Ever since the day that we moved into our house, a little over a year (!!) ago, and we plopped our giant Ikea mirror into a corner in the living room, I’ve stared at that little corner on a near daily basis and cursed it for looking so awkward, empty, and just generally ugly.
We weren’t really sure how to handle the awkward space behind our couch, but we knew that throwing a mirror against the wall and calling it a day definitely wasn’t part of the plan. After a year of living here, the only thing we knew for sure this corner was good for was our Christmas tree.
Well, we finally recently hit our boiling point with this corner of the room, and we just couldn’t take how empty and strange it was looking anymore, and since it’s not socially acceptable to leave your Christmas tree out all year long (boo!) – we had to do something about it. Luckily, we had just the thing in mind, as we had been admiring/drooling over Ikea’s new line of Vittsjö bookcases for a while – they’re simple, cheap (only $70!), and just so happen to be exactly the right size for our corner.
And, of course, after I showed Corey the gold ones that were featured on Little Green Notebook a few months ago, he decided that we had to do the same thing for our awkward little corner.
So, off to Ikea we went! I’ll admit, I didn’t take any photos of the process here – I just followed the directions to put to bookcase together, sprayed it with a few quick coats of spray paint (Rustoleum metallic brass for the win!) and brought it back into the room once it had dried! We originally had grand plans to replace the glass shelving with stained wood or something along those lines, but once we got the shelf into the room we realized that we absolutely loved how the glass brought in a new material to the room and helped the bookcase feel nice and light – it fills the space perfectly!
I definitely still have some work to do in the styling department, but it wasn’t until we actually got this guy in place that we realized we really don’t have a ton of extra trinkets or tchotchkes laying around the house to decorate with – I guess that’s going to have to change soon! For now, I just tossed a few random things on the shelves for the purpose of showing you how it looks in the room, but I’m sure the look of the bookcase will constantly be evolving as we add to it and switch it up.
Since I’m sure no one is actually paying attention to the book titles in the bookcase, allow me to point out to you that in the process of setting this guy up I discovered that I have not one, not two, but FOUR copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. How does that even happen? I guess this proves that it’s definitely my favorite book ever!
Oh, and for those of you who happened to notice that my beloved white elephant is missing from this photo…about that…
Sigh. There may or may not have been tears over this incident. Corey has this poor little guy out in the workshop and we’re going to see what we can do to fix him up – we’re tossing around the idea of filling the bottom with a little bit of sand before we glue the trunk back on so that we can hopefully prevent another unfortunate fall. Poor elephant.
But, back on a happier track, I’m so happy to finally have something a bit more substantial and useful in this corner – it no longer feels like a waste of space to me! And, if you’re wondering where the mirror went, it has found a new home in our bedroom for now – but it’ll probably migrate to about seven different places before it finds a permanent landing spot!
Do you have any weird spaces in your house that you don’t know how to fill up? What do you love to fill your bookcases with? I obviously am in need of some ideas for mine!