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  1. Julia, I love your ideas! Shelving looks very interesting! It is a wooden or steel frame?

  2. It looks great, Julia! I love that you are bringing more color into your space too! The blues look great! xo Kristin

    1. Thanks, I love the color too but I think I have to stop myself soon, so it doesn’t get to colorful 😉

  3. It was worth it in the end because it looks gorgeous! Now that you figured it out, you will be the queen of brassy makeovers!

    1. Thanks! Who knows maybe by next year shiny brass will be in style 😉 as of now I like the more muted and dull brass.

  4. This looks fantastic! I love the whole room! It’s so frustrating when what you originally planned doesn’t work out, but your end result is great so maybe it was worth all of the trial and error? lol

  5. Wow, you are the transformation queen! That is amazing, you did a wonderful job, even with all your pitfalls! Great job.

  6. I swear, it’s the projects that seem straightforward that always give me worst trouble. The shelves turned out SO nice though! It looks fantastic!

    1. Yes, it’s so true. The straightforward projects usually turn out to be a nightmare 😉
      And thanks. Your closet shelving looks great too 😉

  7. It looks fantastic Julia! I love that you kept at it until you got there. I bet those shelves make that whole area feel a bit more open!

  8. The shelf looks great! Bravo to you for continuing to find a solution to why the Rub ‘N Buff wasn’t working. I probably would’ve given up and used gold paint instead haha

    1. Thanks Caitlin, I tried the liquid leaf and I forgot to mention that I bought gold spray paint too but I didn’t like the look. I really like the color of the gold leaf Rub n’ Buff. Otherwise I would have just given up and used the good old spray paint 😉

  9. I’ve been reading through all your posts and I’m so impress with your style. I wish you were in Phoenix to give me pointers. And believe me I need them after 9 brain surgeries! I am really loving your bookshelf and got to thinking- wouldn’t the frame be pretty easy to recreate out of wood.

    1. Aww thank you so much Kimmothy. Sorry to hear about 9 brain surgeries.
      By the way you are totally right, you could recreate the shelf with wood but you’d have to use some lighter shelving materials and accessories because the glass shelfs and books are so heavy!

  10. Wow! I probably would have given up once I took the Expedit off the wall and saw all the painting that had to be done. You have some serious will power to spiff that shelving up. It looks so fantastic in the end! I love the painted shelves. Brilliant.

    1. Thanks, LOL, I always tell my husband that this is the area where I’m seriously competitive.

  11. Visiting from Roadkill Rescue. Good on you for persevering…well worth the effort. My first thought with all the brass was 70’s…but that was a shot in the dark. I lived through the 70’s but don’t remember a whole lot…but that’s because I’m “old”, not due to chemical recreation. Anyway, I pronounce the curse lifted. The corner ROCKS!

  12. Anonymous says:

    What I can’t figure out is what’s holding up the glass shelves–which look fantastic w/ the green color. And the white paint on the undersides was a touch of genius.

    1. Hi, the shelves are resting on top of padded screws that are attached to the metal frame.

  13. Awesome!! The best makeover I have seen for a long time!

    1. Thank you so much! I love your name by the way. Ama was my grandmother’s nickname and she was awesome.

  14. Totally worth all the effort! I’ve had similar troubles with rub n buff and actually found that lightly sanding helps too. Your shelf looks amazing!

    1. Thanks Carmel, I’m glad that I’m not the only one with RubNbuff issues.

  15. Hi Julia! So this explains those gold fingers on Instagram!! It looks great! Such a good result for all the trouble!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi Julia, I love your style….truly unigue. You really are cuckoo 4 design! I have to tell you I love your bookcase…however,a silver finish vs gold would really make it pop. I would have to guess…you alreay have one in the works. Let me know when it done. I would love one for my living room.

  17. That is an awesome transformation indeed! I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  18. Hey Julia! So, I am totally your blog stalker tonight! I have been wanting to read more of your posts and I am FINALLY getting a chance to do so!! LOVE this bookshelf. It is so cool that you painted the undersides of the shelves white! I would have never thought of that! Pinning lots of things! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  19. awesome, awesome, awesome! found you from the linky party at Our Fifth House :o) I love how this project turned out! I have a buffet/dresser thing that I’m working on and it is taking fo.ev.er. so I get it! Glad I found your blog!

  20. Oh my goodness, Julia, you majorly persevered on that project! Way to stick with it and figure it out! Glad to know about the R&B on shiny brass. I’ve had that problem too! Your corner is GORGEOUS, and I would guess cursed no more! 🙂

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