Saturday, May 12, 2018

The tale of a black bookcase

Several weeks ago I purchased a pair of bookcases - one for my husband's office, and one to refinish and sell.  I had planned to show how the same bookcase could have two completely different looks, but when my hubby saw mine finished, he changed his mind on his colour choice completely! Both shelves ended up in the perfect black - Liquorice from Country Chic Paint!

And I completely forgot to take before photos! The bookcases were a blonde laminate and needed a new look.  These pieces had a factory finish - and you never know what that might be! From Urethane to Teflon - who knows! After a good cleaning with Krud Kutter and sanding with 120 grit, paint wasn't willing to adhere properly.  So I pulled out my go-to product for exceptional adhesion: Clear Primer from Country Chic Paint.  I gave the bookshelves each a coat and let it cure.

After finishing my hubby's bookshelf in Liquorice, I felt like mine needed something with a little bit of wow factor.  I played around with doing a floral papered back, but something about it just wasn't working.  So I flipped my plan completely and went with a more masculine look.  I painted the back in Lazy Linen and then taped off grainsack style stripes in Rocky Mountain (both colours from Country Chic Paint).  It was exactly what the bookshelf needed!

I distressed the bookshelf to give it a little extra wear and character, and then gave it two coats of poly.

I love how this shelf turned out! I can see this piece in a library or men's office, or even in a boy's room!

For more inspiration using monochromatic colours, make sure you are following Country Chic Paint on Pinterest! 

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