Bookshelf Decorating

In my previous post http://countrystyleaccents.com/2013/01/23/fireplace-mantel/, I had mentioned that I am in the process of staging parts of our house that need some attention to get ready to be put up for sale.  We have a massive entertainment center with bookshelves on each side.  I love it and won’t part with it.  It has so much storage but it has been hard to decorate due to very deep shelves.  So this has been my project for the last week.

Here’s the before picture…

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It’s just one hot mess!  It really is our catch-all place.  Movies, books, games, kids’ school stuff all goes to this area.  So like now, it gets a little out of hand.  My first thoughts were the baskets and the big radio had to go.  Right??  They are bookshelves but not a lot of books can be seen.  I thought about painting but I really don’t have the time right now.  So the idea was just add color and fun stuff.

A little trip to the thrift stores and Home Goods, and I came up with a few things to get me started.

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I refinished an old lunch box that I had picked up awhile ago, I had some old books that were given to me (free), I found this cute bike with a little basket ($6) at a thrift store and added some moss balls ($7).  I also wanted a place for the kids’ school papers and I found the light colored fabric magazine holders at Home Goods for $8 each.  I figure, when I don’t want to see the papers, I can just turn them around.

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I found the picture frame at Home Goods as well, $8.  As you can tell, I haven’t put a picture in there yet.

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The other shelf is still a work in progress.  I found the shallow basket on the top at a thrift store for $4 and the picture frame is from Home Goods ($8).  The rest I had laying around.  Any suggestions on what else I can do to this side??  This shelf isn’t perfect for me yet.  I’m a little stumped.  I just figure another day trip to thrift stores will have to be in order!

But so far my decorating has only costed me about $50.  Not too bad.

Sondra

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