Amazing friends, welcome back!! I finally finished up my Winter Thrift Store Haul (See the final piece and a BONUS piece HERE if you missed it!) and I had a lot of questions about what I was planning to do now that the thrift stores are all closed and we’ve been ordered to stay home. Well luckily, due to my hoarding tendencies, I have still have plenty to work on! So don’t worry, I will still be here sharing my heart out!
Some exciting news that I have to share is that I have become a Premier Retailer with Dixie Belle! I already carry just about everything in the Dixie Belle line in my booth and in my ETSY shop, but now I will be stocking a bit more quantity of each item in my booth, so if you are local, you will always be able to find what you need.
For that reason, I was on the hunt for a new display piece for my shop!
Just before everything hit the fan, I found this cabinet on Facebook Marketplace listed for $75:
It is wider than one of the pieces I am currently using for display, so I thought it would be great for holding the additional inventory I will now be carrying in my booth. The pictures in the listing didn’t do it justice at all. I’m guessing that’s why there had been no takers in the week it was listed. I thought it was well worth that price so I didn’t haggle. It was listed as Vintage, but I’m sure it is older than that. The doors still have wavy glass which is kind of difficult to see.
Unfortunately, when I got it home and unloaded it, one of the doors had a broken area on the glass:
I had planned to keep the doors on, but just prop them open for my display, but I decided to just remove the doors altogether instead. I have a plan for one of them already. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Then I filled the hinge holes with Dixie Belle’s Mud in brown:
This works great for filling holes and deep scratches. A light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper once it was dry and the holes were ready for paint:
Painting the Bookcase
I don’t believe this wood was cherry or mahogany, but just stained to look like it. I didn’t take any chances though and gave it a coat of BOSS in white just to be safe:
BOSS is by far the best thing I’ve found to combat that dreaded bleed-through, hands down and it has hardly any odor to it all. I let it dry overnight and the next day I painted it in a 50/50 mix of Driftwood and Cotton:
You can see the coverage is fantastic after just one coat, but I did give it two coats.
Once it was dry, I lightly sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper. I cleaned up all the dust with my shop vac and then sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin using their blue applicator sponge. The satin isn’t super shiny, but it has a beautiful, soft sheen.
See a video of how I paint and sand a piece of furniture in THIS POST, and you can see a video of how I apply sealer using a sponge in THIS POST.
Here is how this pretty antique bookcase cabinet looks now:
I would normally never remove doors as closed storage is always so coveted, but since I’ll be using this as a display piece for my paints, it totally works!
And what happens to the dining table and chairs when I do this??
Ha ha! It all ends up in my office!
I thought this was a great opportunity to share a few tips for styling shelves, but first let’s see what I found to play with!
Most of the items I found are white like this basket I recently redid:
Ya’ll know how much I adore a painted basket! I found it at our antique mall for $6 and gave it a couple of coats of Cotton.
It used to look like this:
Some of you may remember this tote I redid back when we first moved into this house:
It’s not white, but very neutral and I love a cute tote, except this one was anything but cute when I found it!
It looked like this:
It looked like it had been a hard worker though! I was happy to give it the TLC it deserved.
You can see this makeover HERE.
This enamel kettle was a thrift store find…I just dropped a faux plant into it:
This ironstone pitcher was a fairly recent thrift store find:
The books in both of those photos were thrift store finds as well.
You probably remember the horse:
He was also a thrift store find and he was missing his tail. I didn’t even notice that when I found him!
I gave him a new one by gathering several strands of twine with a rubber band on one end and sticking that in the hole!
And of course treasured photos are always perfect for styling shelves. I love to print mine in black and white.
This is me and my sisters on New Year’s Eve a couple of years ago…
And you may remember we hosted my brother’s wedding last Summer…I was also his photographer. Here he is with his beautiful family and my parents:
He already had a daughter and she had a son…perfect! 🙂
The white boxes and the clock came from TJ Max or HomeGoods.
Now I’m no expert on styling shelves, but here are a couple of tips that seem to work for me!
- Alternate how many items are used on each shelf.
For example, I added three items to the first shelf (the frames count as one item) and I added only two items to the next shelf. Then, I added three items to the third shelf. The spaces between the items are staggered and it seems to be more pleasing to the eye rather than having the same number of items on shelves that are directly above or below. Does that make sense?
- Keep the color palette consistent. I tried to use mostly white items, with just a bit of greenery added.
- Repeat items. I repeated items such as the pitcher on books and the kettle on books, as well as the black and white framed photos, and it appears balanced.
Again, I am no expert! These are just things that seem pleasing to my own eyes!
I love how this cabinet turned out since I was unsure if removing the door would totally take away all the charm.
The legs and the curves at the bottom are my favorite features:
You can see where I barely sanded along the edges.
I need to go through my stash and put together another haul. I do have a project lined up for Tuesday already though and what a project it is!!
This very vibrant desk and night stand set belongs to the teen next door and it is begging for a makeover!!
I have all the hard prepwork done and can’t wait to start painting this one!
UPDATE! These pieces are done and you can see them HERE now! 🙂
Have a great weekend and stay safe out there, dear friends!!
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