5.25.2011

Bookcases and Wow Us Wednesdays #16

I'm ready to reveal the new color on the bookcases, but not sure you can see a huge difference in my photos. The before was a very harsh stark extremely glossy white and they had become chipped and scratched over the last fifteen years.  So to cut time by not having to sand and prime I used my trusty chalk paint in Old White.

I put together this side by side so you could see the difference in the shades of white.  The top is the new soft vanilla color and the bottom is the old harsh white.

Changed a few things around on the shelves, of course. The large clock that I had on the bottom shelf has been replaced with my rooster tray from the kitchen.










On the other side.

I really wish y'all could stand in this room and see the difference with the new color.
Mr. Savvy loves it. I didn't distress them since the mantel is already distressed. I did try it on a door and it just looked dirty so we decided to just keep them clean. They are waxed with clear wax.


Now it is time to see what you have to share this week. 

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84 comments:

  1. Hi
    Thanks for allowing us to shine. I always get lots of traffic from you, for which I am very grateful.
    Hope you are having a lovely week.
    Best Carolyn

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  2. Love the new shade, Kim! I just got my Old White in the mail today and I'm really looking forward to trying it out on that headboard I got. Thanks for your tips on that, too, by th way!

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  3. It looks good, you can really tell the difference in the color! You always know how to make something good even better!
    Lacy

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  4. I like the new color!! What company's chalk paint are you using? Thanks so much for hosting!

    Just linked up & am hopeing to leave this comment. I have had trouble with Blogger and I have been unable to leave comments all day. Mostly it just takes me in circles. They say they are working on it, and it doesn't seem to be a problem for all.

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  5. Isn't it amazing how many different shades of white there are? It can really be overwhelming when you look at all of the choices! I love the creamy chalk paint color - very soft and subtle!

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  6. Every thing looks great Kim. I love the softer white. Thanks for hosting this fun party every week.

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  7. I absolutely LOVE the color of the shelf units!! They look stunning!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  8. Love how you don't have to sand or prime with this paint! Sometimes, a clean look without distressing is a better choice. When we were at the furniture market, we didn't see much distressing. The big, hot finish was the weathered gray look. Like the look of your bookcase re-do.
    ~ Sue

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  9. I could quite happily live in that room! It's gorgeous! :)

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  10. Kim,
    You've done a wonderful job on your book shelves. I love the color and I also love what you have on display.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  11. Love the color Kim. I used about the same color on my kitchen cabinets and I so prefer it to a harsh white. Looks wonderful!
    xoxo Debra

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  12. I love the color, Kim! I picked the same one since I won Debbie's giveaway. I plan on painting bathroom and laundry room cabinets with it. :)

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  13. thank you for hosting and i can tell the difference they look great and alot warmer now

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  14. They are lovely. I love the green in the background.

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  15. The cabs look great in old white. Such a nice soft color, a nice improvement!

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  16. Your book shelves look fantastic! I love the warm color. I also love everything you have on your shelves.Thanks so much for hosting.

    Kathy

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  17. Girl...you paint more than anybody I know...now you can come on down and paint some of my projects for me if you run out of things to paint:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  18. Thanks for the beautiful site! I love to visit and just spend time traveling through the different sites and absorbing the wonderful ideas.
    Lee Anne
    contentinsenoia.blogspot.com

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  19. Thanks for hosting the party! i think your built-ins look fabulous. It always amazing me what a difference paint can make.
    abby

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  20. Although I'm not participating anything for this weeks party, I wanted to say how grateful I am that you host it! Thankyou!!

    Sherri

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  21. Your bookcases look great Kim! Thanks so much for the party. :)

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  22. This is my first party here! Thanks for hosting!

    Jeanine

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  23. They look great and I can tell the difference! I love the change.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  24. Kim, I love the look and the new color of the built-in bookcases. Thanks for hosting. Joni

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  25. Looks beautiful, Kim! I always think your house looks so lovely and then you change it up in an even prettier way! Love your vision!

