Living in New York City doesn’t give me lots of space. Because of this, I’ve arranged and re-arranged the few furniture pieces in my small studio apartment at least seven times. I think I’ve finally come up with a layout that doesn’t make it seem like I’m trying to pretend like I don’t live in a studio and two doesn’t make me fall asleep upon entry.
Using my two bookcases as room dividers has worked pretty well for me for the last couple of months. However, I was bored of waking up to face the blank cardboard backside of the shelving units.
I decided to paint angel wings on the backs of my bookcases, so I’ll have something inspiring to look at when I open my eyes each morning instead of being grumpy about not knowing what to wear because I neglected to wash clothes.
Here’s the beginning:
I fully understand that this looks like a pair of awesomely snatched eyebrows. Ignore the piece of paper hanging out of the back of the bookcases as room dividers. They’re from Target, okay! Additionally, ignore the stuff on the chair. I’m not a perfect domestic diva. I am also not Puerto Rican. :( But, if you pay attention, you’ll notice the aforementioned glass of cheap champagne in the lower, right hand corner. Focus on the positives, here.
And here’s the progress so far:
I’m not an artist by any means, and I experienced logistical mistakes, like wielding a paintbrush loaded with turquoise pigment while in a bubbly-induced haze. Unfortunately, my sheets were a casualty. The image is coming along quite nicely. (Again, ignore that piece of paper. Blame Target–and my carpentry skills.)
I hope this gives you some inspiration if you live in a studio apartment and want to use bookcases as room dividers. Most decorating blogs focus on ‘staging’ the shelves of bookcases, but don’t focus on the bland cardboard or MDF-if-you’re-fancy backsides.