Friday, March 9, 2012

Country Bookcase Goes Coastal

The dining room is our next room overhaul.  Mom left her Asian-inspired dining room set and an old country style bookcase here when she moved since her new dining room was smaller.  The bookcase has been a good dumping ground for stuff that doesn't have a place because I could just close it up. 

I was getting tired of looking at it and was going to post it on Craigslist. Then I got to looking around on Pinterest, my new obsession place for ideas. I was inspired to transform this dated piece into something coastal.  It is laminate and wood and I wasn't sure about painting it so after some digging, I found a post by Centsational Girl on painting laminate furniture.  Well, that was that. I didn't like the hanging leaf trim at the top and I thought I could just unscrew it off but it was tacked and glued.

I took it off and asked Hubs if he could just cut it off.  Sure enough, that is what he did.

I liked the floral carving on the doors, but they weren't very beachy. 

I decided to buy some wainscoting to put over them.  Hubs cut 2 pieces out so that they fit right over the carved wood door.  We attached them with some brad nails and wood glue, filled in and sanded the nail holes, caulked around the edges and the wainscoting was ready to be primed and painted!

The door you see above the double doors used to be a pull down desk.  I had intended to put it back on but after taking it off to paint, I decided I liked it better without.  We had to fill in the hardware holes and sand it down. 

Rather than getting new hardware, I just primed and spray painted them with some Satin Nickel spray paint I had left over from another project.

I used 2 coats of Zinsser's primer, 2 coats of leftover paint from our kitchen/dining room for the back of the bookcase and 2 coats of leftover flat white ceiling paint for the rest of the bookcase, then followed it up with 2 coats of sealer. 

Here is what it looks like now. 

Quite the transformation, don't you think? 

         BEFORE                                 AFTER
See it decorated in the Decorating My Coastal Bookcase post.

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