Monday, May 21, 2012

$3 Bookshelf

The kitchen in this house is sorely lacking...pretty much everything.

I have four upper cabinets. Four drawers.

And my only "lower cabinets" are under the sink.

This will also give you a good idea of how much counter space I don't have. It's not pretty.

Why, yes, I do manage to cook for my family in this!

Given the window placements, there's really not much I can do about any of that. Can't change the windows without going before the Architectural Review Board. This means, there's really nothing I can do but get creative.

Most of our food stuff is stored on this awesome bookshelf I scored at a yard sale about 8 years ago.

But this post isn't about that. Sorry.

This is about the book shelf I actually use for books in my kitchen.

I picked this up at Goodwill for $3. I don't have a before before picture. I brought it home and painted it grey right away. It was brown. And green.

I'm not sure what happened. I used paint with primer and it just did not hold up. Dings and scratches all over. And not the cool kind we get with distressing. More of the you did a terrible job kind of scratches.

First step was to use some of my DIY Chalky paint (plaster of paris + water + paint) in Sherwin Williams Exuberant Pink.

Very Girly!

After that, I added a chalky coat of Sherwin Williams Peppercorn. And, then hit it with the sander for an intentional distressed look.

I still wasn't feeling it, so I went to my fabric stash a fun, bold print. The pink wasn't really showing through the peppercorn, even with the distressing, so the red didn't clash.

I just tacked the fabric in. Nothing permanent. This way, I can always change my mind and swap out the fabric easily. Also, my crockpot sits on this, so there's a chance something may drip. It's a nice option to be able to wash the back fabric.

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  1. Turned out great! The fabric really makes it pop! Enjoy. Megan

  2. All too well am I acquainted with projects that refuse to turn out as well in reality as they are in the brain. Still, you did a great save and it looks very nice now.

  3. I really like that! Having the bright pink color underneath, and then have it peak through a little with another coat of paint in a different color. I love it!
    I'm your newest follower from the party with my peeps! :)

  4. Nice transformation! Love the fabric in the back...really cute!

  5. Fab fabric makes this piece. I like the fact that you can change it out. Came over from Cowgirl Up.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  6. LOVE this,how cute! Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.


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