Before and after book shelves

I've recently finished with another painting project, and am that much closer to getting this family room done! This look will not be for everyone, but the lightened up/painted bookcases suit my room much better.
This is my casual family room, with quite a bit of beach decor, so it's colorful with aquas and whites.
I drug this set of old book shelves with me when I moved, and it wasn't until after I painted the room and some other furniture in whites and light colors that I couldn't stand to see the orangy colored wood any longer! You know how it goes, you start one project and it leads to another and another....and another!
The furniture itself is very well made and sturdy, and just the right size for the space. Plus, it offers lots of storage space!

I did lots of layers like I always do, in fact I changed my direction half way through. I started with a layer of basic white chalk paint, then did a couple layers of various shades of blues, blending with a rag and some dry brushing. I was going to stop there, but received my saltwash product in the mail, so thought why not try that too? I ultimately wanted the look to be like it was old and layered, with the underneath colors showing through.

Here's some "in process" pictures, starting with the before -

above is the first coat of white chalkpaint.
The 3 below is after a couple coats of blended aqua colors

This is where I was going to stop until I got the Saltwash. From the Saltwash website: 

"Saltwash is an easy to use base coat formula to give a layered and textured effect when mixed with any brand or type of paint!

Apply your mixture to any piece of furniture or surface to achieve an authentic time worn look, as if weathered from years on the coast, in just a few easy steps. It’s an instant and affordable genuine vintage look. Follow our easy 3 step process and helpful tips to achieve your desired effect!"
Now here's a picture of the saltwash after applying but before being painted over -
And here's some close up pictures of the finished colors and texture -

You can see that I also sanded it a bit in places to distress more. I used the saltwash on the shutters that sit at the top too.

I already had the green glass knobs from a different piece that I had finished, so didn't even need to buy new ones. Now I have my chippy beachy looking book shelves that fit in my room much better. 
It was fun to work with the saltwash, and super easy! I have more left, so will be using it again.
This is what some of the rest of the room looks like, so you can see the book shelves fit in much better :)
I posted about painting this end table above HERE
You can see more of my furniture make-overs here:

Thanks so much for stopping by......Sylvia Share

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful project! It looks great! I'm currently reading Young House Love's new book... {It's so lovely and inspiring!} Anyway, they have a built in bookshelf in their living room. They painted the back of the shelf with a Champagne Gold craft paint. It sounds weird, but it's actually very subtle and beautiful. When I saw you pics, I immediately thought how the subtle sparkle would be such a pretty addition. So I just thought I's share!
    I'm going to attempt to link you to the photo of the project. Wish me luck! ;)