For love of country: To create a soft country look, prime and paint the bookcase cream. Glue wallpaper in a soft eggshell-and-floral pattern to the back of each opening for unexpected and pretty detail. Hang linen curtains on a tension rod for concealed storage in the lower portion of the bookcase.
Rich character: reate a contemporary look by covering the entire bookcase with ebony stain, which is easy to apply and adds deep colour. Buy a light-colour linen roller shade to fit the width and height of the bookcase. Install it at the top to hide clutter and add a pull. Fill the shelves with boxes and files in neutral tones.
Hidden away: Board-and-batten shutters with cut-outs always create a traditional cottage feel. Prime, sand, and paint the bookcase. Get the shutters made by a carpenter and attach them to the front of the bookcase with cabinetry hinges. Finish the look with a forged-iron shutter bolt.
Photographs by Steven McDonald
Styling by Beth Eslinger and Pam Porter
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