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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Yellow Bookcase

A couple of weeks ago I bought a fabulous vintage bookcase from one of my favorite furniture stores. I was looking for a piece to take up space, but also add a little life to the room. I quickly fell in love with this gorgeous, warm yellow bookcase in the corner of the store.

Once I got the bookcase home and in its place, I immediately knew it wasn't going to work. My house has lots comfy neutrals and clean whites and this bookcase was too yellow {it was almost glowing at me}. As beautiful as it was, I had to start thinking about how I could refinish it ...

With the "blizzard" that came through the South this week, I ran out of excuses to put this project off. Now that its done, I'm loving the makeover...

{isn't it pretty?? I'm still sad about covering the yellow}




I painted over the existing yellow with two thin coats of white paint. I wanted to keep the "used" feel of the bookcase and leave the brush strokes and old paint to show through. By sliding a brown ink pad around the corners and edges, I could also give it that same aged look that it had before.




And then I filled the shelves with some wonderful knick knacks.




I'm definitely relieved that it turned out well. The more expensive a piece is to replace, the more nervous I get when I'm trying to do a fix up. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief and just enjoy!

Have you done any furniture makeovers lately? Let's hear about them! I'm dying to attempt some reupholstering, who wants to teach me??




2 comments:

  1. Love your redo! It's beautiful! I've recently acquired a little old bookcase that I can't wait to redo:)

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  2. What a wonderful transformation!! :)

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