I shared the ‘before’ of the barrister bookcase that I found at the thrift store in Wednesday’s post.
I’ve always loved these bookcases with the glass fronts that drop down, so I snatched this right up.
I couldn’t remember off the top of my head what these were called, so I did a little googling and that landed me on the Wayfair site where these little babies go for over $700 for the two section version like this one! I definitely did not pay that much at the Goodwill. The finish on this one was quite beat up, but otherwise it is in good working order. Nothing that some paint and a little imagination couldn’t cure.
After my usual prep, I painted the outside in Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy and the inside in their French Linen. Once dry, I sanded lightly to smooth out the finish and distress the edges and then I added a couple of coats of their flat clear coat.
Then came the really fun part. I added some sections from re.design with prima’s gold Flower Collector transfer to the glass doors.
FYI, here is the full transfer …
I tweaked it a bit to fit on my piece. I removed some curlicues, and I tightened up the space between a few of the lines of text.
I also didn’t use any of the bottom 3rd of the transfer, so I’ll have that on hand for a future project.
I really struggle to capture the color of the Sawmill Gravy. Dixie Belle calls it a ‘smooth beige’ on their website. I’ve never really thought of it as a beige, it has the slightest hint of a grey undertone as well, a really warm gray. Or maybe I just think that because I always pair it up with the French Linen. Either way, I hope my photos do it justice.
I think the gold of the lettering plays really well with the warmth of the Sawmill Gravy. I kept the original brass knobs for that reason as well.
Wouldn’t this piece be perfect for a little reading nook? I can also see it being used under a window with plants on top. I think it would work well next to a sofa too, it’s just the right height to function as a side table. Another idea would be to put it on top of a dresser to function sort of like a hutch. So many possibilities with this one!
This piece is for sale locally, so be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details if interested.
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint and topcoat used for this makeover.