So, I was given a $100 gift card for the work I did on a project and it’s been burning a hole in my pocket.
I went to TJ Maxx to see if there was anything interesting. There was. First off, I encountered a woman who was berating the poor store manager, demanding an additional markdown and asking to speak with his boss. I think she was either drunk or crazy. Or both. But it was interesting.
Moving on, I browsed the pillow department and scored some pretty pillows for my sectional (finally), and I’m test driving them to see if I like them in my family room. And if I don’t, they’re so pretty, I’m sure I can find another home for them.
But who can go home from TJ Maxx with just throw pillows, when you have a gift card in your grubby hands? Not me.
I also found a pretty hand towel for my powder room and one of those “bags ‘o goodies” that has a bunch of fun and funky things like balls wrapped in twine or made of twigs, to put in an apothecary jar or a glass bowl. You’ve seen them. Right next to the bags of shells and glass pebbles. You’ve bought them. I know you have.
Since I had my pillows and my hand towel, the beachy bag o’ goodies just seemed like a good idea. And since I had these beachy goodies, I might as well restyle my bookcases since I recently repainted the walls and all.
Here is the entire space. I still haven’t decided what color to paint the beige insets here. I’m thinking white, to match the trim, and then paint out the back of the bookshelves in another color.
I started with one side – this is where it began:
And a beach photo of the boys seems appropriate, along with shells from that very beach. The candlesticks were spraypainted in a glossy aqua.
The books on the top shelf are the same ones I had before, just covered with scrapbooking paper. Well, almost covered – they’re on the top shelf, so you can’t see that the two laying on their side aren’t completely covered. Shhh. No one needs to know. The clock is another TJ Maxx find from awhile back that I just couldn’t resist.
You can see the Beachy Bag ‘o Goodies found a home…