Okay, see how it's kind of boring? And a bit cluttered. This is our only real bookshelf in the house, so I wanted to make it count, yet not go overboard. I started by taking everything off the shelves and stacking all the books into piles. I actually had three piles going: The first pile had books I definitely wanted back on the shelf. The second, books that I was okay with either staying or going. And the third pile had books that could be stored somewhere else.
I took the missions style chair out and switched it with the wing back from our family room (we've had a super hard time finding the right chair to fit in our awkward family room). I also finally took down the last of the Christmas decorations-my mom's chili pepper lights. Tear. I could be okay with leaving them up all. year. round... they're just so cozy. But alas, here's the final result in its context. Our tiny, not-so-boring bookshelf in our dining room. Do you have bookshelves you've painted? I'd love to see them.