The new coat I’m referring to was for my shelf, not for me. This is a $20 Walmart bookcase Lovey bought for his bachelor pad. It’s heavy and poorly made–particle board, baby!–but it’s served its purpose for about five years and survived a couple of moves. Not bad for furniture that cost a Jackson. I invested a couple Washingtons into changing its look. I learned the
lazy way that I have to sand surfaces before painting them or all my work goes to waste.
So this time, with a sanding block that reeks of rubber (ew!), I took off what I hoped was enough of the laminate shine. Then I covered the back of the shelf with orange spray paint, hoping to make the recesses of this big box “pop” instead of remaining in spooky shadow. Seized by an impulse, I also painted the top and sides orange.
Next, I hauled the thing indoors for its makeover. I covered the day bed with a tarp and then leaned the bookcase against it so the maximum surface area lay exposed to my eager brush.
A little painter’s tape and some red lacquer later, here’s what I had:
None of the pictures show it well, but on the sides and top there are areas where the orange shows through. I thought that would add some interest to this piece and prevent it from looking like it was part of a set with the red bedside tables.
Right now the assortment of stuff in and around this shelf is very hodgepodge. I’ve gotten rid of so much stuff that I don’t really need this shelf for anything but odds and ends, which doesn’t make for the nicest display. I also have a hard time with accessories–I can dream up a scheme for furniture placement, textiles, paint, and all that, but when it’s time for art and tchotchkes I’m not sure what I want. As you can see below, I’m experimenting with placement for some wall art.
Later today I’ll post one more minor change to the bedroom decor. Look for that around lunch time!