A few weeks ago, I had one of those days where I felt like my living room was BLAH and unbalanced. I am also in the process of decluttering our "junk room" so that I can have a proper workspace. So I decided to take an ugly laminate bookshelf from said junk room and paint it. I painted the exterior a nice espresso brown, and the back of the case a dreamy blue (the same blue I used on my front door).
Then I took to the web for tips on proper arrangement of pretty things on a bookshelf. Apartment Therapy and Young House Love were the most helpful in helping me pick things from around my house and using them to create a cohesive space (hint: less is more).
The end results were quite nice and the bookshelf now resides in the corner of our living room. I quite like it. Now, it is really difficult to paint laminate, as it chips easily. But I was on a mission to do it. I used paint I already had at home and some sandpaper to try and improve the life of the paint. But who knows! For now, it is just right!