Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fabulous Aged Bookshelf

I have never seen a piece like this. Shayne found this on Craigs List and dropped it off at my house. It is heavy as a beast.

Before:
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I primed this with Kilz gray primer and then did 7 layers of white wash...I think it was 7...I lost count. But white washing is fun, so I didn't mind. I then used Fiddes wax in stripped pine over the whole thing...working in small sections at a time. Several bloggers have told me that dark wax is more difficult to use and they don't like how it looks splotchy. I used to have that problem too, until Shayne told me a secret. After waxing the entire piece, use extra fine steel wool to blend the wax. It is seriously like magic!!

After:

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See how nicely the wax blends and makes the piece look aged?
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And one more...without accessories

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Enjoy your long weekend!!

~Allison




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36 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Looks fabulous. I love it. It really is such a unique piece, really cool. Hugs, Marty

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful! i love the scalloping at the bottom!

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

very nice!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

great transformation, good job. So many people would have just thrown out a piece of furniture because it was outdated. Love the idea of recycle, repurpose a piece and make it new again.

Brandi said...

Oh wow, I love it! I have never seen a piece like this either. You always do such great work.

Heather @ The JUNKtion said...

Love it! It turned out so perfectly aged!

twelve-O-eight said...

Wow, this is an awesome before and after! Love the color and style, really pretty.

Tanya :)

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

LOVE IT! It turned out fabulous! the color looks perfect on this piece,
lauren

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a cool piece! And you gave it a beautiful finish Allison! I'm definitely going to try the steel wool trick!

Pearlie said...

Found you from DIY Project Parade. The transformation looks lovely! :)

Tammy @ Type A said...

love it!

Jenn said...

Great color choice - it looks so good!

Jos @ Organized Chaos said...

On a scale of 1-10, I love this a 58.2! Seriously looks amazing!

Megan @ Apple House Revival said...

Oh, I'm so glad you visited my blog. I just love this piece! It's so unique and you did a great job. I can't wait to check out your other pieces!

srpprcrftr said...

Ooohhh, that is yummy. love the color you used. I really prefer pieces that aren't like everybody elses and that one is a keeper. You could even, at some point, put it on top of another piece as deep as the bottom of it. Good thing I don't live by you or I'd be tempted to try to talk you out of it. You did a great job with the transformation. good eye.

County Line Road said...

Perfect color!

Amy said...

Oh my gosh! This looks beautiful! Great colors too. I still have to get better at waxing furniture. I am a new follower, would love for you to stop by my blog. I am hosting a great giveaway of a digital scrapbooking software. http://californiahomedreaming.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-memories-suite-giveaway.html

Peggy Jean said...

Wow I love this! You made it look so feminine and pretty with the paint. Great job!

-peggy

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

HUGE difference! Great makeover!

Kristine @ Lovely Again by Kris said...

Amazballs!!! Great makeover and what an awesome piece!

Stacey said...

Allison -
This piece looks great! Love the aged look and your staging is perfect!
Would love if you stopped over to link it up to my party!
Stacey of Embracing Change

the poor sophisticate said...

This is gorgeous! I am so glad I found you through Elizabeth and co!Glad to be your newest follower!
-Molly
thepoorsophisticate.blogspot.com

time worn interiors said...

Love it!
tot

Alicia said...

Love it! This turned out great!

Sanditerese said...

Love (love love) the way it turned out!

Toodie said...

What a fabulous piece! I love how you transformed it. Beautiful!

Desiree Guy @ Camelot Art Creations said...

This piece is just Gorgeous! I love the color, finish, and style of this one. LOVE!

Katie Olthoff said...

That is beautiful! Would be great for toys! Or maybe in an office?

Michele said...

You did a wonderful job on the piece. It's hard to recognize now, it looks so much better.

Stacey said...

I adore this piece and what you did - what a spectacular paint job!
Thanks for linking up Allison!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Danielle said...

Love how this came out. Fantastic. White washing is so much fun!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

You did a beautiful job love the color

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Stunning! Gorgeous color.

Jocie Hagan said...

What a neat idea using gray primer and then white washing! i don't think i would have ever thought of that, but i love it!!!

We are running a Before and After Link party to support Habitat for Humanity, with a chance to be featured on other big blogs and win gift cards. Would love if you entered! http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/2012-before-after-series/

House Crazy in Michigan! said...

That before and after is just incredible. Here is the PERFECT example of NOT "focusing" too much on what the piece looks like before. Just go for it.

You've taught me a valuable lesson, thank you!

Small House / Big Sky Donna
http://smallhouseunderabigsky,wordpress.com

Kathy said...

WOW! This is fabulous!