The family room is slowly, like snail-speed, wrapping up. We have two projects in the works this week and then we just have to nail down our ideal ottoman and share hundreds of photos with you. Although, you haven't seen this room progressing over the past couple weeks, there have been tweaks going on.
For instance, our DIY built-ins that we styled back in March (oh dear...has it really been that long?) have evolved over time from this:
Moving around some books and even subtracting items gives it a fresher, clutter-free look that we have lived with for the past two months and feel better about.
As for the smaller bookcase on the other side of the sliding door, it wasn't forgotten in my tweak-session. Can you spot the difference in the before:
And now after:
Hint. Bottom shelf. ... Gold Giraffe! Although, gold wasn't his first coat of paint. With golds and turquoises splattered throughout the rest of the shelves, I actually first painted the not-at-all-ceramic-or-breakable-hence-hanging-out-on-the-bottom-shelf giraffe--a light greenish blue that I mixed up with thalo green and white acrylics and brushed on.
The result was, um, hmm...not what I was going for. I wanted to bring some sophistication to the otherwise kid-central shelf and the bright turquoise giraffe, although cute for a kid's room, no doubt, had the opposite effect in the family room.
Oh no. Ooohhhh no. Luckily, I had some gold spray paint on hand from revamping our little mudroom nook (Valspars Metallic Gold. Delish.) and brought the giraffe outside to spray him down.
Once the first coat was on, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I didn't just ruin the giraffe, but actually improved him (it suddenly feels more like a her, right?).
So, goal achieved--our still-kid-friendly-and-unbreakable giraffe looks a little more high-end.
If you think this giraffe looks a little horse-ish without its spots, you've got company. Greta pointed to the same figure she has been identifying as a giraffe for 4 months and said, "horsey!" What are you spray-painting these days? Did you think I lost it when I went turquoise?