Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Old White Bookcases with a little flair


Long time, no see.

I've been away from the blog for almost a year.  I've been busy, just not blogging about it.  Life has been full, in a wonderful way.  But I've made the decision to try and get back to it.  I think I mainly got away from it because it seemed like everyone and their sister, and their best friend's cousin had a blog.  And not only did all these people suddenly have blogs, which is wonderful, but they all seemed to be professional photographers of their work, too.  It just seemed like too much to keep up with.

So I made a deal with myself.  I am going to keep up with the blog on my terms.

The blog will primarily function to:

1.  Document:  my custom work, the pieces we're building, refinishing, painting, etc.  And of course the pieces we keep for ourselves ;)

2.  Inspire:  SO much of my inspiration comes from those of you who also share your work and I appreciate you so very much.  There are few things better than finding a good before & after (right??) so I'm going to keep it up.

What this blog will continue to be:  informative, instructional, but basic.  I am not a professional photographer and although I do have a nice camera, I really don't like to fuss with it for furniture shots (I'm just being honest here).  I hope you'll stick with me.  I can't believe how many of you have stuck with me thus far… thank you :)

So here is your before & after of the day.  Dated, yucky wood, Goodwill bookcases.  Made new with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White (what else?).


And thats the beauty of Annie Sloan… when its hot outside, you can paint right in your kitchen and not worry about making your whole family sick.  Everyone can still enjoy their supper right next to a freshly painted piece!

In progress:

I painted the back first in an Old White - Napoleonic Blue mixture.  I wanted a lighter blue but didn't have any on hand.  It was WAY too bright for me so I made a trip to Chalk it Up Norcross and got some new paint, and painted a new layer of Louis Blue over the first layer.  I left it streaky/watery on purpose.


Hope you enjoyed it.  I'll be back sooner rather than later this time, I promise!
Thanks for reading :)


  1. Hi Kathie,
    Love them! We might be looking for some pieces soon, and would love to talk to you about what we're looking for (once we figure that out). Where are you listing all of your items that are for sale?

  2. How nice to see you back posting Kathe. That looks great- you did a wonderful job. I hope you show us more of your work when you can. I really love the way the blue turned out on the back board- Diana

  3. Kathie, it that really you? So happy to see your blog pop up in my reader again! Welcome back! And seriously, the only way to blog is on your own terms! ... And your bookcases look so fresh! Love the watery blue!

  4. your stuffs are so nice , i've been seeing your article for a long time not it is time to comment on them

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