I was given this lawyer’s bookcase by a client who was downsizing. Now, if you are familiar with these bookcases, you know that they are independent units that stack. This one, in particular, had a base, 2 separate units for shelves and the top. Additionally, the glass doors hang freely on the hardware. As precarious as all this may sound, once they are stacked together they are sturdy and they are AWESOME!
The finish was showing wear and tear and needed some repairs, but the bones were great and it was begging for a makeover.
The decision to paint a portion of the bookcase was made for me, as some of the repairs required filler that would have been visible with stain. However, I really wanted to maintain some stained wood on the piece. I decided to strip and refinish the top, shelves and the frames of the doors.
The rest of the body I painted with Waverly’s mineral chalk paint. For contrast, I painted the back (with I had to replace completely) a deep green.
This old piece is ready for a new life, with its fresh face and nod to the past.