Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Bookshelf Project

Our living room ceilings are so tall that I have had a really hard time making our living room feel homey.  We had a piece of furniture that we bought when we bought the house, and I loved it.  It had several drawers, and we used it to store our dvds. Over time, the kids have been rough on the drawers (mostly the bottom one that their movies were in) and 1 drawer kept breaking, so we decided to move that piece to the farm house, and replace it.

I left the wall blank for a few weeks, and decided that something had to go there. Without taking time to save money for the console table that I really wanted from Pottery Barn, I ordered a cheap horizontal bookshelf from Target. I probably should've ordered a dark one, but I ordered white, and when it came in it was WAY too white for my space.
My original plan was to just chalk paint it turquoise with no distressing, and clear wax.
It was so hot outside that I couldn't paint in the garage. Our little bitty entry hallway was occupied for a few days. :) The really cheap board nailed to the back of the bookshelf didn't paint good. It kept crackling like this, so I eventually took it off.
I decided to put a little dark wax on, and then I got really carried away with the distressing. :) But I think it turned out pretty good!
If you have never used chalk paint before... oh my word... you are missing out. It is SO easy, and Annie Sloan has the most fabulous colors. This is the color Provence. I had these 3 baskets from before, and they fit perfectly! I was SO excited! :)
Finished product for my blank wall!  I am NOT a chalkboard artist, but I love having different verses or quotes up and around the house.  I wanted a really huge chalkboard, but couldn't find one big enough.  I bought this $20 frame at Walmart, chalk painted it, and Ben did the black chalkboard paint for me.  We still need to tweak it, but it turned out great for the time-being.

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