Just wanted to share this little brick bookcase that we put together one afternoon last week while looking for a solution to our ever-growing book collection.
We have been needing some more book space, and after seeing this post on Pinterest we decided this was it. We did it a little different than in the link but the inspiration was well absorbed. We actually made two of them. Total cost $40.00. If you can get the bricks free then you can get out for much less.
There’s perhaps not enough to it to do a tutorial, but we are going to put a short one together anyway to show you how we did ours in case you are interested.
Be looking for that soon. In the meantime here is one of our beautiful bookcases. These things add so much life to a room. If you are looking for a cheap and easy, but rustically elegant book solution, you may want to make one of these. We love them!
*UPDATE 02/18/2013 : VIEW THE TUTORIAL HERE
Just wanted to share a few shots of this old ladder we distressed and antiqued for a friend recently. Our friend cut off half of the ladder and got us to put this really nice distressed finish on it. We used white and beige with some dry brushed hints of dark gray for contrast, then antiqued the finish.
He gave it to his wife for their anniversary this year to use to hang towels or quilts. A beautiful distressed ladder. The possibilities of using this to accent your home are nearly endless.
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Hello good friends!
Goodness have we have been extremely busy lately. We have been working on launching our sales and service website www.cozyandworn.com and getting a lot of our distressed furniture pieces out on the showroom floor for sale.
Lots of work but lots of fun!
Not to mention just enjoying the great fall weather and activities with the kids. They have enjoyed this year, maybe more than any previous year, and I have to say so have we. We have already held a haunted trail at our house, enjoyed the annual Newsom Halloween party at Chris’ mom and dad’s, went to Trunk Or Treat at church, carved jack-o-lanterns, roasted marshmallows, watched It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Garfield’s Halloween Adventure twice each and it isn’t even Halloween yet!
Anyway, for those who have been enjoying watching our journey of painting and distressing every piece of furniture in our bedroom, we haven’t forgotten about you!
Just as a recap we have been painting our bedroom furniture in a Confederate-type gray color, accented with a Williamsburg blue, with various shades of distressed color layers in white and dark charcoal.
So far in this bedroom series we have done:
There are 4 pieces left to show you, and although they are already complete we will put a new one or two up on the site per week until they are all out there, so you can see them one at a time.
So, without further delay here is the latest piece. This was one of our chests that was very basic in color, but has some nice design work that turned out amazing.
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We love having you as our guest. Have a great Halloween week.
Angie and Chris
This piece is one that we did lately specifically to put up for sale on our sister site www.cozyandworn.com and at our booth at Granddaddy’s Antiques. See the Cozy & Worn site for more details on purchasing if interested
This is a very old teacher’s desk. I’m not an expert on these but it appears to be likely from the 1920’s-1930’s. If anyone has some thoughts on whether that’s right or not leave a comment below. We’d be interested to find out.
Additionally it is a VERY heavy solid, solid piece. We nearly threw out our backs moving this thing.
We decided to paint and distress it in a dark forest green. I believe it was from Color Place and called New England Green.
We also refinished the top in a gorgeous dark walnut and polyurethane. It is really beautiful and glossy.
Here is the final result. After lots of work we really think it turned out great!
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Angie and I got our hands on this old chest of drawers that was actually just a chest in that there were NO DRAWERS when we got it.
It was pretty clear that this piece of furniture’s days as a chest of drawers were over and it had few options for life beyond it’s initial purpose.
Well, of course you all know that we love a good challenge so we talked about whether or not this piece had any repurposing potential and, being major lovers of reading and books, the idea that this would make a wonderful bookcase came to our minds.
The chest is really beautiful and made of all solid woods so we didn’t want to see it go to waste.
***THE I BLEW IT MOMENT: I guess in ever project there is always some sort of moment where you blow it in some way or another. On this one I (Chris that is!) forgot to take pictures of the chest before we started working on it. I really hate that I did that because you won’t be able to appreciate what this thing looked like when we got it. It had no back, no bottom and still had the drawer slides. The before picture below is from during the restoration when I realized I had forgotten to take the pictures.
Better luck for me next time. Let’s move on.
Anyway, we set to work on it. We added a bottom, a back, removed the drawers slides, and added shelves and got a really wonderful bookcase when all was said and done.
Well, here is the final result and if you are interested this bookcase is for sale at our sales website www.cozyandworn.com
The bookcase is finished in a dark black/gray/purple tint called Last Black Rose from Color Place. The interior and shelves are finished in a regal red from Glidden. The case is moderately distressed and accented with white, gray and black highlights.
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Angie and Chris
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