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Rainbow Bookshelves

by MARIA on August 19, 2012

I’m in the midst of my latest need to get my house more organized, neat, decluttered and accessorized. Every couple of months I look around, get a hate on for some room and then immediately head out to Homesense and buy a ridiculous amount of pillows.

My kind of fun.

We also just bought new furniture for our living room and as I sat there staring around the room pondering how many pillows I would need for the new look (seriously), I looked at my massive bookshelf and remembered something I had seen somewhere on Pinterest.

RAINBOWS.

And so I took every book off the shelf and rainbowed the hell out of it.

Yes, rainbow is a verb. As is unicorned and fairied.

I wish I could show you a before pic, but that would have required some forethought and planning, and I skipped that stage.

Isn’t she pretty?

In case you’re wondering, the reason the bottom two rows are rainbowed separately is because they’re cookbooks, and I didn’t want to mix them in with the novels.

What do you think? I’m digging it – so much so that I also did the kitchen cookbook shelf.

Yes, I have many cookbooks. Actually, more than what you see on both shelves above, but it’s a bit of an obsession I’m not willing to deal with at the moment.

There are tons of examples online if you want to rainbow a shelf at your place, and need more inspiration. If you do, feel free to share, would love to see how it turns out!

I’ll be sharing more of my home posts as I try to pretty things up over here, so I hope you’ll check them out.

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1 Jen August 19, 2012 at 9:43 pm

#1 I want your book shelves
#2 I LOVE THIS!

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2 MARIA August 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thanks Jen!!

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3 Amy @ Muddy Boots August 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I did this years ago. It made me smile every time I passed the book shelf.

Every room should have a rainbow.

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4 MARIA August 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I totally agree.

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5 Sandy August 20, 2012 at 6:21 am

I likey! I think I’m going to have to do some rainbowing when I get home. ;)

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6 MARIA August 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

Rainbows are clearly contagious. :)

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7 melissa August 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

I used to do this!! But now I have too many books and not enough shelf space. I do LOVE how it looks though. Maybe I’ll try to do it in the space I have anyway, because it is a super fun look, and is almost like an art piece in the room! :)

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8 MARIA August 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

I can understand too many books – we have about 10 boxes of books in storage right now b/c there just isn’t enough shelf space anywhere in this house. The fact that 99% of those in storage are the husband’s makes it easier – for me anyway.

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9 Londia August 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

I like the look. Very nice. Wow- how many cookbooks you have. I organize from small books to big books but this is nice.
I might have to go change things around :)

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10 MARIA August 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

Do it!! It didn’t long at all and the results are worth it!!

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11 Chantal August 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Holy cookbooks Batman!

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12 MARIA August 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I have more too – they just don’t all fit. It’s a bit of a problem.

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13 Co-Pilot Mom August 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I must confess: I don’t think I have ever heard of rainbow bookshelves before. I feel as though I am missing out on a wonderful thing!

I want to do some reorganizing, too, so I may have to add a touch of rainbow to our shelves!

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14 MARIA August 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Woo!! I caught myself staring at them today. It’s such a little thing but it adds some pretty to a room for sure!!

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15 Elaine August 21, 2012 at 12:13 am

I’m in awe of your cookbook collection. And your knowledge of rainbows. ;-)

xo

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16 MARIA August 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Thanks Elaine.

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17 Loukia August 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I am so in love with what you’ve done! It looks gorgeous. And I’m so jealous that you have more books than I do! LOL. Cookbooks I own? 3. Time used? 1. ;)

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18 MARIA August 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Thanks Loukia.

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