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Friday, July 9, 2010

A project complete...

Summer has been so very busy for our family so far, but I've been able to squeeze in a little time here and there on "my stuff". I had this small bookcase in my donate pile after some tweaking in my younger son's room. We needed a place to put my husband's favorite books in the office, so this was the right size, just ugly as all get out. I forgot to take a before, but here's what it looked like-fake natural pine, but with the back panel painted navy blue. (It had been in two toddler/little boy rooms).

I already had all the stuff, except the two small rosettes, so I just went to it, figuring I had nothing to lose.  I attached the moldings with wood glue and my brad nailer. Having never painted this kind of fake wood before, I just did what I would do to prep the real thing,  a light sanding with 120 grit sandpaper. I was pretty confident though, because I was using a super duper high quality Benjamin Moore paint. It's latex but goes on and wears like oil. So awesome. It got two coats of black, and probably three of the tan to cover the navy on the back. 

I lightly distressed the edges, and gave the whole thing a coat of Early American stain. I normally use a dark walnut, but I knew the laminate wouldn't absorb the color like the wood moldings, so this looks more uniform.

Here's a terrible shot of the whole wall. This room is dark without the overhead lights on. I spent less than $5 on the top rosettes, and accessorized with what I already had. Notice the gum machine is empty? And the keys are in the top? It is impossible to find the old square bubble gums, and everything else gets stuck.So it's pretty much an oversized candy dish for whatever we find at Costco... 


So happy with my cheapie makeover! Now I'm off to watch Wall-e on this rainy afternoon! My little guy is growing up on me so fast-I'm thrilled that he still wants to watch old movies with Mom.

I'm linking up with the sisters at Shanty 2 Chic for their "I made it without my Hubby" party. Go take a peek!

~Katherine

13 comments:

Patti said...

Your bookshelf redo is amazing! love the rosettes!!

Ann said...

Kathrine, Your redo is great. I've never even considered refinishing a piece made from that material. Thanks for sharing and showing us what can be done. ~Ann

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I love it! And I thought I was the queen over make-dos and make-overs!
★Linda★

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

It turned out great! I've been wanting to do the same thing to a shelf of mine - thanks for sharing! You did a wonderful job!!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

I'll say it's a Fabulous Make Over!
Love the detail with the scroll finials on the corners.

Karen

Young and Crafty said...

What a fab little makeover to an otherwise boring bookcase!!

Hannah
http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

Sunshine and Shadows said...

I loved how you saved that ugly bookcase. I think this may work for my basement. I am going to try this. I can't believe the difference some trim and paint made on this bookcase. It looks so classy - beautiful!

El said...

Wonderful post. You did a great job. Could you tell us where you got the molding and the name of the paint color you used. I'd love to try it out. Thanks!

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Oh my word what a transformation!!! LOVE it!!! I especially love the price. You're my kind of girl. Do things on the cheap. LOL

Mary

Kindra said...

Love, love the shelf redo! I can't get enough of projects like these. Why by the expensive stuff when you can create through your own things at home!

Denise Marie said...

Katherine, you did a great job! I'm a baseball mom and love all your ball touches. I'll have you know that even my 10 & 12 year old boys will still cozy up on the couch with momma. :)

I saw ya on Cozy Blanket's blog roll.

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

I know it is a little late to comment (I just found your blog) I love what you did to these, I actually have a lot of them because they use to store my fabric in my old craft room. Now they are scattered throughout the kids rooms. I will have to work on them now that I have seen it is possible - Thanks!!

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