A couple of weeks ago my BFF’s sister texted me to say that she pulled a piece of furniture off the curb in her neighborhood for me (thanks again for thinking of me Laura!). I’m always a little nervous about ‘free’ stuff, because it usually tends to need a lot of work. There is often a very good reason why the current owner has kicked it to the curb.
But she then sent me a blurry phone photo and I was intrigued. I do love a good MCM piece, and this one looked interesting.
Once I got a closer look at it, I could see that originally there would have been sliding doors on that bottom section, as well as a shelf in the top section. I’m not really sure what the original function of this piece would have been, other than just a book shelf with storage on the bottom. It does not have a pull out desk top, so you have to rule out desk. The top part is not deep enough for a phonograph, so you have to rule out record player stand. Although the bottom section is sized right for album storage. Any other guesses?
Well, whatever it was, it now is a bookshelf. I asked Ken to cut a new shelf for it, which was child’s play for him! He also had to re-attach one of the legs. No problemo!
This piece is painted in a color called Greyson from Little Billy Goat.
Unfortunately, this piece had some pretty significant water stains on the inside. You can see them in the ‘before’ photo. I painted over them with two coats of Greyson, but those stains were going to just keep bleeding through. I could have sealed them with some shellac or Tough Coat Sealer, but in the middle of the night a brilliant idea came to me. Paint the back in Fusion’s new metallic, Brushed Steel. Eureka!
It’s a little hard to capture in photos, but I think the Brushed Steel looks amazing at the back of the cupboard. It works beautifully with the Greyson. And by the way, I finished the Greyson with my custom mixed dark wax which darkened up the color considerably.
Since I was loving the Brushed Steel so much, I decided to ‘dip’ the feet in it too!
Oh boy, now you can see just how dirty the floor in the photo cottage is! Please ignore that!
At first I wasn’t at all sure how I was going to stage this one, but then I pulled out some of my vintage cameras …
and some vintage suitcases …
and they added the perfect touch!
I have to admit, I’m kind of wishing I had a spot for this bookcase myself. I need a bigger house.
But, I’m not getting a bigger house, so I have to let this one go. If you are interested, leave me a comment!