If You Give a Girl Fifteen Minutes…

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Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

If you give a girl 15 minutes, she might try to clean the built-in bookcases. When she cleans the built-ins, she’ll think about how nice they’ll look with a new color on the inside of the shelves.

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

So she’ll head out to the garage, grab some paint and a paintbrush, and paint piece of posterboard to test drive a color.

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

And if she likes that color, she’ll probably ditch the posterboard and just start painting even though she has to pick the kids up from school in an hour.

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

As she paints the backs of the bookcases, she’ll run out of paint. She’ll have to ask her husband to buy a quart on the way home from work since the one she was using was just the sample paint pot and also it’s time to pick up the kids.

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

So after her husband gets home with the new paint, it’ll probably sit on the bookcase for three weeks because she forgot to budget time to finish the other side and also paint behind the television. And also a second coat on the first bookcase.

After she lives with the hot mess for 3 weeks, she’ll clear off the second bookcase and tape it off and paint the other side while her husband attempts to watch a Notre Dame basketball game even though she’s painting behind the t.v.

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

As soon as the paint is close to being dry, she’ll rip off the tape and add all her favorite things back onto the shelves in a totally new arrangement.

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

She’ll step back, admire the new look, and listen as her 4-year-old asks: “Mommy, why do you decorate so much?” <—— true story

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

As she basks in the glow of a job, well, done… she’ll have 15 more free minutes to spare before heading out the door.

And if you give a gal 15 free minutes, she might just flip over the posterboard and test drive a new living room wall color that will look SO GREAT with those updated built-ins.  😉

Freshen up your bookcases with this quick tip! {how to paint inside built-in bookcases}

{{Cheers to quick room makeovers this weekend! Quick makeovers that lead to BIGGER things… watch out, living room walls!}}

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10 Comments

  1. Beautiful as always Carrie! What is the paint color? I’ve been looking for a nice gray for our family room that is versitle enough to go with cool greens and blues, but also warm wood floors. Do you think this would fit the bill (maybe by going a shade lighter) or is it too much for a whole room?

    1. Hey Jess! I’m SO in love with the color I was going to try to use it in my master bedroom too but it’s just a shade too dark for my particular space. It’s by Behr and the color is Suede Gray. I was actually thinking of heading back to Home Depot and checking out the colors just under it to see if they’re a lighter grade of that shade. Hope that helps!! I’m on a search for another perfect gray so I’ll let you know if I find one. 🙂

  2. I just started following you. This is one of my favorite posts so far. LOVE the color!

  3. HAHAHAHA! Totally TRUE!! …especially the “during the game” part 🙂 Oh, and the “could you please pick up _____ on the way home…” part 🙂 🙂 🙂

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