So far I’ve shared some areas of this space with you, the Beach table, the trunk and the happy chairs just to name a few. I’ll have all the links to individual projects on the bottom of this post. Today I am going to show you how to upcycle bookcases using Old Fashioned Milk Paint and avoid mistakes.
One, there were discolorations in the wood. If you look at the side of the photo below you can see that it looks like a stair with various shades of discoloration.
And thirdly, I’ve talked about how I want to brighten up the apartment and add fun colors to it, just like I did with the happy chairs. The wood was making the room look dark and dreary if you can believe it.
I had two of these bookcases and decided to put them together to make a unit in a corner.
I use the Safe Paint version which does not require any bonding agent. In this way I do not end up with any chipping, something that is normally desired when we use OFMP. But in my case I was after a more modern, sleek look. Old Fashioned Milk Paint is very versatile that way. You can read more about my first Milk Paint experience here.
Now who would be so sneaky as to make two different finishes for a bookcase?
By the way, I should mention at this point that I had one bookcase on the balcony of the third floor and the other one in a spare space on the second floor, so you can just image me running up and down the stairs with my paint supplies. I painted each coat on both bookcases before proceeding with the next coat. Yes I got lots of exercise on this project!
However, I didn’t want the exterior to be white.Do you remember my beautiful gray trunk? Well it will be sitting opposite these bookcases.
I wanted a soft gray so I added a bit of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Pitch Black to the Snow White mixture and came up with this color. My own custom color. Isn’t it gorgeous? It is barely there. Just two light coats to the exterior only and I was finally done. No more running up and down those stairs.
Oops, let’s not forget the wax! The paint must be sealed in so I used my favorite Daddy Van’s all Natural Beeswax and Lavender Furniture Polish. Ahh that smell! (You can see all these products in my Amazon affiliate links below.)
A rock picked from the beach to reflect the postcard rocks in the background.
I even painted the spot lights on top using the milk paint for a more cohesive look. They were faux gold before… no! I may add lights in the future but for now they’ll stay like this.
And so that ends my running up and down the stairs for now. Do you also go to such drastic lengths to get a project done, or is it just me?
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