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Category: Libraries

How to Give Your Library a Makeover

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My, oh my! Look at all those books in a poor, dull library. They’re screaming for help! If your books appear like they’ve lost their lives, I’m positive your library needs an upgrade.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to purchase new cabinets, shelves, or furniture. You just need the power of…

SPRAY PAINT!

Yup. Your spray gun and paint can save your library in no time. So, brace yourself for the next parts!

Prepare the room or area

  1. E.L. Blumenschein House LibraryRemove everything from your library. Leave the biggest furniture (perhaps a table) at the center of the room if it’s impossible to transfer outside. Place newspapers underneath the left furniture too.
  2. Take out the outlet plates, as well as the light switch.
  3. Thoroughly clean your library—every nook and cranny should be sanitized. Use a duster, a broom, and a vacuum cleaner. If necessary, use towels soaked in soapy water then squeezed to remove stains on the walls.
  4. If there are cracks and gaps on the floor, walls, or ceiling, use a filler. Smooth the surface thereafter.
  5. Cover the switches using painter’s tape. Using newspapers, cover other parts of the room you don’t wish to be painted. Don’t forget that big furniture in the middle of your room!
  6. Use a high-quality primer to prime your library.

Let the painting begin

Get a dependent paint sprayer from paint sprayer magazine and choose the color of your paint.

  1. Wear your old clothes, mask, protective eyewear, gloves, and proper footwear.
  2. Carefully add your chosen color of paint to your spray gun.
  3. Direct your spray gun on a cardboard to test the paint.
  4. Spray paint gunStart painting the ceiling. The spray gun nozzle should be about 10-12 inches far from the surface you’re painting.
  5. Paint your walls—they’ve been waiting for this makeover.
  6. Paint your floor by rows.
  7. Let the paint dry completely (24-48 hours).

Rearrange the library

  • While waiting for the paint to dry, give your books some time with you. Dust them and make sure there aren’t any spider webs attached to them. This might take a while, but you have a day or two to spare anyway.
  • Don’t just return everything in their original positions. That’s boring! Plan where everything else should be placed after the drying process. Perhaps you could change the color of your shelves too.
  • Return the items from biggest to smallest. You could follow this order: shelves, tables and chairs, fans (if there are any), cabinets, books, light switch, outlet plates, and others.
  • I suggest you add an indoor plant in case your library doesn’t have one yet.

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6 of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Libraries may not be high on top of many travelers must see attractions. But there are several out there that are attracting its share of local and foreign guests. And you do not have to be a self-professed book nerd to add many of them to your list of must-see places. With hundreds to choose from, here are eight of the most stunning libraries in the world in alphabetical order.

1. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey Library of St. Gallen

Abbey Library of St. Gallen is located in the Convent of St Gall which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is touted to be one of the oldest libraries in the world with an extensive collection of manuscripts that date back to several centuries. The library boasts of stunning architecture and interiors as well as over a hundred thousand of volumes in its collection. It is also home to an ancient architectural plan.

2. Admont Abbey Library, Austria

The Admont Abbey Library, nestled in the midst of breathtaking scenery, is the world’s largest monastery library. Its architecture, the frescoes on the ceiling, and sculptures are among the beautiful highlights to see when visiting this mesmerizing library.

3. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic

Clementinum

The Clementinum is a stunning display of baroque architecture and frescoes. It is home to several collections included rare globes. Walking along the library hall is like being transported back in time.

4. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Library of Congress

This beautiful library houses a collection of books that include those from Thomas Jefferson. A mosaic of the Roman goddess Minerva is depicted overlooking the main reading room.

5. The Library of El Escorial, Spain

The Library of El Escorial

The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a famous attraction in its own right. The complex is also home to the The Library of El Escorial which has a collection of more than 40,000 books. The library features barrel vaults with frescoes, spectacular wooden shelves, and beautiful marble floors.

6. The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Library Copenhagen

The Royal Library Copenhagen is striking with its modern design. Also referred the as the Black Diamond, the library features black granite. Many marvel at its stark angles, ceiling fresco, and the spectacular views it offer.

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