How to Put Decorative Panels Inside a Bookcase

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Video Transcript

RON HAZELTON:

I recently finished building my bookcase here and when I painted the back, well I made it the same color as the front and the sides which is what I normally do. But my wife Lynn was looking through a magazine and she saw a bookcase very similar to this, with the back painted an accent color.  And we thought you know what, that could look really good in this room.  Lynn and I love this lamp and we love this color green. We thought it would look great possibly as an accent color in the bookcase.

The question was though, what shade of green? Well there's plenty of natural green around this part of the country for inspiration. And I get to take it in every time I head over to the home improvement center.  With all the foliage fresh in my mind, I start looking through the paint chips and decide to pick 3 slightly different shades of green with the thought that one of them will be just what we're looking for.  A quart of each will let me do a test before I commit to a color. 
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Back at the shop I paint 3 sample panels, let them dry, then take them inside.  Now I'll admit I'm a bit challenged when it comes to visualizing colors from a small chip. Making larger samples like this really helps. It also lets me see the colors under different lighting conditions.

So these are the 3 colors I picked out?  What do you think?
LYNN:
I think they're all pretty.  I think I definitely have a preference though for the middle one.  I think this one over here is a little too strong and when it gets dim, it may actually look a little too dark.   And that one looks a little too pale to me.

Doesn't really have enough contrast.
RON HAZELTON:
You took the words right out of my mouth you know.  The color expert that I am I said that's it, right there right.  Actually I kind of bracketed it so we'd have some, some leeway on either side. But no, I think you're right.  I think you're right.  You know and the thing is, when I put these on the bead board, it's just because I had bead board lying around.

I used it for material.  I actually kind of like the look of that.  That kind of, the stripe, the texture back there.  I'm thinking instead of painting the back of the bookcase, maybe what I'll do is I'll just cut panels out of that and paint the panels.

And just put them in there, just tack them in.
LYNN:
Yeah, let's give it a shot.
RON HAZELTON:
With the color selection made, I get to work painting the bead board which I've cut to size.  To attach the panels I'm using just a few small brads, nailing mostly around the edges.  This way I have fewer nail holes to fill and an easier time removing the panels if later on, I want to go for a different look.
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I really like the way this looks.  It's added a nice accent to the room.  And I'm really glad I did the color samples.

Because I think we picked a really good one here.  And you know what, if I get tired of this, I can just pop those panels out.

Learn how to add contrasting color to the wall behind your bookshelf compartments.

Having constructed built-in bookshelves, the homeowners have decided to add color to the walls behind the shelves as an accent. To help decide on a color, they paint samples of three shades on large pieces of scrap bead board and try them out on the bookshelves. They decide on a color and also decide they like the striped effect of the color on the bead board. Consequently, they decide to paint the bead board rather than the walls and then nail up the colored panels.