Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Whimsical Makeover: The Detailed Bookshelf Edition

Ok...this makeover comes with a lesson. 

Lesson first:
At the November flea market, I saw a pair of beautiful corner bookshelves for $50. I had already purchased a few other items so I decided to wait a bit. Well, while I was waiting, I became obsessed with what I could turn them into. I envisioned colors and textures in many varieties. However, my own booth became busy and I couldn't make it back for a few hours. When I returned, they were gone. Never again!!!! (Ok, Christie, I know I have said that before but I mean it this time).

Now the Makeover:
I purchased this bookcase from one of my favorite "suppliers". It is identical to the ones I was dreaming of so I grabbed it right away. I wanted to try a new color combination so I went with Primer Red and Old Ochre. I completed the look with a healthy coat of Dark Wax. Here is the finished look:
I left some of the imperfections from the previous owners staining explosion knowing that I wanted the dark wax to get into the cracks and crevasses.

I love the completed project. I am always amazed at what happens when the wax goes on. It is a completely different look.

 In other news, Linda at it all started with paint challenged me to join her  Mission Impossibilities Party at the end of January. I gladly accepted the challenge. I will be tackling my new work room. I LOVED the work space my husband built me at my old house. The new house work space has not been touched my the magic Ron dust yet. I am going to attempt my main work room on my own! I will keep you updated on my progress. 






23 comments:

  1. Very cute new piece. Really like the color(s) too. Nice job.

    Via: More the Merrier Monday, at DIYHSH,
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois
    Thanks for sharing :D

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  2. This is beautiful. I love the colore combination.

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  3. Beautiful! I love the two-toned look on this! It would be great if you share this at our link party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-link-party-week-22.html

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  4. I love the book shelf! You are so talented;)
    I can't wait to see your house it looks very charming.
    Sherrie

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  5. Excellent Laura! So glad you've taken on the challenge and cannot wait to see that work room ...

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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  6. Wow - a lone project - you go girl! So glad that you are joining our challenge and can't wait to see the results! Of course I am now following along too!
    Kelly

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  7. I can't wait to see your organized craft room and solo! You rock! Thanks for joining us in the challenge!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  8. Wow...color me IMPRESSED!!!!! so thrilled that you took the challenge and those book shelves are AWESOME!!!! it is pretty amazing what happens when the wax goes on! can't wait to see the finished work room! hugs...your newest follower!

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  9. that is such a cool and unique piece! the shape is amazing and i love the colors!

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  10. Very pretty, I love the columned sides!

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  11. Your shelf turned out beautifully. It is a very unique piece and with that scrumptious color on it it is really pretty and unique. I have joined "Imagine the Impossibilities", too!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  12. It beautiful! You did the right colors because the details are highlighted now! Well done! I have a party on Fridays and I would love if you linked up!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/01/latest-and-greatest-friday-14.html

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  13. Beautiful, I love the look. I'd like to know more about the wax. Warmly, Linda

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  14. Your bookshelf turned out beautiful, love the columns...I also committed myself to the Impossible Challenge...Good Luck on yours. I'm your newest follower, please drop by when you have a chance.

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  15. Great color choices on this...what a difference. And that happens to me all the time, I wait, contemplate, go back and it's gone.

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  16. Wow! I have never seen a bookcase like this before! It's so cool! I love the finish you gave it...really features those awesome collumns! Great work! I'll be following and can't wait to see more of your projects! I just started using ASCP myself, and am loving it!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  17. Now that is not your plain old bookcase! That is a beautiful piece and you did a great job redoing it.
    http://pam-lifethroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/

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  18. What a fun curvy detailed bookcase-so unique!If you get a chance come over and link up at my party- It is going on all weekend till Monday night!


    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-schooled-saturday-6.html

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  19. Did you sand at all? It looks so shiny in the before how did you get the paint to stick? When you say Primer red....do u really mean just primer like Kilz tinted red? Or is it a paint color? Could you tell me what products you used as I am new to this method and would like to try it on a few pieces I have. My email is slicher@centurytel.net Thanks so much as I love the results and yes...if I EVER see bookcases like that I will snap them up! They are great! I'll be on the lookout for those! I love "corner" furniture! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I really like the color combo, and this is such a neat piece.

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  21. Hi Laura I'm featuring your bookshelf tonight at Project Queen! Thanks so much for linking up.
    I love the colors you used. I learned a hard lesson like you...just grab things that you love when you first see them :-).

    Mandy

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  22. Congrats on your feature. I'm glad you were able to find another bookshelf just like the one you "lost"! It looks great.

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  23. Finally I see a Piece done in Primer Red. I was thinking about getting some--I like it:) Thanks for sharing.

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