Until I can find the box that contains all my upholstery tools, such as my pneumatic staple gun, I am taking a break from working on the French button back chair. In the interim, I came across this beautifully constructed book shelf.
I had such little time to work on this project that I completely forgot to take any “before” photos. When I purchased this piece, it was painted a dingy gray with years of dirt and grime. So, the first thing I did was give it a good cleaning. I used Krud Kutter, multiple times, and then I gave the whole piece a light sanding.
After cleaning the piece, I decided to paint it using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in French Enamel. It took about two coats of paint. When the paint was dry, I sanded it down with 120 grit sandpaper and then sealed it using furniture wax by the same brand. I love using milkpaint on old pieces of furniture because I feel like it is in keeping with their character. Also, because the paint is hand mixed, it provides a depth of color which I really enjoy. If you look closely at the photo below, you will see some of the paint brushes that I used to paint the bookcase.
As you can see, the quality of construction for this bookcase is amazing. I love the pegs which hold the frame together. Also, the sawtooth adjustable shelf system is genius. I wish modern day bookcases were made using these types of adjustable shelves. Based on the way this bookcase is constructed and its characteristics, I think it was built between 1870 and 1890.
Here are some more photos showing the final result. I am hoping to find time to take this piece to Stone Soup Antiques Gallery later this week. The color of the bookcase is so versatile and will be great for fall decor.
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