Thursday, June 21, 2012

Spice up a Bookcase

My three year old grandson comes to spend a week with me every summer.  He's been here this week and we've made the most of his visit, including a trip to the zoo, the drive-in, and of course McDonalds!  It's a good thing I got this bookcase finished before he arrived.  I've gotten nothing done this week with him being here!



I found this quaint bookcase at a flea market recently.  I kinda like the character.  I stripped and refinished the top, then proceeded to paint the rest.  

I recently ordered a sample pot of Arles and have been anxious to try it out.  This seemed the perfect piece!

Two coats later it had color but somehow lacked character.  Soooo, I painted the inside CeCe Caldwell's Antique White.  


Of course ya gotta tape off the boundaries!


After a coat of clear wax it seemed to lack warmth, so I applied my homemade wax glaze on the gold only and that seemed to do the trick!

I've already taken it into the shop.  


I love, love, love adding color to a piece but I'm always nervous about it being the right color.  This one is different for me.  Hope it is well received!

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11 comments:

Chrissie said...

Very sweet!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Cyndi! Yes, I think putting the white on the inside was a good way to go. It really makes it stand out and looks great against the Arles. I know how grandchild time is. I make sure I stay off my laptop when my granddaughter is over. I also always make sure I get anything that needs to get done the day before a visit or that it can wait until the next day {because it's not getting done while she's here!}.

lorene said...

I just love all the things you do! You are SO creative, and I have been by your booth and it it always so cleverly displayed. ( I live about 60 miles from Abilene). I enjoy your blog as well!

Jackie said...

hi, cyndi ! i love your "new" bookcase... it looks beautiful !

~ jackie
imathriftaholic.blgospot.com

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love that golden yellow color on this little shelf! so pretty.
We're retired...The Honey and Me, and we have our little 3 yr. old grand-daughter everyday. It is a juggle for sure. We take turns with her...she helps tend the chickens and garden with him, and she "helps" me with the dishes (she gets to wash the plastic) :)
We're in Texas!

I came here via Cozy Little House... Welcome to blogging, Pat

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

Cyndi, Your bookcase turned out super cute! The yellow is a refreshing change from the usual greys, blues and white that seem to be so popular now. Painting the inside white was the perfect touch! :-)

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

The white interior made that wooden top pop! Love it. I know you may get nothing done with your little guy around but isn't it just the best time ever?

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

Lovely redo♥ Adding the spicy color really gave this piece life...while painting the inside white kept it bright. Brilliant!

Barlow said...

Love how this turned out ... It has so much personality now!
Francine

Danielle said...

This is so sweet. I really like it!

Jill said...

I love how you left the top the dark wood! Beautiful!
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