Friday, October 28, 2011

Little Pink and Green Bookshelf

Liz from The Brambleberry Cottage made my day by featuring this project (as well as several other AMAZING ideas) as part of:
If you haven't linked to her party on Thursday before, I highly recommend stopping by and checking it out.

My mom found this little bookshelf at a thrift store for $4...or at least we thought it was a little bookshelf until I started sanding it and I found 4 hooks on the bottom.  (Please excuse the mess and the Bud Lite once huge garage seems to be shrinking daily.)

I realized that it was originally a wall shelf, but I stuck with my original impression, and I cut off the board holding the hooks.
I probably wouldn't have chosen this on my own, but my mom really liked it and it was $4...I thought I could find something to do with it.  Before priming, I hacked up distressed the edges and shelves, as it looked too "new" for the look I had in mind.  Then, while waiting for the Emerson Chest to dry, I mixed some colors together and came up with a pinkish mauve and slapped it on.  I was working on several projects at once, so I don't have any pictures of the process.

After looking at some furniture inspiration, I decided I would go for turquoise, but while I was mixing it, I ran out of blue ended up with an artichoke green color.  I wanted the pink to show through, so I took an unscented white candle and rubbed it over the edges and shelves before painting with green.

After I distressed it, was a little too bright for me, so I rubbed some dark stain over it and then a wash of black and red watered-down craft paint, concentrating it in the corners and scratches for an older look.

I had planned on giving it another couple coats of the wash to tone it down further, but decided I liked the color. 

 Not sure if it will ever sell, since it's a little different, but it was $4. Most of the stuff I've done so far is pretty neutral, so maybe this will add a little pop of color.  I'm supposed to set up my first booth in the next week, so we'll see how it goes!

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Gail said...

What a great find for $4 and you did an amazing transformation. I love the green! Have a wonderful weekend.

Myfriendscallmesuzy said...

I love it! I'm all about color and could totally see this in my home. I bet it sales 1st. :)

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

now this is awesome... and for 4 bucks???!! nuts!! you'd better keep listening to that mom of yours!!

and...while i'm ordering you around, you need to get into your blogger acct and activate your email so i can reply to you after you leave me your SWEET comments!!

happy day!

Christine said...

Super cute! You did a great job.

Christine @ Projects Around the House

Betsy said...

Great job and what a bargain! I'm sure it will look great in your booth.

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Awesome Deal! Love your cute shelf!

Robin said...

Great find. I love the detail on the shelf and the color you used is so pretty.

carol ann said...

The shelf turned out great and I really like the color! I found you from Time Travelers Thursday, I'm a new follower too:)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I don't think you'll have any trouble selling this piece, Erin. It turned out terrific!

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Come by tonight, and see yourself featured. ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Ivy and Elephants said...

Awesome find and fabulous redo. Great job! Love it!


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