Before & After: Bolder Built-Ins

Before & After: Bolder Built-Ins

Janel Laban
Feb 14, 2011

Sherry and John of Young House Love shared a remarkable makeover from their new home. They went a bit brave and bold with their paint choices and it really paid off. The takeaway? No need to be timid when it comes to DIY - just check out the after…

...and the After!

John & Sherry told us: "It's only paint." That was our attitude when it came to spicing up the back of our new house's built-ins. We figured we'd take a risk and go with something a lot deeper and more saturated than we were used to - because it's a relatively small area to paint, so we figured we could always paint over it if we didn't like it.

We went with two coats of Dragonfly from Benjamin Moore's Affinity Line (color matched to Olympic Premium's No-VOC paint in a satin finish). We love how moody and deep it looks. Let's just say we're glad we took the risk. And we won't be repainting anytime soon.

All of our odd little white ceramic animal friends really stand out with such a bold background color, and adjusting some of the shelves so they had a bit more breathing room kept things from feeling too chaotic and cramped. We wanted to store more books up there but the shelves are surprisingly narrow (even medium sized books hang awkwardly over the edge) so we decided to embrace the built-ins as one of the only places we'll be able to display un-kid-friendly objects that couldn't safely live on coffee tables and more accessible shelves around the house now that we have a mobile 9 month old daughter. And thankfully there's more than enough book storage in the concealed cabinets below.

In the end, painting the backs of the built-ins only took us a few hours one evening (we tackled it after the baby went to bed) and the entire project only set us back $10.97 for the quart of paint. Not too bad, right? It's amazing what "only paint" can do.

Check out the full post on Young House Love for lots more photos and info: Tall, Dark and Handsome | Young House Love

Thanks, Sherry & John!

Images: Young House Love

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