Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bookshelf Makeover

 Once upon a time, there was a lonely bookshelf thingy.

It had a former life in Ryder's nursery/office back in the day. 

But then our office moved downstairs and the wee shelf was without a job, and thus sat purposeless for several years. I even thought about selling it at yard sale we had a couple years back, but I didn't want to sell it for like $3 (the going rate for a shelf in Lancaster County, no doubt). So it sat. But I always had big plans for it. Plans that included adding strips of wood in front of each shelf kinda like this one. And I knew I wanted to paint it, since the white reminded me of something that'd be in a girly room, and you know there are no such rooms in this house. So...just like the barnwood-topped table, this was a project whose completion that was always "out there." Once I determined to get it done (thanks to a photoshoot), it literally took about an hour to finish 'er up. If I were a list-maker, this puppy would have a huge slash through it right now. 

After sanding them, Mitch nailed wood strips with the nail gun right into the front sides of the bookshelf. We had randomly picked up some "scrap wood" from a cabinet shop near us. They usually have a bin in their parking lot with free pieces, and these strip things were there one day. Of course at the time we had no idea what we were going to use them for, but picked them up just the same. It's always good to have a little stash of random wood pieces lying around. That's our philosophy anyway. As you can see from the above picture, I had started painting the bookcase a tan-brown color and it looked pretty poopy (literally) so I turned to my favorite color these days, Benjamin Moore Dragon's Breath. This is how it turned out. 

Its new home is on Finn's wall.

So for no money and using stuff we had on hand, this little shelf underwent quite the mini makeover. High five for free updates! That's one less project on our to-do list. Shoot, at this rate maybe sometime this year we can finish up the boys' bathroom. Don't hold your breath though. I think that project might take a little longer than an hour to complete. ;)

Check out another bookshelf we made over.



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