I haven’t done much in the way of home improvement lately but last week we finally had the flooring sorted out in our hallway (we took the carpet up over a year ago…), which motivated me to do something about the bookcase.
This bookcase was originally a bed frame. My dad found it in the street years ago and brought it home with him, then turned took the slats off and used them to make shelves (two slats per shelf). It’s a little bit crooked, and it has some odd holes cut out at the back where it used to fit snugly against the handrail/bannister of our stairs. Prior to our loft conversion it used to be on the other side of the hallway (where you can now see clothes draped on the right). There also used to be a skylight, but the new stairs up to the loft block the light so the hallway is now quite dark. This was what I hoped to remedy by renovating the bookcase.
I bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® (in English Yellow), a tub of her Soft Wax, and here’s how it went.
At this point you’re probably thinking “that’s not English Yellow” – and you’d be quite right! We had some red emulsion left over from another room so I decided to put a coat of that on first. Quite a rough coat, and then I started with the yellow.
After one coat of yellow I decided that the shade was too cold so I added a small amount of the red emulsion to the Chalk Paint® before I started the second coat.
I realise it doesn’t show much difference in a photograph (you can just about see where the new colour is on there), but to the naked eye there was definitely a much warmer feel. Once the second coat of paint had dried properly I got stuck in with the wax.
It deepened the hue slightly and also gave a lovely shine once it was buffed a little. After that I gave it a distressed finish using sandpaper and some strategically applied shoe polish (followed by a final coat of wax).
Again it doesn’t really show up that well in the photographs, but the distressing really does help the bookcase look as though it’s been that colour for years!
I think we can safely say that the hallway is now well and truly brightened up! It’s not just the colour that pleases me, but the feel appeal of the shelves now they’ve been waxed is lovely. I won’t lie, it took a lot of work to transform this bookcase (three coats of paint which took all day yesterday allowing for drying time between coats, and then a whole morning of waxing, distressing, and buffing) and I’m a bit knackered now, but it was definitely worth doing.