Friday, January 18, 2013

Little Farmhouse Shabby Bookshelf

I found this little bookshelf at a thrift shop for $10.  It looks like it was made out of found wood, maybe from an old kitchen cabinet. 

It was backless, and a bit roughly made.  I thought the roughly made aspect added to its charm.  The fact that it had no back ... not so much.

I had a piece of quarter-inch plywood cut to fit the back and gave it a base coat of ASCP in Old White.  Then, because the shelf reminded me of something you'd find in an old farmhouse pantry, I stenciled on a feed sack stripe in ASCP Graphite and Ochre.


The shelf was nice and sturdy, so I didn't do a thing to its rough-hewn construction.  I just painted it in Old White and gave it a heavy distressing to enhance its farmhouse patina.

And there you have it. 

From this ...

To this!

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  1. Love this! Really neat idea...I have the book and it's wonderful! Visiting from FFF!

  2. You made a good find interesting. Love the stripe. Happy weekend and glad to know you must be feeling much better.

  3. super sweet! i love the backing! it looks like the perfect size to be a little nightstand for a boy's room, too!

  4. That is super cute, love the addition of the stripe!

  5. Wow, this is great. I have a tired old shelf in the basement I'm going to try this on. I have always had a fear of painting wood, but hey, it's sad in the lonely basement...should give it a new life, right?

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love, love, love the feedsack stripe!

    Jenna @

  7. I love your shelf. And great minds think alike. I just painted a pair of end tables with a grain sack stripe!

  8. Mmm-Mmm! Cute. Love the faux grains sack stripe!!


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