Sunday, December 15, 2013

JOY in my Painted Bookshelves

These twin shelves belonged to my mother-in-law.  I longed admired them for several decades.  She brought them down with her when she moved into her apt. and then a year or so later, brought them when she moved in with us.  We first put them on both sides of our fireplace and there they stayed for a couple of years full of a multitude of photo albums.

This is the paint and color I chose.  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White.

No stripping.  No sanding.  That's why ASCP is so popular!

Here they are after the first coat.  Another fun thing about ASCP, is it dries in minutes!!  Seriously!

First time I've used the whole can of ASCP on a project.  I'm convinced it's because I used white on a dark color.  I was able to paint three coats.

No more paint to paint underneath the shelves but I wasn't planning to.  Hubby said I should have.  What do you think?

This was the following day.  Grand-daughter was inspecting and she agrees with Gpa.

and here she is lecturing me about needing to paint underneath the shelves, not a good view from where she stands! ;)  "I ran out of paint boss, what was I to do?"

So anyway, after she left with her mommy, I decided to wax the bookshelves with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.  Just dip the brush into the wax, don't need to grab a lot.

 In a circular motion, brush on the wax.  Here I covered about 12 x 18".

With a clean cotton rag, rub in the wax.  I bought a pkg. of XXL 100% white cotton t-shirts, they come in very handy for this procedure.

and they're done!  I can't wait to put them back in their original spots in the living room.

I made a JOY banner with vintage sheet music I downloaded off the internet.  I got the idea from Ella Claire.  Check out the rest of her banners by clicking here.  Instead of putting Gma's photo albums back on the shelves, I placed  wrapped pkgs. pine cones, and any other rustic items I could find as well as our Nativity set.  I was only able to put one bookshelf back in it's place.  I'll put the other one back later on this week.

A close-up of a pkg. and homemade tag.

Do you know the acrostic for the word JOY?
J = Jesus
O = Others
Y= You

and in that order

 Before and after photo.

Hope you're having a blessed and wonderful Christmas season.  Remember to savor every moment!

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  1. She's a doll:-)
    And the
    My husband would paint under..I might be tempted to paint the ones an adult could see..
    How cute all dolled up:-)

    1. Merci Monique! :) Painting under the shelves? Must be a guy thing since Hubby thought I should do it too.

  2. Your bookcases are fabulous! I just love Annie Sloan's paint! You did a great job on these. I love your Christmas banner too; it's a perfect addition to your updated bookcases!

    1. Thank you Betsy for all your kind words!

  3. Your book shelves look great! I was planning on getting rid of the hutch in my sunroom but after painting it a gray, it changed the whole look of the piece and I'm now in love with it! What a difference gray can make!

    1. Tammy it's true, a coat of paint makes a big difference! Thank you for your comment :)

  4. Your newly painted bookshelves have taken on a new life, after all the TLC you gave them, and they look absolutely beautiful!! What a gorgeous colour and you decorated them so festively!

    Merry Christmas, to you and your family!


    1. Thank you Poppy. I'm still amazed at the transformation. Thank you for your kind comments. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! -Bev


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