Finished Built-In Shelves in Matt’s Office


Believe it or not, the last update I shared on Matt’s office shelves was in April of this year. The garden and summer commitments have kept us incredibly busy, so it took me a while to get back to finishing up the last bit of painting on the doors and trim. To be totally honest, the last 5% of every project always has me dragging my feet. So, summer wasn’t completely to blame. Nevertheless, I am thrilled to share the finished built-in shelves!

Paint color: Behr, Vine Leaf  •  Finish: Satin for shelves, doors, trim and flat for walls  •  Love this color? I highly recommend getting a sample to test on your walls as it may look different than what is pictured here!

If you recall, I actually sprayed the shelves at the end of March, and rolled the walls in April. The paint we used proved to be challenging to work with and I was (and still kind of am) struggling with the results. At the time I was going back and forth on whether or not I actually wanted to paint the doors and trim green, too, so I let the excitement of the garden build consume me instead. Hello, decision paralysis! I eventually came to the realization that I had to see it in order to decide and, if I didn’t like it, could re-paint it white.

As soon as I put the first coat on the trim and doors, I knew it was the way to go. Painting everything the same color makes this tiny room feel far more vast than it actually is. I left the window and surrounding trim white for now, as I was worried that would make the window appear even smaller than it already is. But, I’ve been known to change my mind before…

Now, before you ask – YES, this room is dark as all heck. Matt uses this room to game in the evenings, so it’s dark anyway. We love that it feels like a cozy little library and can function as an additional guest room when needed. For now, lamps give us the light we need. We’ve talked about adding some more sconces, flanking the door and/or future daybed, but that’s a project for another day!

So, there you have it. Matt now has a place to store his trinkets and treasures (which he has a lot of) and we’ve turned an awkward wall into a beautiful and functional space. Better yet, we’ve gained some great nuggets of knowledge that we can apply to future built-in projects (wink, wink!)

1 Comment

  1. Dad

    Yeah! Super great work and well designed!


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