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  26. Hi Kim
    I almost forgot to link up. We are keeping track of weather and have been a couple of days. I did another post this morning and linked it also. Kind of keeps my mind off what has happened over the past couple of days and what appears to be continuing here in the midwest!

    Love how the chalk paint looks on your bookcases. Wonderful!

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  27. Love your bookcases Kim~they look wonderful especially with your charming fireplace! I am in need of a LR fireplace redo... might have to try the distressed look! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  28. Kim, the bookcases look fabulous. I love your familyroom, it is so pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  29. Love the color and your Demijohns too!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  30. The book case looks great Kim. Gee I hope this comment goes through, I am having troubles along with some other gals. I can't even link or load pics right now. The bookcases look really nice with fireplace color.

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  31. Love the new color, Kim! Thanks for hostessing this fun party ~ I've just linked up!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  32. Your bookcases look great and no need to sand or prime...what a bonus! I've got to try some of this chalk paint!

    Sherri:)

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  33. Wow, Kim! Just when I think you couldn't make things any prettier...you do! Love the new paint color! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

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  34. Hi Kimmie! OH, I love your new color and the way you've redressed your builtins! Just when I think your home can't get any more beautiful - you prove me wrong!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Love the color -- love the arrangements -- and thanks for hosting!

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  36. Kim your built ins look so pretty with the softer white, you can really see the difference with the side by side pictures. My chalk paint came today so you know what I'll be doing tomorrow.

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  37. I love the warmer white! Mine need painting as well. Thanks for the idea.

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  38. I can see the difference Kim! Love it, it looks so fresh and pretty. :) Thank you for hosting as always! Hugs!

    Heather (and Vanessa)

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  39. What a crazy weather week it's been again already! Thanks for hosting, Kim! Looks like some fun links this week. Your Rooster tray really looks wonderful in its new location.

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  40. Love the color and the arrangement as well!!!! Lovely!

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  41. Kim, I just LOVE the new color on the bookcases! And love the new arrangement of beautiful objects on them! So glad Mr. Savvy likes it too!!!!! Have a great week!!!! XO, Pinky

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  42. I do see the difference and I like!

    Thanks for hosting!

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  43. Hey Kim...I am so glad to see your cabinets and how they turned out with the chalk paint. I plan to use Old White on a tv cabinet and now I know it's going to look great. You are so great at all your paint projects...thanks for hosting WOW as always. ~Ann

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  44. Kim,
    The changes look very nice. You get the most wonderful link ups over here. Now I have to go visit. Thanks for having us!
    Sherry

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  45. LOVE the look of the bookcases...especially with the green on the back. Beautiful!

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  46. Kim, The changes to your bookcase look wonderful with the new mantel color. Thanks for hosting each week!
    xo,
    Sherry

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  47. I am sure that room would still be fabulous if you painted it all black LOL

    I really like all you items on the bookcases

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  48. Your cabinets look fantatic in the softer white. I would like my house painted that color outside.

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  49. Kim everything looks amazing as always. Thanks for letting me join in the fun, xxx tami

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  50. Those book cases look great! thanks for hosting this blog party.

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  51. Kim, THANK YOU for the feature of the paper doll party! I so appreciate it! You are my number one referral site and I really appreciate it! AND you have wonderful taste, so I am so excited to be featured here at SSS!! The cabinets look great! I need to try that chalk paint...hmmm..no sanding? That sounds lovely! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  52. Kim your bookcases turned out great!!!I love the softness it adds to the room. They look as if they have always been that way, because the change is so perfect, Kathysue

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  53. You're on a roll with chalk paint! I've got to get some! Your bookcases look great!

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  54. Thanks for hosting! There are always so many great ideas!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  55. Love your creamy new color..and I have not been a big fan of distressing. I like the clean look better, myself. It all looks so pretty.

