One of the projects I've been dreaming about for years (four years, to be exact, since we moved into this house) has been a library remodel. This little library off of our living room was one of the many reasons we fell in love with this house, but as much as my childhood self is giddy to have such a thing, it doesn't get that much actual use right now. Therefore it's not been a high priority as we work our way through the rooms of our 1920's Hollywood Regency home.
After our kitchen remodel and fish tank extravaganza of 2012, we've taken a break from any other big house projects. Now we're ready to tackle a few more again, and while our focus is mainly the outdoor area (we're set to start some big construction outside this fall), I'm still dreaming about the little library.
Here's what it looks like currently:
In this photo it looks sort of charming, but trust me when I tell you that it's pretty shoddy in real life. The woodwork is pretty, but the stain (applied fairly recently, as far as we can tell) is so poorly done and the wood is flat ruined in some places. We've had a cabinet maker come and look at the shelves and construction and he can fix what's broken and sand down and start over with the rest.
I'm dying to lacquer the shelves and walls instead of painting or re-staining them. A proper lacquer job takes a lot of coats and a lot of time and expense, not to mention that we'd need to be away since the fumes are toxic while they're drying. So it's still up in the air, but I'm holding our for the shine. I'm inspired by these lacquer finishes:
Here's what I've been dreaming:
The color that I want to do the walls and shelving is by Sherwin Williams and it's called Urbane Bronze. We're keeping the brown leather chair in there, but I'd love for a couch to be along the wall (in the "before" photo, there's a long wall where the photographer was standing) and a leather tufted number just seems library-ish, doesn't it?
I wish I could outgrow animal print, but every time I see it, it just makes me happy. My original thought was to have the couch be upholstered in a faded out leopard print I found, but I'm not sure I'm quite that bold. A rug makes more sense.
We're keeping the noguchi coffee table, so that will stay, along with the dark artwork over the mantle that's already there. If it's not too much of a pain, I'd love to add lighting along the tops of the shelves. The lighting fixture shown is from circa lighting.
So far it's all just a dream, but as I solidify my plans for that room, I may push to do it sooner rather than later. The kids and I have just started reading chapter books together, and where the library sits in the house, it gets lots of views if not a ton of use.
For today, I'll try not to get too wrapped up in Pinterest and design magazines.