Kitchen Cabinets Turned Into a Bookcase

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I’m so happy to report that the new bookcases at the beach condo are finished!
Because we live four hours away, it wasn’t a quick project.  We dedicated every single weekend that we were at the beach since early March to building these.
The wall where they are located was a big blank space and was boring, boring, boring.

Bookcase wall collagePin

The bookcases are filled with an assortment of thrifty items that I’ve been accumulating for the last few years.  Yes – I said years.  I’ve dreamt of having bookcases on this wall ever since we renovated our beach getaway.


A painting by my Auntie Syl inspired me to use orange as an accent color.  I love orange and any shade of blue mixed together.
Let me show you around just a little.
My sweet stepdaughter, Ms. B, surprised me with this painting that she did of a seagull for my birthday a couple of years ago.  I finally found the perfect place to showcase it!
I love adding a small lamp to a bookcase.  It really adds so much ambiance at night.  I found this little one lamp at Maxway for a mere $12.  I thought that I’d be repainting it somehow, but I think I’ll just leave it alone.


The little rattan tray filled with a combination of shells that we found ourselves and a bag of beach filler is sitting atop a book that has a lot of sentimental value to me.  It belonged to my mother who had such an adoration for the ocean.


I found the large coral looking thingy at Goodwill.  I “stole” it from the bookcase in my master bedroom at home.  And the metal painted container came from One Kings Lane.  I sure do wish they’d have another sale on these containers!

 Because the walls in this place are a little wonky and because I wanted to make sure that both ends of the bookcase were flat against the wall, we chose not to put any kind of backing on them.  Instead, we just painted the wall to give it the allusion of having a back.  Worked like a charm.

Now here’s a question for all of you.  Should I put knobs on the cabinet doors?  I haven’t so far because I’m concerned that it will look too busy.  I would use some sort of simple decorative knob if I were to add them.  What do you think?

 This wall has come such a long way, baby.



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  1. Pat@Back Porch Musings says:

    Gorgeous bookcases. I love how you’ve accessorized them too.

  2. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says:

    I love the colors you chose, and the construction is perfection. (Tell your hubby) I think clear glass knobs may work on the cabinet doors.

  3. Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says:

    Your husband did a great job making the bookcases and you did a great job making them look beautiful. That color is perfect for a beach condo and all the accessories are the finishing touch. I like your drapery fabric that is slightly showing. Thank you for showing your finished bookcases at Your Cozy Home Party. Hope you can join us next week for the Grill, BBQ and Picnic Party. There will be many categories not just food. Hope you can join us!!——— Shannon

  4. The colors here just sparkle and beckon us in. Adding that color to the back of the bookcases was perfection. Thanks for sharing this week on BeColorful

  5. It all looks wonderful. The colors are beatuiful. Congrats for a job well done!

  6. I love each and every corner of this living room, you have made magic on it, all the colorful sea theme, it’s really beautiful, I love the photography as well, what do I not love from this?… It’s gorgeous.

  7. Linda @ it all started with paint says:

    The bookcases are seriously awesome! I just love and adore and the ASCP color and the accessories … how clever to find coral from the aquarium section …



  8. Wow ! Beautiful… Love the shell painting on the wall… .the collection of shells brings back many memories down the sea shore… and I luv the metal container that contains the succulent… Beautiful color combination !!!

  9. Laura @ cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot says:

    Looks good Suzi! Lovin’ the pop of blue background.


  10. Sooooo fantastic!! I can almost hear the waves lapping onto the shore. LOL! It truly looks incredible and the colors are perfectly coastal. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  11. Love them! I’ve been craving ocean-themed decor since before summer even started! I definitely would not have thought to find accessories, like your gorgeous coral, in the aquarium section! I think I need to go to Walmart…

  12. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says:

    This is so beautiful! I love the vibrant colors together. Fabulous job!

  13. Connie@shabbyforsure says:

    Everything looked so good I thought you had even added new chairs. I had to take a second look at them. Great job…Connie

  14. Madge Bloom says:

    Gorgeous transformation! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #35!

  15. What a gorgeous room! I want to hang out there!! Very nice color combo…I’m impressed.

  16. Nellie's Cozy place says:

    I am in love with your shelves. I love white and I love that color of blue,
    they are fabulous and look wonderful in that space, and you also did a marvelous job of accessorizing them as well.
    Know you have to be enjoying them so very much.
    Great job!!

    blessings, Nellie
    This is my first time to visit with you.

  17. Creative Raisins says:

    How fun is that I love all the bright colors you used

  18. Meg I am..... says:

    Love, love your color combination! Walls and back of bookcase look so HAPPY together!! Have you seen the post floating around blog land that uses pottery barn crystal vase filler as a drawer knob on a bookcase?? WISH I could remember who’s post that was….. But I bet it would look great on your bookcases. (They’re not shiny, just soft white & texture-y)!

    Anyway – I vote for a pull of some kind!

    Stopping by from Never a Dull Day

  19. Barbe @ Beez Rental Designs says:

    What a lovely space. Your bookcases are outstanding as is your decor in them. I would vote ‘no’ on the knobs if you don’t need them to open doors. Since they’re almost hidden why spoil the beautiful doors. But sometimes you just feel the need and in that case, I would say white or glass as mentioned by others. I found you at Savvy Southern and a new follower. Hope you’ll stop by for a visit.