Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Coastal Inspired Bookshelves



My mom had a 3 piece wood bookcase, it was nice but it was too dark and had a fake reddish cherry wood tone, which I didn’t like at all.  Oh how I love to change a piece of furniture with paint.

After 

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First to make it easier I removed the backing, which turned out easier than I thought and it made painting so much easier because I could reach to other side as well as paint the back a lovely shade of grey.
It reattached just as easily as it was removed.
I distressed all of the white paint including the shelves, then applied furniture paste wax for protection.

Before

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She really didn’t have any coastal inspired décor, so it was fun finding stuff at estate sales and scouring thorough beachy type stores at the beach. I also ended up making or re-purposing some of the décor.
I love how her room is turning out.
On a future post I will share a really cool oyster chandelier I made for her dining room.
Now onto some of the décor items.


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I found the vintage shell painting at a garage sale for $2.00, It was nice but a little bright so I antiqued it with a thinned down brown paint to age it even more.
I glued the sea  fan to a vintage candle holder that I painted a bluish grey. We also found a ton of great drift wood pieces at the beach last week.


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I love this birdcage that I also found at a garage sale, and for only $15.00.


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This weathered looking sign I made out of a piece of scrap plywood.


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Two of my fish prints framed in vintage oak frames.



I think the new bookshelves look great in her living room.

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12 comments:

  1. I love this!! Very easy to find bookcase like this on Craig... you made yours FAB

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  2. Absolutely perfect! I love your bookshelves and your vignettes are lovely, beautifully done!
    Have a sweet day,
    Elizabeth

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  3. Beautiful! It's amazing what a coat of paint can do. From blah to ahhhhh. ;-)

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  4. Pretty. I like how you painted the shelves and added a little bit of distressing. You mentioned a fake cherry reddish wood tone... is this laminate and please, could you tell me what type of paint you used?

    they look great. Pat

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  5. This is so beautiful! What a huge difference paint made and I love all the little beach-inspired items you've filled it with! So pretty and I adore the beach, so this almost makes me feel like I'm there! Great job! I bet your mom loves it! Hugs, Leena

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  6. These turned out wonderful! I really like the gray backs mixed with the white and all your beach decor looks fabulous!

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  7. Oh- it looks so nice. I really like what you have done there- lots of work but so worth it- xo Diana

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  8. The bookshelves look wonderful and I too love that birdcage!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  9. I really like the shell painting this summer i have looked for shells everywhere and have a nice large assortment now the picture would have fit right in

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  10. Wow... fabulous job! Love the the shelf back colour too. :)

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  11. I have that same exact bird cage. My best friend's mom gave it to me. It was originally a gift from her husband so she wanted to make sure that ti got good use and stayed "in the family." I love seeing vintage pieces I own in other people's homes!!

    Just found your blog through House of Turquoise and I love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Nice job on the bookshelves. I too found you via House of Turquoise.

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