Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bookcase Makeover

Hi Everyone!

I'm finally ready to show you one of the many projects I've been working on. It's the bookcase I was painting. This bookcase was given to me by my neighbor and dear friend Gloria. She was a woman so full of spunk and energy who was constantly cleaning and organizing her house and basement...One of the most organized and clean basements I have ever seen, by the way.

Gloria knew how much I loved old tattered things so she always thought of me when she'd clean out her basement. She never understood my fascination for old junk... she was just happy to get rid of it...Good thing for me :-)

After almost two years, I finally decided it was time for its makeover.

I can't remember where I got this applique from, but I thought it would be perfect to accent my bookcase.

After some cleaning, sanding and several coats of paint, here it is. It's taking forever to dry...not sure why...maybe the rainy weather? I'll have to wait until it's completely dry to start putting stuff in it. I'll share pics as soon as it happens :-)

I wish my dear friend Gloria could have seen her bookcase all dressed up. I miss her.


Thank you for stopping by today.

Wishing you all a very creative and blessed day.

Hugs and Kisses,


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Ana, oooh, your bookcase is just stunning! I am excited to see what treasures you put inside it... xoxo Julie Marie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the bookcase and the applique is just wonderful. What a fabulous piece this will be to decorate and think of all the storage too. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

mary said...

oh ana it's beautiful!!
sometimes things wait for us to be ready to see its true beauty!

Rita said...

Ana, what a great piece especially with the appliqué. Hope to see you again soon. Christie and I will be at the Olivenhain Grove Sale, stop by if you are in the area. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

Denise Auras said...

... Ficou lindo Muito!

Atelier de Charo said...

Hola Ana, ha queadado muy bien, el detalle de aplique es perfecto.


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Ana....The bookcase looks so nice painted and with the applique!~Patti

Elyse said...

hi ana,

i always enjoy a good makeover post and yours is fabulous! the applique is perfection!


Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Ana
I also love old things. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to give new life to something.
You have transformed this bookcase into a beautiful piece...
Have a wonderful week.

June said...

Ana this turned out amazingly!!! I love it! You did such a beautiful job.

Stacey said...

Once again I am in awe. Great job my friend!

fiberdoodles said...

It's beautiful!

T's Daily Treasures said...

How lovely that something came to you as a throwaway and you gave its beauty back! Will be so lovely when you accessorize it. I have to unfinished bookshelves that my husband had made for our tv room. I've never painted them. I am thinking dark brown on the outside and red for the backsides -- what do you think? I'm not good at this painting stuff. Still thinking! Hope you are having a fantastic day. :) Tammy

Foding Bookcase said...

Hey, thanks for the idea, we've got those bookcase thingys and I've not climbed on them.
This post is useful for me.

Willow said...

It looks beautiful. It is so funny how just one little thing can make a big difference. It would have look beautiful just painted white, but you added that decor and it made a world of difference. Great job.


essemia said...

That bookcase is sure worth waiting for. A lovely piece.
Hope you have a nice day.
Love Elzie

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Gina said...

Oh Ana, you did a super job on this! I love how it turned out.

Shirley said...

Ana, You did a beautiful job of redoing your bookcase. It is amazing what you can do with old things turning them into new. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri friend.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Ana,

What a lovely job you have done of the book shelf.
That is great to be able to use something, that your neighbour no longer had a use for.


Dawn said...

You gave it just the right touch Ana. I'm sure Gloia would love it and is glad you get such joy from her old things.

Rain, rain, go away! I know we need it but I've had enough for a while. We had another thunderstorm this afternoon and it poured!

Dawn said...

oops, make that Gloria!

elmundodetrapito said...

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Vintage Sassy said...

Hi Ana,
It looks beautiful. Where are you going to put it?


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Ana, just gorgeous. You have done such a lovely job. I just adore bookcases and would love to have them in every room.

Have a blessed weekend.

Barb ♥

maría cecilia said...

Ana, incredible beautiful!!! You made it girl!!!! and how sweet your friend Gloria, and yes, she would have been impressed to see her bookcase like this.
Thank you so much for your care about my country.
Maria Cecilia

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Ana
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such kind words.. It warms my heart that you find my painting pleasing to the eye... Yes, it must be a wonderful place to visit. I hope someday to visit France.
I am honored that you are following. Thank you so much.
Enjoy your weekend.
Warm regards,

Anna See said...

Great job, Ana! It looks so fresh and sweet.

Iphigenia said...

Hi Ana, it is pretty and glad that you had fun fixing it up. Can't wait to see more photos. Have a nice day.

Cindy Geilmann said...

Oh, my cute Ana, I love your new background. Your bookcase is wonderful. I'm really into white right now.

big hugs

Misborda2 said...

Hi Anna: Congratulations to become precious, do not even want to imagine, when you give that touch yours so personal. Gloria sure there where you are, be proud of their work, that shelf is a beautiful reminder of your friend. Hugs, Laura.

KATHY said...

The bookcase looks beautiful. great job on the painting....Kathy

Cindy said...

Your newly painted bookcase looks absolutely splendid, girl! I look forward to seeing it filled with all of your sweet treasures. Hugs, Cindy S

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Ana, love that re-do of your bookcase! the applique really sets it off. Can't wait to see it all dressed out. Hope you have a great weekend!