This is a thing my son gave to me a few months ago. It had been sitting in the corner of one of the rooms – actually it was in the way and had to be moved from room to room – until this week.
This week I got so tired of moving it from one room to the next that I finally decided it was time to do something about it.
I also made sure to find out what it’s called: A trough or as we know it a Vintage Book Rack. And this is how I up-cycled it and made it fun.
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Now you may be wondering about that name. A trough is usually a long narrow container for holding animal food. We had one of those back in Greece and filled it with hay to feed the animals. But this wooden thing certainly was not for feeding.
I looked it up and the broader definition is “any of several similarly shaped receptacles used for various commercial or household purposes.”
The actual images had various names, book shelf, book case, desktop bookcase but they all did the same thing, mainly hold objects that were the dimensions of books or dvd’s.
In this case it is used to hold books. This may actually be a British word. So now I’ve learned a new word and I got to up-cycle it.
Aaaaaand I even bonded with my daughter.
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This old book rack had been sealed with varnish many, many years ago and it was peeling off. So instead of killing myself and trying to remove it all, I just sandpapered the obvious bits off. These were the ones that you can see above on the bottom, they were dangling halfway off the wood.
I then went over the whole thing with two coats of chalky finish paint.
Now this was going to be given to my daughter, the one of the blue persuasion who loves books so much! So naturally it had to be painted in blue.
I had a few left over craft paints and mixed them together with the chalky finish paint to create that soft blue which you see below. I may have added a bit of yellow in there too- just for fun!
This was the resulting paint color. I then used the sandpaper to distress it in all the right places.
And to seal it, in I used Daddy Van’s all Natural Decorative Wax in Black. Put it on with the round brush and then wipe it off with a clean lint free rag.
All done. And full of books no less!
All that heavy distressing really came out great, I wanted to pay homage to the vintage look of this book shelf.
It actually looks like it has been in quite a few tumbles and the black wax makes it look old and grungy.
Kinda like how we like our books to look – old and worn out – because they have been read.
The books you see here have not been read yet that’s why they are so shiny and new!
But don’t worry I’ll get to them one at a time and my girl will put the trough in her bookcase to store her books in.
We even share books – nothing like a vintage book trough to bring a family together.
So this may seem like a small post but it actually accomplished a lot. I learned what a vintage book trough is (and a new for me word) and how to up-cycle it in a fun way. But I also bonded with my girl over her love of books.
Now you tell me have you ever heard of the word “trough” before, and is it British or is it just my imagination?
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