IMG_8520I had this bookcase for while and was planing to up-cycle, but was always leaving behind. In a Sunday afternoon while my husband was fixing a few things around the house, I decided was time to do it. I thought, it’s now or never.


The top was cracked when I’ve got it from a Freecycler and whoever did the job, tried their best, I believe, but the result wasn’t quite the way I wanted. So I had to unglue the 2 pieces of wood and glue it again, then fill the gap with wood filler, sanded down, before I start painting.

I didn’t want to spend much time on this bookcase, so I went for the fastest route. I didn’t sanded down the rest of the bookcase, only the top. Then I’ve removed the 2 removable shelves (the middle one was fixed), and the top was already removed.


I’ve gave one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen on the frame inside and out, and a coat of Graphite on the inside back panel and the fixed shelf. I finished with clear wax in almost the entire piece except the fixed shelf which I’ve finished with a coat of lacquer for more durability. I’ve also gave a light sand on corners and edges for a distressed look. IMG_8530

With 2 years working with furniture up-cycling I’ve found out that applying wax with a round brush is easier than applying with a cloth, and the result is way better.

The 2 removable shelves I’ve decide to leave in natural wood, for a bit of warm touch, and applied a coat of dark walnut wax for a darker tone than pine.


Than I’ve stylised with vintage old books and a bit of texture with wooden boxes, wicker baskets, glassware and lanterns with candle and sand. That’s it, a job made in one afternoon and one morning.

It doesn’t matter what size of furniture I’m working, even if it’s small and I can finished in the same day, like this bookcase, but I always finish the furniture on the following day. I like to leave the paint to dry overnight, even with a paint that dries quite fast, like Annie Sloan. I like to let the paint settle well on the wood before applying the wax or lacquer.

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