My Library Makeover- Before and After

One of my guilty pleasures is reading.  I love buying BOOKS!!!  I love fiction, non fiction, self help, inspirational, religious, magazines etc…  My husband doesn’t understand  how I can be reading several books at a time.  I’m usually reading a non fiction book because I really enjoy learning and keeping my mind sharp.  However, fiction books are just pure fun and always easy reads. I always have one of those on my night stand.  Since I buy books even though I haven’t finished the ones I currently own (I have a serious book problem) my bookshelves in my library are in need of a little (ok a LOT) TLC.  I love styling bookshelves and these really need to be shaped up.

I would like to take these bookshelves, in my library, and give them a little makeover.  I’m not currently teaching and my kids are both teenagers, so I can really knock down the amount of children’s books I have on my shelves.  I would like to have a shelf down low for my nieces and nephew for when they visit.  Weeding out the huge amount of my guided reading and teaching books will really make room for other things I would like to display on the shelves.

Here is a before picture of the library with all the books that are currently being

stored on the shelves.


My library
The before picture of my library. What a hot mess!!!!

Here is the after picture of the library after I packed away the books I wasn’t using anymore.  This gave me plenty of room to actually style the books that were left and plenty of space left for decorating as well.

It took me 6 hours to box up all these books.

Here is a picture of the library after the bookshelves have been styled.


library finished.
The finished product.

This project was a huge undertaking, but I really wanted to be able to find my books quickly.  I decided to organize the books by color and then use some of my decorations to fill in the empty spaces.  I am so pleased with the way it turned out. I can even get to my wedding album and all my scrapbooks.  Let me know if you’ve taken on a project recently and how it turned out.  I would love to hear from you.

Yours Truly,






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