    I am wowing everyone this week with my grandgirl and her momma..:)

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  56. The new colour looks great! I'm tending to use more and more creamy tones, vs white in my trims as well =)

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  57. It is so beautiful Kim. You have such a great touch and you tell a good story too as you lead us through your projects! It is always fun.

    Thanks for the fun party too, I can't believe how many people come each week. It is always fun to visit as many as I can.

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  58. It looking beautiful Kim and I love how everything is arranged on your shelves.
    I think soon we will be looking at your home in magazines!

    Thanks for hosting!

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  59. Thanks for hosting. Looks like a good party!
    x Marnie

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  60. The bookcases are beautiful...who knew you cold make them even prettier. I am imaging a nice cup of coffee curled up on your sofa and just gazing at the vignettes on the shelves...great balance and color and texture.

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  61. Thank you for hosting...I'm happy to join you this week.

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  62. Subtle but lovely change, Kim! And, your new arrangements looks great, too! Thanks so much for hosting. xo

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  63. I'm dieing to try this paint! We are doing a road trip to Tampa to get it. Your bookshelves look great.
    Thank you Kim for doing this for us. I love it.
    Enjoy your day~Sue

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  64. I love that Old White is vanilla. Your bookcases look great. Thanks for hosting the party.

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  65. Thanks for having us Kim...I love all the vignettes in this beautiful room and you did an awesome job with the bookcase. I love the new color! It looks perfect in this room. You are very creative and you can work wonders with paint. Beautiful post!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  66. I really prefer the "Old White" with the vanilla look. Great change! Thanks for showing the new look.
    Helen

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  67. Love the new bookcase, specially the rooster.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Michele

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  68. Hi Kim! Thank you for hosting!! I LOVE your home and the bookcases look beautiful. It is amazing what a little paint and rearranging can do to make things all new again. You are such an inspiration! My husband and I love the red sofa, too.

    :) Becky

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  69. The new color looks wonderful! Thanks again for hosting today!

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  70. Joining your party for the first time! I look forward to reading more - love your style! Thanks for hosting! Have a great week!

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  71. Well, I got brave and joined in! Thanks for the party!!

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  72. Well, it's hard to tell the difference in a photograph, but I know how soft a creamy white can be. Much easier on the eyes. I have my whole house painted a very creamy white. The house came that way and for years I wanted to paint everything white! Now I'm glad I didn't.
    Thanks for hosting. You're going to get a kick out of my post. Needless to say, my house is not photo-shoot worthy! ~Delores

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  73. Thanks for hosting again this week! Can't wait to look through the projects.

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  74. Oh Kim they look great in the new white...A nice warm shade...I will have to remember that when I paint my china cabinet...The room is just stunning and I do love your rooster tray.
    I am a little late joining the party today...But glad to have something to share this week.

    Blessings Kelsie

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  75. Beautiful, Kim! Fresh and clean-looking. You are one paintin' fool (your words, remember!)
    Brenda

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  76. Hi Kim, love the new paint and the shade of white! Thanks for hosting this weekly party. It's always a pleasure to join and I appreciate the traffic it brings...thanks so much!
    Linda

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  77. Hi Kim, I love your blog and have signed up to follow. I especially like your furniture makeover. I have a buffet and may just try the modpodge insets.
    Your wow us Wed. looks like fun I may try to sign up next week. Thanks for sharing, Kim.
    Blessings, L

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  78. Your bookcase served as the inspiration for my sister-in-law's bookcases in her new house. Love the new color. Perhaps I'll do a post soon on hers (and yours!)

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  79. Love it Kim. You are really motivating me to paint my built ins!

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  80. Hello Kim,

    Happy to be joining in this week..have a lovely weekend

    JANET XOX

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  81. The new paint looks great. (I really need to try that chalk paint.) Your living room is just beautiful! I love the way you arranged the items on your bookcase...I wish mine would look as good. :)

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  82. Hi Kim, I just wanted to drop by again to tell you thanks for joining my party this week. Have a fun Memorial day.
    xo,
    Sherry

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate all your lovely comments...Kim

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