Soon after we moved into our house two and half years ago we decided to paint the library. We knew we were going to make changes to it and the somewhat flimsy built-ins would have to be replaced but we thought it needed a paint job anyway. Inspired by Persephone grey I got a bunch of paint samples and slapped them on the wall to see which one we liked best. I even blogged about it (big surprise).
There was a bit of a delay actually getting around to the chore of painting. By the time we got serious about it, we felt that our plans for renovation might happen sooner rather than later, so why bother painting? One thing led to another, or in this case didn't lead to another and here we are two years later with the same damn sample colors painted on the walls. And now we have delayed our project until about January of next year. So even though we have lived with the kooky library walls for two years, I decided I didn't want to look at them for another year.
So I got ambitious (while John is out of town) and finally painted the room. If we weren't going to tear it up in a year I probably would have hired someone. I am not the neatest painter in the world. Plus I didn't feel like doing the ceiling or the windows or the main bookcase, so it isn't ready for Elle Decor to swing by.
But I think it will do nicely for 365 days. And it will give me the chance to determine if I want a dark color permanently in this smallish, north facing room.
|Friday morning: Before (the walls have looked like this for two years)|
|Sunday morning: After (can't wait for those ugly sconces to be gone)|
|The NYRB Classics look good up there don't they?|
|The Virago tower (not sure where to put these permanently)|
|The Lucia set John got me for Christmas|
|My little-book collection (and a big crystal)|
|Some of my books on books leaching over to the right into my books on Britain.|