own (see how much happens in a year’s time?). This room will still be her room to come home to, of course, but also a guest room as needed. Mostly day to day it is a space I’ve claimed for myself as a space to relax, since I’m the only girl living in the house during the week! :-). For simplicity sake, we will call it “the guest room.”

But secretly, I call it MINE. Haha. I LOVE it.

One thing I really wanted in this room was bookshelves. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we love books. Just as I love the open shelves in my kitchen, where I can keep cookbooks or have fun with accessories, I want to have bookshelves in several rooms of the house. I not only love the look of bookshelves, I love how practical they are in making the most of a space.

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

Because our rooms are on the small side, I feel overwhelmed if they are filled with too many pieces of furniture or overwhelmed stuff. Yet, I am not a minimalist so too much emptiness, lack of personality or not enough function in a room and I start to twitch.  :-)

Built in bookcases are a match made in heaven for me. But for my realistic budget of time and money, ready to assemble bookcases were a perfect compromise!

We found ours from the awesome Threshold line at Target online and they were delivered to our door. My husband put them together for me. They are three separate bookcases, but side by side they form the look of one! No modifications necessary!

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

We are super happy with how the bookcases turned out and their contribution to a room I now LOVE being in. I feel like we just gained an extra room!

Plus, the best part of this was that everything on the shelves was already in our house! That means I didn’t have to go buy anything new to fill them up, I just had to shop in my other rooms. DOUBLE BONUS! Amazing how much stuff ends up all over the place without a designated home — it has been a long time dream to be able to add more usable space without adding on or moving out! It feels great to finally find a new home for wayward books and accessories and have the room to add to our collection if we want to.

I’ll share more of this room makeover soon, it is now one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Little by little our house is getting de-junkified, more organized, and we are on our way to making the most of the space we have! 

NOTE: I can’t wait to show you how our son’s room is coming along (my next update for you will be THIS WEEK!) We couldn’t be more excited to be making so much progress on the bedrooms.

Our Cozy New Guest Room & Home Library with Three Target Threshold Bookshelves

This post on our home library is published in partnership with one of my favorite places to shop, Target! I received a gift card in exchange for sharing about their great library program (below), but my post and room are my own.

Target is transforming 16 school libraries as part of The Target School Library Makeover Program, an initiative that breathes new life into elementary school libraries across the country.

By reimagining school libraries and transforming outdated spaces into state-of-the-art learning centers, Target hopes to foster a love of learning and help more children on the path to high school graduation.  Each remodeled library features 2,000 new books and a complete technology upgrade including iPads, interactive white boards and more. Each student also receives seven new books to take home!

The Target School Library Makeover program is part of Target’s commitment to helping more children learn to read proficiently by the end of third grade. As a result of programs like this, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. Here’s a fun infographic that shows you a look at the life of these projects, I really love this program!

Do you have a home library?

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

It is time for the June {ditto} DIY challenge!

Have you noticed that gold is back in vogue and EVERYWHERE right now? For me, gold and brass never went out. I still have gold and brass throughout my house from years and years ago. I’m not sure what that says about me. Ha, I love when trends come back around again. It is nice to not have to jump on the bandwagon since you are already on board!

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

I love gold and brass because it brings such warmth and class to a space!  I’ve had that whale, brass box, and framed art forever! And that is just a fraction of all the gold/brass items I have.

You don’t have to have much, but even just a touch in every room can give that slight edge of sophistication, even if you have a casual home like I do.

I tend to be a metal mixer, so I guess I’m ready for any trend at any time. Heh.

When it came time to do a project for the DIY Ditto Challenge this month, the theme was “paint something gold.” I wasn’t feeling very inspired since I didn’t feel like I needed any more gold — and I don’t really like to do projects that are just for show or for sake of a project, you know? So what to do? I was stumped.

But, I agreed to do this challenge so I was determined to find a project to do!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a little inspiration and a challenge to motivate myself for a project. I do work on my home as much as I can because it’s really a fun hobby for me, but even so, sometimes I’m a big procrastinator. And sometimes I’m just plain ol’ STUCK and I cannot wrap my head around a solution for an existing decorating problem. So I do….nothing.

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

You  might remember I have had a dresser that has been in my house for years. First we put it in our dining room and then I decided it was really taking up too much space so I moved it to our family room.

It fit better in there, but it still wasn’t ideal for the room and it felt a little dull and blah to me, but it is great quality and serves its purpose (to hold overflow dishes and table linens).

One thing I’ve learned in life is it’s easy to want to “live with what you love” but sometimes you just make the best of what you have because life isn’t always about being perfect. Sometimes life is about being more practical or selfless or responsible or patient or making the best of what you’ve got.  At least for awhile!

  • My ideal would be built ins. But that isn’t in our budget or plan right now.
  • My second ideal was something like a free standing IKEA or Pottery Barn cabinet where you could pick your own components. But again, neither are happening right now for various reasons.
  • I don’t want to paint the dresser, partly because it’s my moms and she may want it back soon. And partly because I just don’t really want it as a painted dresser in this room.
  • I have no where else for it to go in my house until my mom can get it from me. Soooo, that means it is staying in the family room for at least awhile longer.

As I’ve said before, just because something isn’t the “perfect” solution, doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to make it “better than it was.”

I even thought about changing the hardware on it at one point to give it a new look, but of course I couldn’t find any hardware that would fit the existing holes or that I was really jazzed about. And, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on it since it wasn’t going to stay here long term.

So, I was kind of stumped as to what to do.

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

But then, I had an epiphany:

I had a dresser with kind of blah hardware.

I had a tube of a product called Rub n’ Buff Gold Leaf (from Michaels’ Craft or our online shop in the Favorite Crafts/DIY section),

That was all I needed for now! Just a simple HARDWARE MAKEOVER!

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

Out came the tube and next thing I knew, five minutes later, my dresser had a little more bling!

GAH! FIVE MINUTES, people! I’ve stared at this dresser for FOUR YEARS wishing it was different, but knowing paint wasn’t the solution. I’m slow but once I get going, watch out!

Do you ever have an epiphany when it comes to a makeover idea? A moment where you realize maybe a solution was easier than you thought? This Rub n’ Buff stuff is AWESOME!

Love love love how easy this was, it could transform SO MANY THINGS! I love how the gold hardware gives a little shine, and I especially love how it relates to the gallery wall, which you can see below (I’ve added it now that it is finished!)

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

You can see the post on the gallery wall here!

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

Rub n’ Buff Hardware Instructions:

Open the tube.
Put Rub N’ Buff on your finger.
Smear it carefully on the hardware.
Buff with an old teeshirt.

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

Note: If you decide not to remove your hardware first, take care to avoid getting the Rub n’ Buff ON the furniture. It came off fairly easily with a little scraping, but best to avoid that step altogether, just in case. Hehehe. #DIYfail

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

This is not the end of the “gold makeover”… come see the gallery wall with the pretty gold sunburst mirrors!

Want to try a gold project of your own, or did you join us for this challenge?

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style.

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

Go check out the Ditto posts from these bloggers!

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Go for the GOLD, and this was our inspiration photograph:

Furniture Makeover {DIY Ditto: Drawer Hardware from Blah to Bling!}

{Art and design by Samantha Reitmayer Sano of Style/Swoon.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Gild something, or paint it gold!

And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous Go for the GOLD projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating gold accents into your home. (HINT: This design challenge could very well use something that is just sitting in your closet, and turn it into gorgeous art work for your walls!)

Come link up your own DIY Ditto Gold Project!

Enjoy the party!! Have you ever used Rub n’ Buff?
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