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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bookshelf Redo

Hi blog friends! As you know, my sister and I were hard at work this past week while my husband and kids were out of town. We completed A LOT of projects, including (but not limited to) a total room makeover, painting furniture, making crazy pants, sewing projects, cleaning out the car (I figured I'd take advantage since both car seats were out), changing the dryer door, hanging curtains, embroidery projects, catching up on the Twilight Saga.

Here is one of the many projects that I completed. Remember this dark bookshelf I bought at a garage sale for only $10?

I primed it...

And painted it...

Now don't be alarmed by the bright, orange color. Ok, you can be a little alarmed...I was when I finished painting it. I have never been a big fan of orange and I have NEVER voluntarily painted ANYTHING orange before. But for some reason, I decided that this bookshelf needed COLOR!

The table next to our small, living room couch used to look like this...

But now it looks like this...

After painting 2 coats of orange, I glazed it using a walnut color stain which I applied with a foam brush and then wiped off with a rag. The glaze served 2 purposes: 1) it adds some nice texture and dimension to the bookshelf and 2) it tones down the orange. Here's a closer look...

One last Before of the whole wall...

And After...

I love the punch of color this little, orange bookshelf brings to this area. But now the problem is...I want to paint the end table (which I just repainted a couple of months ago) on the other end of the couch!

Hmmmm....I'm thinking a bright blue! Stay tuned for this makeover, coming soon!

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  1. Ha! Color is always welcome. What a great transformation. I love to be organized! Great job.

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  2. Wonderful! It really lightens up the area. I will be watching for the end table makeover.

    Have a great weekend! La

  3. Toning down the orange was just the thing!!

  4. How fun! Love the orange!!! It looks really great! Are those chalkboard circles on your wall??? Love those!!!
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  5. I love it! I'm a big chicken when it comes to bright colors on furniture, but this makes me think about what I could paint orange...

  6. oooh i love the orange on it! so fun! a nice cobalt blue would be fun on the table? hmmmm... i like the green that is on it now, but you could do anything really and it would change the mood.

  7. Wow! It is amazing what you can get done when you are not feeding a family all week... I love the bookshelf color...can't wait to see what you decide! Lezlee

  8. Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Love the pop of color the orange adds to the room. Can't wait to see what you paint the end table!

  10. love the orange, as that is J's fav color. It gives a shock value to any setting. Makes me want to go eat a big juicy mango.


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