ASCP-an old bookcase gets a modern update

Many years ago we purchased this shallow bookcase, because it was the perfect size for the small wall in the second floor foyer. It spent many years there. But recently the heavy look of the dark wood began to look a little to old fashioned for me. Though I do still love antiques, I am leaning toward lightening things up a bit lately. Since I have been working in this foyer/hall area on the second floor, it was time for this bookcase to get a new look. Here is the bookcase before.

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You can see the heavy look here. I first painted it with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. Next, a coat of Paris Grey. Then clear wax, some light sanding to expose a little bit of the under coat, then more wax to seal it. In this picture you can see the Graphite and the ASCP makeover on the antique mirror pictured above. Click here for the DIY on the mirror.

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Here is one coat of Paris Grey, you can see how I didn’t push the paint down into all the cracks and crevices. These areas will be perfect to add a little dark wax to later, for a little character.

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a second coat….waiting for wax.

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Then clear wax, a very light sanding here and there. Another coat of clear wax and some statically place dark wax. {note: I mix my dark wax with clear wax, 3-parts clear to 1-part dark}

Finally, the styling, some blue bound books and a few pieces I have had for many years, and a few new finds. To me this piece says it all, this paint is a miracle worker. You can take any old piece, and give a coat of your favorite color and just like that its new again.

Once again the before….

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…and now the after!

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An old bookcase, a quart of paint and a fresh new look for my bookcase.

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Tammy Damore

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