A while back my sister and I were out and about in downtown North St. Paul, which is basically right down the street from me. There are a couple of antique shops along the main street, as well as a couple of thrift shops so we were just meandering around doing a little window shopping. We were walking into the larger antique mall when I noticed this bookcase in the window.
It was missing its shelves entirely, and one of the drawer pulls was broken. Overall, it was just in pretty shabby shape, and not shabby in a good way.
But the price was right and I could see it had tons of potential. So I bought it, and Debbie and I loaded it into the back seat of my VW bug. Luckily it was a beautiful day and we were able to have the top down. Plus, we only had to drive a few blocks with it.
Later I purchased a couple of inexpensive pine boards and Ken trimmed them down to create new shelves for it. And then it was just a matter of adding some paint and some new knobs.
The lovely people at Fusion recently sent me a few more of their paint colors to try (plus a couple of favorites). So I pulled out two colors from their Tones for Tots line for the bookcase, Little Lamb and Little Piggy.
I added two coats of Little Lamb to the outside of the bookcase, and two coats of Little Piggy to the shelves and inside of the bookcase. Once dry I used some 220 grit sandpaper to distress the edges of the Little Lamb.
I know not everyone is a fan of distressed edges, but I think it serves to highlight the details like those pretty corners. This bookcase was a little bland until I added the distressing.
Although my color choices make this bookcase perfect for a nursery, I didn’t really have any cute baby things to use while staging it for photos. So I just went with some random items in the right colors.
And of course, you wouldn’t have to use this in a nursery. It could be used anywhere that you happen to need a pink and grey bookcase.
I really struggled to capture the color of this piece. I feel like the Little Lamb looks too blue, or too lavender in most of my photos. Although in person it does have almost a periwinkle undertone to the grey.
This is just one of those colors where you really have to see it in person.
But truly, isn’t the difference between the ‘before’ and ‘after’ like night and day?
What a difference a little paint can make.
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