Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Bookcase: From Drab to Darling!

I'm working from a new computer. Hard drive crashed on the old one, so now we are a two-computer household again. Dell laptops; we'll see how they perform.

Anyway, I worked on a project several weeks ago, but I couldn't download the photos until recently. This old bookcase has been around a long time. It wasn't really mistreated; it just looked--you know--dull! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) to the rescue!

I didn't do anything to the bookcase except wipe it down to get rid of the dust and spider webs and such, and I did a once-over light sanding. I painted on a layer of Old White and a layer of Duck Egg Blue on the outside surfaces only. I sanded through to the white and brown layers in a couple of places, but I really like it like it is. I didn't even use the wax. I may go back and add that at some point, but I was anxious to put it in use Our master bedroom is neutral with lots of white and a few turquoise touches, so this piece looks great. Don't you think?

Here's the before:

And the after:

And a little detail:

There is no shortage of projects around here. I still have three great chairs to update!


WhyCuzICan said...

Your bookcase is definitely Darling now!

Visiting from MMS Linky Party tonight,
`Suzanne in NW Illinois

jen duncan said...

Wonderful! I recently discovered ASCP myself. Looking at EVERYTHING with a new eye now ;-)