Are you a show-er or a stow-er?
A show-er is someone who loves to see everything. They prefer open storage and need all of their belongings on display.
A stow-er is someone who prefers to have everything neatly tucked away behind doors & drawers. They need their space to be free of visual clutter.
When I came across this bookcase at a local reuse centre, the show-er in me lit up with ideas of how it could be made over to function in a variety of different ways.
Option One – Small Scale Vignette
My first thought was how great this piece would work in a small entryway. The shelves would be a perfect place to drop the mail, keys, mitts & hats. Small baskets could be used to keep everything organized. You could even set up a pretty charging station for phones & iPods using a decorative box.
With a little freshening up, you could leave it as natural wood or you could paint it out the same colour as your trim to create the look of a built-in cabinet.
Either way, once topped with an interesting mirror, a vase or bowl and maybe a few books, you’ve got yourself a beautiful vignette to feast your eyes on every time you come home.
Option Two – Kid Friendly
Now, I don’t have kids, but as I understand from my friends & clients, their toys & books can quickly take over your home if you haven’t got useful storage solutions in place.
A shallow bookcase, like this one, could be a functional solution to those storage concerns, but also be made stylish & fun with a little makeover magic.
Leaving the interior of the bookcase as natural wood and applying a few coats of chalkboard paint to the outer sides & top would create a bold contrast of matte black & wood, while also providing a fun place for your kiddies to express their artistic side on an ever-changing canvas.
Option Three – Functional Statement Piece
Bring a little bold colour & pattern to your home office, studio or craft room by painting the entire piece out in a bold colour. Add an extra little something special by applying graphic wallpaper to the interior behind the shelves.
There you have it! Three totally different ways to bring a little vintage storage into your home!
How would you use this piece?