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