Before and After – New Built-in Bookshelves

I love our living room with its hardwood floors, big fireplace and picture window, but it was lacking. The expansive walls on either side seemed to be calling for some white built-in bookshelves.

Before - blank walls to the left and right
A wall in definite need of some built-ins

I contracted with a finish carpenter to install some built-in bookshelves with wine storage. The space on either side wasn’t even, so the wine storage helped balance things out.

After - Our new built-ins complete with wine storage
A big improvement - now we need some stuff to put on them.

We cleared out a lot of our books when we moved from our condo to the house a few years back, so we don’t have a lot of books to put on the shelves. I’m sure we’ll be able to fill them up in no time. I have some great black and white photos that a friend took, that I’m planning to put on either side of the fireplace in black frames.

So, what do you think?