Vintage Bookcase Makeover in Country Grey


Happy (almost) 4th of July holiday to all my U.S. friends!  The summer heat has kicked in and we’ve been busy enjoying activities with the kids while also getting everything ready for our next big vintage market next weekend (July 14-15).  This bookcase will be there, along with a bunch of other new projects that I’ll be sharing here soon.

I spotted this 2-piece vintage bookcase in a Facebook ad for an estate sale.  I forgot to take my own Before photo before I started working on it, and this photo makes it look deceivingly taller than it really is.  It’s only about 5 feet tall, and I’m barely taller than it.  haha

It’s a simple piece, but has some charming details.  The perfect candidate for a farmhouse style bookcase makeover.

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the Garage

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First, I removed the rail on the top shelf and filled the holes with wood filler.  Those rails usually make a piece look more dated, and they’re pretty easy to remove.

I painted most of it one coat of gray but it didn’t seem like the right color choice.  So the gray ended up being a base, and I went over it all in Country Grey Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the Garage

I took the back of the bookcase off for easier painting, and nearly sliced my wrist open on one of the nails that was sticking out.   (Learn from my mistake – be extra careful when using sandpaper on a board that has sharp nails!)

I also removed the doors so paint wouldn’t get all over the hinges.  Then I filled the old hardware holes and drilled a new one right in the middle for new pulls from Hobby Lobby.

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the Garage

I lightly sanded it around the edges for a naturally distressed look, and finally protected it with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat.

And here she is…

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the Garage

It ended up being more work than it should’ve been because the paint was extra thick (bottom of the can) and was a little difficult to work with.  But in the end it turned out just fine.

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the GarageThe little shelf right above the doors was a bit of a pain.  I had to use a small roller brush to get in there where the paint brush couldn’t reach.

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the Garage

Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the Garage

It’s a cute little bookcase for extra storage, with a charming farmhouse style.  And it’s very easy to move around since it’s two separate pieces.Charming farmhouse style bookcase makeover with distressed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Girl in the GarageThis bookcase makeover will be available in my space at the Hunt and Gather vintage market on July 14-15 in Crown Point, Indiana.  I hope to see you there, friend!

And have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Jen


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8 Comments on Vintage Bookcase Makeover in Country Grey

  1. Kathy
    July 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm (3 months ago)

    I love the results! Absolutely gorgeous, and makes me want to go right out and buy a piece of furniture to re-do. Great job!

    Reply
    • Jen
      July 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm (3 months ago)

      Aww thank you Kathy! I’m glad you like it! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Cate
    July 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm (3 months ago)

    Great job! It looks wonderful.

    Reply
    • Jen
      July 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Cate!

      Reply
    • Jen
      July 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Rose!

      Reply
    • Jen
      July 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you Marie! xo

      Reply

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