Small In Size, Large In Impact…This Bookcase Goes From Average to Art Furniture

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I saw this bookcase at a thrift store and it was absolutely unremarkable. The top veneer was lifting and it was covered in scratches but it “spoke” to me. I loved the smaller size as it would work well as a bedside table or as a small piece beside a living room chair and I also appreciated some of the details that made it unique.


As a result, I followed a series of steps to take this piece from ordinary to artistic.

First I glued, clamped filled and sanded.

Next, I underpainted sections with a bit of a brown color and applied chapstick to random areas on the bookcase that would create the chippy paint look in the final distressing.



Then I painted the entire bookcase with two coats of an off white color that I mixed.

Next, I took a sanding block and lightly ran it over the piece allowing the areas with chapstick to lift revealing the chippy paint look.

Then I decoupaged some old book pages on to the top to give the piece a unique presentation.

And I glazed some brown color over the off white paint and the decoupaged pages to further age the piece.

Now the piece is done and so darn cute.

I guess the moral of the story is to look beyond the present, flex those creative muscles and see the possibilities. It just such fun. Thanks for visiting.

Until next time,


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