Nothing A Little Stripper Can't FixDecember 8th, 2011 in member junk
I wish I had a before picture of this sweet little bookcase. I had to be convinced to buy it and I'm usually game for just about anything. The previous owner had sloppily painted over many layers of paint with a high gloss enamel dark brown paint and then proceeded to sloppily paint over all the original lead with silver metallic paint and then continued with the silver metallic paint on the interior and shelves. I started by stripping the paint off the lead glass doors to see if there was any hope. After a gallon of stripper and lots of scraping, I found that there were so many layers of paint that it was creating a beautiful effect. Once it got to a point where I liked the look, I sanded then used a stain with sealer. I painted the inside in a more neutral wheat color. I love this piece for my collection of old books and am so glad I was talked into this piece. The decorative accessory on top was intended to be a bookend but I liked how it looks on top. It's made from a chippy scrap of dog earred fence board and a vintage wall sconce that used to be painted black and then white. I chipped most of the paint off and waxed it; then added a porcelain clock knob to cover an existing whole in the fixture.
Pattern or design used: My own design - Sherri Spear
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