You know that little something in you that sees a junky piece of furniture and it whispers to you “grab that, it looks rough now, but we could make it into something great”?
Yeah well Topher doesn’t have that.
In fact, Topher has a little part of him that says “that is a piece of crap. Run far away from that and do not let your wife have that. It is crap and it will always be crap”.
That is why when Topher and I go on an ice cream run I sometimes forget to tell him when are running to pick up a Craigslist find first. That’s how this mammoth bookshelf down below came about. Let’s just say that Topher was less than thrilled to pick this sucker up — and not just because it weighs a ton. (Please don’t mind that it’s upside down in the photo — that’s a long story.)
First of all let me just tell you that it sat in my garage for almost a year — which was the #2 thing Topher was not happy about. It was going into my office / craft room, once it was cleared out and made over.
Since I tend to have a time management problem, nine months was about how long it took me to get around to it.
Now that the office was totally cleared out, it was time to tackle this. I started by cleaning off the 8 lbs of filth and weird sticky residue and removing the hardware.
I then used 2-3 coats of Plaster Paint in Native Stone on the entire piece. Normally, on most pieces I would then distress it, but I wanted a more modern look to this one.
I coated the whole unit in clear wax and spray painted the hardware with a metallic gold.
So what do you think? A little better than before?
Am I the only terrible wife that drags things home that her hubby isn’t excited about? What have you brought home?
Heather J says
YAY! I love this piece:) You had a vision and you killed it!!! Love it:) Perfect hardware choice too!!!! You go girl! And something tells me Topher knows you are a miracle worker! You are the paint whisperer;)
Have a great day!
Lol! I love the paint whisperer comment Heather!
I love it! That color just pops and is gorgeous! I have a corner cubby that I would love to make over – you’ve given me inspiration…
Thanks Michelle! Glad I could help!
Marcia Banach says
Holy crap (as it were).I love it when ugly chunky furniture becomes beautiful!! Nice job.
Lol! Thanks Marcia!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
OH it was ugly!! Now it is a beauty! Love the fun color and how you paired the pink with it!
I usually pass over the really heavy items these days!! 😉
Wow, that color is so pretty! I had a bookcase very similar to that in my bedroom when I was growing up. :o]
That’s awesome! I think Topher and my hubby would be friends! I just put an ad up at work looking for a console TV to make your doggie bed and when someone responded that they had one, my first thought was, “Jeff is going to kill me”. Maybe I should organize the basement before I bring it home 😉 Love, love, love all of your posts!
Thanks Cathy! Yes that dear man of mine puts up with a lot! Definitely send me a photo of your finished dog bed, I would love to see it!
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says
The big, bold color totally transforms that piece! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for the feature Sharon!
I’m crazy about this color! Green/pink contrast is awesome.
Every decor piece I bring home makes hubby gag 😉
The Gifted Gabber says
Nailed it! Love, love, love the paint color and the color combo! —- Amy @ http://www.thegiftedgabber.com/
It looks beautiful! Love the colours!
WOW! This doesn’t even look like the same old dresser after its makeover! I redid an old table a seafoam green color and used a vinegar and tea stain to age the wood (which works amazingly).
Do you have any helpful tips on getting lacquer off of the original wood stain? I remember that being the WORST part of the project, which involved a ton of scraping, scrubbing, and general questioning of my sanity for even trying the project.
~ Sammi of The Feather Box Blog
Gorgeous! Did you you matte or super gloss liquid wax?
This color is amazing. Then, adding the bright pink just made it that much better.