Thursday, October 27, 2011

Beadboard Bookshelf in Old White

My ex-husband built this little bookshelf for me as a Christmas gift 20-odd years ago, backed in beadboard and stained Antique Walnut.  See, some things never go out of style, huh?  However, the finish was quite dull and the wood very dried out, and the things I displayed on it got a little lost in the darkness of the shelves.

I decided to coordinate it with the lighter pieces in my living room by painting the body Old White and waxing it with clear wax, conditioning and re-staining the top, and applying a coat of poly (to the top only). 

I like how it turned out.  I did use quite a bit of paint on it though.  Two coats just barely covered the old stain.  I might have gone with a third coat if I was going to sell it but since its for my house, I'm ok with it not being completely perfect.  :)

It's also a little small for under this big mirror, but I like having something there.  I would love to have a small decorative fireplace mantel that fit this spot.  It's very narrow but it would be a great spot for one.

I got the little advertising box many years ago at an auction.  It's just a beat-up little box but I love the picture.

I'm linking up at Potpourri Friday, Show and Tell Friday, Feathered Nest Friday and Furniture Friday.  Have an awesome weekend!


Honey at 2805 said...

Your bookcase is so pretty painted white but leaving the top dark! Nice job!

Thank you for participating in Potpourri Friday. Many thanks!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your bookcase looks fabulous! I love how you have decorated it! Looks perfect! I'm your newest follower!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I think the paint made a wonderful transformation! Great job! That's a perfect spot for it too. I think the mirror works fine. I can never manage more than one or two "perfect" corners in my whole house! haha!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice refreshing update. Nice job.

Little Penpen said...

Looks great! Isn't it amazing what a coat of paint can do??

Betsy (BB) said...

This is a great update! I think painting a piece really brings out it's character. It looks fabulous! I love it!

Mrs.S said...

Very nice, you did a great job!!
Were getting ready to build our first home, so im def out on the look for sweet ideas..

Lisa @ akawest said...

Wow, that is quite the transformation. I love all of the glimpses of your house.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Soo pretty~ the transformation is darling! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!!! :)

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