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The Peacock Bookcase

It's another overcast day, but this bookcase painted in Peacock should brighten things up a bit!
I needed a bookcase to store my scrapbooks - both finished and in-progress, along with old photo albums.  I used to store all of this in my hutch that was purchased in the sale of the house.  Sooooo...

We bought an unfinished bookcase that looked like this:
The top was stained with dark walnut stain and then given 3 coats of polycrylic.  

The rest of it was painted with 2 coats of Peacock chalk paint and given a light sanding.  The edges were distressed and clear, then dark wax was applied.
Now, here's a little secret....I did NOT use wax on the shelves.  I didn't know how wax would hold-up to books being slid on and off the shelves. I used a little stain on a rag and 'faked' the dark wax look.  I then coated the shelves only with 3 coats of poly.  Can you tell the difference?

One more project completed!  This also eliminated a tote that was sitting in the corner - YAY!  
I hope the weather clears up soon.  We've had so many cloudy, damp days - it's June, after all.  I should be drinking iced tea, not hot tea in the afternoon!  

I'm always glad to have people stop by - I hope you'll find the time to share, pin, and comment.
Don't forget to click the link at the top of my blog to visit Apple Street Crafts...there's a craft fair in my near future!

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Love the bright peacock color. Looks fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Peacock is one of my favorite colors of chalk paint!
      So glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  2. The whole thing is great, but I love that pig!
    And I'm tired of this rainy, dreary weather too! Bring on the sun!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly. I collect pigs and that one is named 'Flat Pig'. He's carved wood and always sits somewhere near the front door.
      As for the weather...it's raining again here. :(
      Thanks for visiting and good luck with your new blog!

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  3. Your little bookcase looks perfect! I think you made a smart decision about the shelves.

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. I hope I did. Time will tell if my theory holds up.
      I'm so glad you stopped by. Have a great week!

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  4. Looks great!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

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    1. Thank you, Helen - always a lovely party at Pleasures of the Northwest!

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  5. Lovely and cheerful in blue #InspireMeMonday

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    1. Thank you. It is one of my favorite colors!

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  6. That is a pretty color for a bookcase... can be quite the accent color in a room!

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    1. Thank you. It matches the other pieces I painted for all of my craft supplies - I decided to go bold!
      So glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  7. That is gorgeous, I love the bright colour!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. It really does 'pop', doesn't it?

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  8. Beautiful color! It's perfect for the scrapbooks!

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  9. Thank you, Sarah. I was careful to find one that had tall enough shelves for scrapbooks. I'm so glad you stopped by - comeback again soon!

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  10. What a great idea. I scrapbook and I have a book case just waiting to be refinished. The initial plan was to refinish and sell, lol. Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. It looks like you'll be keeping that bookcase, Rhonda - happy to inspire!
      Thanks for stopping by - come back again soon.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts at Over The Moon Party.
    See you next week.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thanks, Bev. Looking forward to it!

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  12. That blue is just lovely, such a vibrant colour.
    Great tip for the shelves and the 'non wax' method. what a sensible idea.

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    1. Wax is great, I'm just not sure how durable it is on surfaces that get wear & tear.
      I'm so glad you stopped by - hope to see you again soon!

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  13. What a great color, Ann! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  14. Love the colour you chose for the bookcase.

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