Weekly Wrap Up #84- Pictures of my Beautiful Bookshelves

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Oceanview-Swing-Set_largeHello Lovelies! Welcome to my weekly wrap up!

This week has been exhausting! I worked Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday this week. Wednesday I took my Miguel to the hospital for a routine procedure. That same day, my kids play-set arrived, we purchased it last week and had to pay to have it delivered. I have to admit, I assumed we would pay someone to put it together, too. But, they wanted $350 for set up, so we decided to just do it ourselves. Yea, right, like it’s no big deal.

This fucking play-set is insane to set up. We have been working on it a few hours a day since Wednesday, and we are still not done. I hope to be done by tomorrow, maybe? It is the sort of thing that requires a drill and a bunch of other things I prefer not to handle. My kids are extremely excited and I can’t wait for them to have an outdoor space to play on.

Thursday I decided to get back to my bookcases. I couldn’t really work on the play-set until my Miguel got home, so why not start a new project, right? My “book room” has a built in bookcase (it used to be a closet in the second bedroom, but now it is a room where the stairs live. I loving call it the book room because I put all my bookcases in there) The closet had wood panel and then built in shelves. Like, wood panel from I hated the fucking wood panel SO DAMN MUCH! I have been looking at it for 6 months and I have had enough!

The good news is that I actually finished all my bookcases. I did enlist a little help from my daughter Belle. Here are some pictures. Oh, and I apologize for not having before pictures. You see what happened was….I got a new phone. I had loads of pictures of my bookshelves on my old phone, but I lost all of them when I switched from android to iphone. I can’t find any pictures of them now.

Anyways, I started off thinking I wanted white/turquoise shelves.


I quickly realized I needed to rethink this due to my book room having LARGE amounts of dark wood trim. Also, I started off with spray paint. I couldn’t possibly have spray painted the built in shelves, (although, I did try to mentally make it work). So then I tried the dark brown with turquoise…


Listen, they didn’t have the high gloss brown to match the turquoise when I went back to the store. I settled for matte brown. So now I have one white/turquoise, and one matte brown/turquoise. I am not happy but it is “good enough” on these shelves.

The bookshelf built ins had wood panel on the wall. I hated the fucking wood panel SO DAMN MUCH! I have been looking at it for 6 months and I have had enough! Here’s what it looked like while it was in progress, (once again, sorry no “real” before pictures)…


There was a space on this wall where I squeezed in another free standing bookshelf. I decided to flip the color around on that one so it could sort of stand out. I took this while it was still wet so it looks patchy, but I think you get the idea…


Please excuse the mess in the background. The clothes on the floor are actually jackets as the “coat closet is under those stairs, (my kids don’t understand how to use hangers apparently). Here is the finished result…


The smaller bookshelf of the bottom does not have books on it. It is still tacky so I am gonna wait another day or so. I am very happy with the result. What do you think?


This Thursday the new Beyond the Books will be posted. This week we are discussing Where do you fall in the birth order of your family? First, middle, baby, only? Do you think that affected who you are today? I have to admit, I am feeling sort of bad that more people don’t participate in Beyond the Books. I am gonna keep on with it, though. I like no having to come up with a topic every week.


I posted a video this week:

Last week I posted:

I didn’t post as much as I had hoped last week. In my defense, the book I started reading Saturday was over 700 pages. So that kinda threw my schedule out of wack.

Weekly Wrap Up #83

Review: THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill 💋‍💋‍💋‍💋‍💋‍

Review: DOWN WITH THE SHINE by Kate Karyus Quinn 💋‍💋‍💋‍

That time my website broke ~Beyond the Books

Review: RUINED by Amy Tintera 💋‍💋‍💋‍💋‍

Next week I plan to post:

Night Speed by Chris Howard

The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

Currently reading:

the map of bones

My Book Haul:

Lootcrate and Owlcrate came this week!



Recent Blog Reads:

I decided to combine my 365 Challenge with this part of my wrap up. Here are the blogs I visited and commented on this week (i commented on more than these, but these are the ones I chose for the challenge). I am gonna try to get 365 different blogs to visit, without any repeats.

What did you do this week?

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    April 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    The book room shelves look great! That wood paneling is so ugly and so difficult to figure out what to do with it. I had an apartment that had the stuff and I covered the walls with as much stuff as possible. What better than to cover it with bookshelves! Good luck with the playset. I feel your pain on that one. Have a great week!
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  2. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    April 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Oh I love how the shelves came out!! Great job! That is some serious playset too. When we got ours we sprang for them to put it together because my husband and I are so not handy!! I just got Scarlett Epstein too so hope we both like it! Have a great week!
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  3. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders
    April 23, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I think your book nook is so cool! I would love to have the space to do that! (And the shelves!)

  4. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance April 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Ooh I like your shelves look really nice, and it’s cool that they all have a space to go together. I have a lot of bookshelves but they aren’t right next to each other. haha I’m doing a major haul and trying to free up a lot more space though! Yay for subscription boxes! I really want to subscribe to one again, but I need to wait to when I have better money coming in. Sigh.

    I really like your discussion posts, so I’d definitely keep doing them just for yourself! I need to try and do some of them though because I like the topics; I just often forget these things.

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    • Karen Blue
      April 25, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

      I try to keep Beyond the Books low key. You can participate any day, I keep the linky open all week for those that want to post on a different day.

  5. Love how the bookcases turned out! Looks great!!
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  6. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    April 24, 2016 at 6:07 am - Reply

    Your new shelves look amazing, Karen! I’m sure it was a lot of work.
    That swing-set is going to be great, but I don’t think I’d even try to put it together ourselves. I hope you’ll have it ready for the kids soon.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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  7. Steph
    April 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    I love the shelves! They look great. Sucks that the playset is taking so long, I can only imagine the craziness it requires to be put together – wishing you luck with it 🙂

  8. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    April 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Oh those shelves look great, I badly need new shelves but my other half says we have no space, I said we could use his wardrobe and get rid of his clothes!

    We got a swing/slide set for my pair a couple of years ago and it was a bloody nightmare too, good luck though!

    Don’t feel bad about beyond the books, its great and you have lots of fab topics!
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