Monday, April 01, 2013

Refinished Bookcase...


My mother was raised by a single, working mother. My grandfather passed away when my mother was very young, and as a result my grandmother raised my mother alone during the Great Depression. My grandmother bought this set of encyclopedias and bookcase for my mother when she was just a child. It was a luxury that I'm sure my grandmother couldn't afford easily, but I love that she sacrificed her hard earned money for these beautiful books. I adore this family heirloom and am grateful the bookcase was passed down to me years ago.


Because the bookcase is 80 years old, the finish had seen better days, so I decided to repaint it to give it a new life. For all you furniture refinishing purists it will be easy for me in the future to strip the paint and go back to a stain if I should choose, but I wanted to give it some color. As you can see in the picture it's going to reside under the "Deer Silhouette Wall Art" that I showed you last week.

I started by exfoliating it a bit with my orbital sander. Just a light roughing up to take off the finish and get down to the wood...


I chose a dark turquoise color for the bookcase to compliment the the damask pattern in the wall art...


Here's what I came up with...


I used Behr paint in "Grand Rapids"...


After applying the paint, I glazed it to call attention to the details and "age" it a bit. Glazing is such an imperfect science, but I do love the end result.


Here is it with the books restored to it and perched underneath the wall art...


I love how these bright pieces play off the stripe on the wall.

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5 comments:

Sue said...

I adore that color. It really pops out the books too.

amy mayen said...

Definitely cool-& a nice heirloom!

Gail Wilson said...

oh Suzanne--I love the color and it is absolutely beautiful with the books back in it. So happy that you have that.
I imagine it was quite a purchase back in the day, which makes it all the more special.

gail

Nancy said...

So great! Love the color. I imagine Grandmother R is smiling. Love, N

Jenni said...

The color makes the books stand out more, making them much more visually interesting! I love it! Turquoise is my favorite right now!