Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My $15 Born Again Bookcase

When we sold our home in Colorado and moved to Oregon, I didn't expect to live in an apartment. I mean, what is a woman with a cottage blog doing living in an apartment? Well, for now this is where God has us, and so I'm trying to be content with that and make this contemporary apartment. . .
 
 
 
feel more like this cozy cottage. . .
 
The Old Smithy Welsh Cottage http://www.sugarandloaf.com/
Challenging, huh? Especially when I'm doing it on a self-imposed budget.
 
Well, baby steps, as they say.
 
One of the blessings of living here is having my own personal space -- a 12' x 15' second bedroom -- in which to create (something I didn't have in our previous 640 SF, 1 bedroom cottage). It's still a work in progress, but I have made some strides.
 
In September I showed you my "desk" -- a vintage table makeover.  Today I want to show you another project I completed for my space.
 
A glass door bookcase.


Here you see it with some of the other yard sale finds Dennis brought home. He picked up this little honey for $15. Yeah, pretty amazing deal.



This piece probably began life as a kitchen cupboard. At some point crooked plywood shelves were added, and it was painted white with a blue trim.

Layers of contact paper and wallpaper covered the interior.

 
 
After removing the top few layers (remember when hearts were all the rage, right after the fake green bamboo? Oh, you don't? Never mind, then)







 I discovered this vintage floral wallpaper. . .



and this vintage windmill wallpaper.


And because somebody decades ago went to all that trouble to prettify their little cupboard with real wallpaper, and because I'm a sentimental push over for things like that, I stopped. The interior remains delightfully shabby.

Dennis made new pine shelves, and spaced them so I have more room for books. The new shelves are nice and straight, too. I decided not to paint them for now. Maybe later I will. Maybe not.



I covered the cupboard in two coats of white paint I already had,



did a little distressing,


and my born again bookcase was good to go.



Now I have a place for all my books.



Other things that make me smile rest on top.



And our apartment feels just a little more like the cottage I dream about.

Kinda.




Thanks so much for visiting. I hope your week is off to a joyful start.



 
 
 
I'll be sharing with:
Inspired Sunday at Sunday View
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Share Your Cup at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspire Me Wednesday at MamaBuzz
Homemaking Party at Hope In Every Season
We Call It Olde Linkup at We Call it Junkin
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stone Gable
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Shabbilicious Friday link party at Shabby Art Boutique
Link Party at Redoux
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Craft Frenzy Friday at Craft Dictator
Friday Favorites Linky Party at I'm Not a Trophy Wife
 

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36 comments:

  1. Nancy, I love that you left the scraps of wallpaper in the cupboard. There's something infinitely sweet about it! Definitely cottage!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. You're so nice. :)

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  2. I agree with Kim, above, so glad you left bits of the wallpaper. So many layers, and that sweet windmill paper! The cabinet was a good find and you have made it lovely.

    The cottage you showed a picture of is beautiful--what a fireplace! But yours will be lovely too, one step at a time. Will there be another cottage for you in the future?

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    1. Another cottage in the future? Oh, I hope so, Dewena. If we can find one in our price range.

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  3. I think that you are doing an amazing job making an apartment look just like a wonderful cottage. And you are making it look pretty easy too. What an adorable book shelf you have made this. and the room... it looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne. I have to say my projects are pretty easy; very doable. Now if I can just figure out how to get a movable stone fireplace with hearth into this apartment. ;)

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  4. What a great find! I always love seeing the actual books that people have...

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    1. I like that, too, Rose! Books tell so much about a person, don't they?

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  5. Wow! so many layers of wallpaper. I do like that you left the scrapes of stuck paper to the inside.
    It adds so much charm :)

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    1. I think so, too, Connie. I've always been drawn to wallpaper. As a little girl I'd go to the paint department in our little ACE Hardware store and thumb through the wallpaper books while my mom and dad shopped. :)

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  6. Very nice Nancy . . . It must be the best feeling ever to have a clean slate, start over, space and time to bring a small, little cupboard like bookcase back to life! Very, very nice! I like the wallpaper left on the back board.

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    1. It is a good feeling, Lynne. Having my own private space is a wonderful change.

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  7. Loved the way you renewed your bookcase so much that I read all the way back to October 1st. What a wonderful buy your #1 Picker made for you. I am following and will put your blog on my bloglist so I remember to visit again to see what you worked on next. Thank you for visiting me today too.
    Joy

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    1. It was my pleasure, Joy. I love your blog. It's so inspirational, and I'm glad I found it. :)

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  8. I love your bookcase and the amount of work you put into it.

    When we first moved to our little cottage, we had no room for bookcases and all of our books were stored in the garage. We are book lovers and I felt like our house did not reflect our personalities. I was so glad when we could gradually buy furniture to show off our books.

    Your decorating might be slow and on a budget, but much more meaningful than some of my friends who hire a decorator and have it done in 3 months.


    Enjoy the process.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, and for leaving such encouraging words. I agree with your comment about "slow and on a budget [being] more meaningful." It is. :)

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  9. I love it! I think your apartment looks wonderful, and I love what you did with that awesome cabinet. I'd love to find one just like it. Actually, I could use two. Ha ha! Thanks for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up. Hope to see you there again! (Tuesdays - Saturdays) Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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    1. Dawn, thanks for taking the time to visit. It means a lot when people you link up with, and leave comments on their blog, come by. Really. I appreciate it. :)

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  10. love this, nancy! i've seen walls with wallpaper bits on them and it's always wowed me:) great job!

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  11. LOVE your bookcase! You have a beautiful blog!

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    1. You're so nice. Thank you, Monica.

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  12. I love that you left the layers of wallpaper. What a treasure!

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    1. Thanks Jeannie Marie. It's been fun to see how many people like the wallpaper remnants. I felt it was so much a part of the cupboard, its history, that it would have been wrong to remove it. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Much appreciated.

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  13. What a fabulous find! And I love that you left the back of it with all of the vintage paper. Your books look so pretty with that background. Very nice!

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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you like it. I owe the "fabulous find" to my husband. He's the one who found it. I think I'll keep him. ;)

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  14. Holy cow that guy needed some TLC and you did a great job! I probably would have just kept tearing away the paper but leaving it was so very much the right decision!

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    1. Thanks, Allison. I have to admit I did think about removing it all, but now I'm glad I didn't.

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  15. Nancy, that piece is a little treasure. I love how you left the remnants of the vintage wallpaper. I sentimental like that too. So much better than the hearts. And yes, I do remember. lol! Great job on the painting. I like the bits of blue showing. Looks like a cottage to me my friend. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. It's my pleasure to share with SYC. You do a great job of hosting, Jann. Always so much to inspire me there. Thanks for your kinds words. Blessings, Nancy

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  16. You have made a wonderful transformation in that contemporary apartment. I just LOVE it! I also love what you did with the bookcase. Leaving the traces of the past adds such a personal touch. It's wonderful! Hope you are having a great Sunday, and thanks for sharing with Sunday View.

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    1. My pleasure, Laura. Thanks for hosting, and for taking the time to personally visit. Much appreciated. Have a great week.

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  17. Beautiful and what a great price! Good hubby. It made my laugh with all the layers of wall paper. My grandmother wall papered her "ice box" as they called it then. She did this every time she painted the kitchen the "Ice box" got a new look!!! Andi

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    1. I think I'd like your grandmother, Andi. :)

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  18. Nancy - the bookcase looks amazing love the patina! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. And thanks for hosting Home and Garden Thursday.

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