I’m going to tell you the saga of the painted bookcase.
Several years ago I bought a very simple glass front bookcase at an auction. For most of the time I’ve had it, it’s served as a nice entry piece–nothing special–just a basic, utilitarian bookcase. Last spring or maybe the spring before–I’ve lost track–I got a wild notion that I needed to paint it a light green. I was really tired of all the dark colors (cherry wood, black, and red accents) in our house so I lightened all the walls (downstairs), switched a few accent pieces out, and painted some big pieces of furniture, including the bookcase.
Here it is in it’s original glory.
I tried three different green paint colors before I settled on this really weird, springy green that is unlike anything else in our home. It didn’t really matter since it wasn’t near anything else in the house. I thought it was light and cute (or something). It made no sense and it never really spoke to . . . anyone. I felt a little confused every time I looked at it. It couldn’t last.
Did I want to try a different green? Definitely not. Paint it black? I’ve painted a lot of furniture black. Creamy, antique white? No, I have lots of creamy, antique white cupboards in this house. Eventually I came across a picture in a magazine of a similar bookcase painted the perfect red. I love red and despite how I tried to eliminate the red and black, red was the color for this bookcase!
When it went from the original wood to green, it needed two coats of primer.
After painting it green a couple times, the doors didn’t shut very well from the additional layers of paint. I needed to sand the edges of the doors and the door frames before it could be painted red so the doors would not stick. All the previous colors gave me pause. What had I been thinking?!
I used some Floetrol to eliminate brush marks which also allowed me to put several layers on to deepen the red. Then I lined the shelves with paper. Pretty, don’t you think?
The red worked with knobs I purchased for the green cabinet. Again, I’m not sure what I was thinking at that time.
The hinges originally had red on them, so that was a bonus. Believe it or not, I did clean them up . . .
I rubbed a layer of black stain into the red paint once it had cured for about a week. I love the depth it added. Like I said, now the bookcase is as it should be. It fits with the rest of the house and when I look at it I’m happy. It’s ridiculous for me to try to resist design elements I like. Red is terrific! Here is the cabinet in its final (truly final) color. What do you think?
What are some of your interesting painted furniture projects? I’d love to take a peek at them!