Simple Redecorating With a Bookcase

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by Patrice on May 10, 2011 · 1 comment

in Decorating On A Budget

Do you feel the need to redecorate but can’t find any money in your budget? Sometimes the single mom wants to change the look and feel of the home and needs more than just a cleaning, decluttering and coat of paint.

As the kids grow their uses of space change. Take advantage of that and identify objects that can serve a new purpose or change the way the areas you have available are used.

If your toddler is starting to climb, you may have realized that the tall narrow bookcase you have in the hallway isn’t stable enough to be considered safe. You don’t want to take the chance of it tipping over as the youngster tries to scale the height for the shiny object on the top shelf.

Look at the bookcase with new eyes. Maybe in your home, it’s not meant to be a bookcase. Turn it on its side, place in under a window or leave it in the hallway. Put baskets in it to organize and hide the clutter. Use the top surface as a plant holder.

Want a window seat for your room? Move the bookcase there and top it with pillows. Give it a coat of paint if you need to and you suddenly have a place to relax when you have time to catch up on your reading. The area under the seat is a good storage space for your books and magazines.

Place the seat at the foot of your bed and store extra linens beneath the surface and display your favorite quilt on the top.

With enough creativity, almost any piece of furniture can be used for another purpose in another spot in your room.

Has the baby outgrown the beautiful wood changing table? Turn it into a dresser. Move the piece to your entry way to collect the keys and mail as you come in the door. The drawers will offer additional storage space for those items you need to find on your way out of the house.

The wooden changing table can also serve as a side board or buffet table in the dining area.

The dining room hutch doesn’t have to be in the dining room holding your best dishes. Move it into the home office to hold your books and office supplies. Or, you can move it to the living room or family room and use it as a bookcase, trophy case or media center.

Keep your eyes and your mind open as you shape your surroundings to fit your functional needs and your personal style. What would a bargain piece of furniture really want to be if it only had a coat of paint, a scarf or a new view?

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Brenda May 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm

This is a very creative way to use a book case, I have one that I am not using right now, I think I will take it out and put it under the window!

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