Hooray! We finally got something for that tall, dead space next to our honkin’-big TV! I’ve had my eye on IKEA’s Vittsjo shelving for awhile, and I finally got a set. Actually, I bought 3, but realized 2 is enough. So one set has to go back and sadly…our IKEA is an hour and a half away. Road trip!
Ok, so here’s the before and after but please keep reading because I need and want your opinions!
Doesn’t it look better to have some furniture there?
Now I’m no stylist, but I’m happy with how I have them for now. I’d like to maybe have a collection of globes across the top so the one up there doesn’t look so lonely. The plane beside it was my grandpa’s and is very special to me. All of the vases are faux milk glass, which incidentally is the topic of my most popular post to date (thank you, Pinterest!). The top right shelf houses nature identification and trail guides, along with a constellation print my husband and I bought at a street market in Barcelona. The second cubby down on the left is our Michigan shelf. We love to vacation in Grand Haven, so I added a framed map of the area and a piece of driftwood we got from the beach. I plan on collecting some sand and smooth rocks for the glass jar this summer. The shelf beside that one has a couple of books that reflect my husband’s interests: baseball and home building…but I want to add something fishing or golfing-related, too. We also need a pic of the kiddos somewhere. So that’s all the meaningful stuff so far, I guess. The rest is just magazine, library book, and game storage. I just love looking at our special things. This house has needed some more of “us” in it for a long time.
Ok, so here’s where I need your opinion! I fell in love with Centsational Girl’s IKEA hack for Vittsjos that she pulled off for her study. (She gives lots of ideas for the “Versatile Vittsjo here, too.) I adore the combo of white and wood and had always planned on copying hers. But true to form, after putting them together I couldn’t wait to see how they’d look in the space, and then I had to fill them, of course, and now…well, now, I kinda like them the way they are! So tell me…should I keep them like this?
Or paint them like this? I’m not kidding…chime in please! (Thanks.)