Upcycling a bookcase with Vardo Farrow & Ball

Updated: Mar 2

We had an old white bookcase hanging around and feeling very unloved. Having collected many books about the various characters celebrated in Harrison and also many novels from local Northern Irish authors we decided on a new project.

We painted the cream bookshelves with Farrow & Ball Vardo which is a beautiful peacock blue color. It looked nice against the hague blue of the reception and hall area.

We applied some copper paint here and there on the shelves to add a bit of interest. We bought some copper knobs online for the drawers. All of the sudden the boring bookcase was vibrant and fabulous and ready to be filled with interesting books !

We had an entire set of Anthony Trollope novels. Not too many people know that Trollope lived and worked in Belfast as a postmaster and wrote his first successful book "The Warden" while living here. An other fascinating fact is that he invented the postbox and a plaque celebrating his contributions can be seen outside customs house.

Other books include CS Lewis who was born in Belfast, Beckett who taught in Campbell College, Swift who was a rector in Carrickfergus, Seamus Heaney a beloved local poet and of course the Brontës who's father emigrated to England from here.

We also have autobiographies of Hans Sloane, Van Morrison, Yeats and many prestigious Belfast people. You can peruse the shelves and study photographs and local history books about Belfast and surrounding towns.

We made a book nook at the reception so that guests can relax and sit and read at their leisure and find out yet more stories connected with The Harrison. We have even added a beautiful scented candle called "Reading in the Library" to add the extra ambiance.

Come and stay at The Harrison and enjoy all the nooks and crannies with stories galore.

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