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
and in that order
Before and after photo.
Hope you're having a blessed and wonderful Christmas season. Remember to savor every moment!