Thursday, August 18, 2016

White Bookshelf

Hello! Long time, no post for me. 2016 has been one of my toughest years thus far. My grandma passed away in March and it has been one of the hardest obstacles in my life thus far. We have always been very close and it was very hard for me to watch her deteriorate in the last few months of her life. I try to keep telling myself that she is in a better place, no longer in pain and cherish all of the memories we had together, but I still incredibly miss her. Life is just not the same! So I lost a lot of interest in a lot of the things that used to bring me so much happiness, like painting furniture. I have still been picking and buying piece selectively though in hopes that I would get it back eventually. 

Summer in Wisconsin is such a beautiful time of the year. I have been outside so much with my new hobby of golf and just enjoying the summer, while slowly working on this piece above. I came across this piece at a local thrift shop and had a 50% off coupon and got it for $7.50! What a deal. Here is the exciting parking lot picture before I load her up in my car.

I bought this piece back on January 28, per my trusty iPhone. And she has sat dormant in my bedroom with me every night up until the last week. I have been very fortunate to meet another fellow Pewaukee-an (is that such a thing?) who runs a barn where she rents out booths to vendors. She also refinishes furniture and occasionally asks me if I have any finished pieces when she runs low on pieces for her booth. This has been so great for the both of us. The Milwaukee market isn't that great for selling refinished furniture. A lot of people try to talk you down in price and pieces just don't sell well compared to other  bigger cities. So this piece went to her booth and I will have a few other pieces going there soon as well. It's a great business relationship for me because I know she will always take my pieces and I don't have to worry about selling them.

With all the spindles on the piece, I used my HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer. By far, still the best investment I have made for painting, besides the furniture. I used Sherwin Williams satin paint that I found at a local ReStore in Casa Blanca for a great price. To protect it when done, I used General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in satin. To apply it, I also use the sprayer as well. I love how it turned out! I need a bigger house to keep all these items.

What do you all think? 

Hoping I am back into furniture mode and I should have a few more posts coming up in the next few weeks. 

Thanks so much for reading, happy Thursday!


  1. I am jealous! This is EXACTLY what I have been searching for, to use as my bedside table. Where I can have a middle shelf to put my vintage tray with teapot, etc and a shelf for a few books / mags (bottom) and the top for my lamp, an alarm clock and my vintage glove box (where I keep my bookmarks and reading glasses). I have looked and looked and looked in my local thrifts for THREE years and found.... nothing. And I want to paint it just like you did, soft white (though I am thinking maybe off white chalk paint and wax). I want so much to find a piece (or vintage bookcase, which has also alluded me in my neck of the woods) to use as my bedside table!!! So yep... I am JEALOUS of how great it looks and what a great price you paid!!!!

    1. Ah I know exactly what you mean, it took me a long time to come across something like this! But I also just came across these two awesome little bookcases that I plan on using my for own nightstands. I will hopefully be getting to them soon and will do a post on them. I think you will love them as well!

  2. This is an awesome piece. It is a great size and has great bones. And you chose a fab color. Great job! Thanks for linking to Friday's Furniture Fix. We love having you share with us. Susie at The Chelsea Project