Hello my lovely friends! I wanted to pop in to show a project I recently finished. Do you find yourself like me making a mad dash near the holidays to finish up projects that you’ve been procrastinating? Ugh, I’m so guilty of that!! This bookshelf is a prime example. It’s right near the front door of my home so when guests come in, it’s really the first thing they see. Since I moved in, it’s been styled pretty much as you see it here in this post which is fine but I’ve been meaning to paint the wood for ages and just hadn’t gotten around to it. Well, one of my goals in taking a bit of a blogging break has included having more friends over and extending more hospitality. Well, with that came the pressure to stop putting off some projects like this one and I’m so glad I finally pulled out my paint brushes and got to work! This painting makeover actually only took a couple of hours – which totally had me shaking my head wondering why I had waited so long?! Oh well. 🙂
My local Annie Sloan Chalkpaint stockist has relocated leaving me with no ASCP dealer nearby (insert hair pulling and weeping here!) but then I remembered that Greenwood Antiques & Uniques (a favorite local haunt of mine) carries CeCe Caldwell brand of paint which is supposed to be similar to ASCP. In my desperation and unwillingness to put off this project any longer, my little Emma and I headed off to the shop to pick up a can.
I have a wonderful collection of Tartanware (you may have seen it here in the November/December 2013 issue of Celebrating Everyday Life magazine) which I really wanted to display so I was thinking of painting the bookshelf either red or black. I love a pop of red but already have a small table nearby in red so black won out. Plus, while I was at the shop picking up the paint I noticed a worn but still beautiful tole lamp (below) and that clinched it for me! The black shelf with the black lamp shade will be classic and timeless – and also hopefully mean that I can leave this shelf alone for a long time while I move on to the rest of my to-do list!
In typical DIY friendly style, this paint requires no prepping or priming so I was able to crack open the can, dust off my shelf and get right to the good stuff! I chose Beckley Coal as my paint color. It’s the closest they had to black and I love it!!! It brushed on very easily and dried quickly too. One coat was enough for the look I was going for which made this even easier (and I have a TON left for more projects – yay!!). I already had a can of Annie Sloan Dark Wax on hand, so I went over the paint with that and it gave the shelf a very rich sheen – perfect!!
I found the beautiful round mirror at Target (my happy place!) and then added in just a few extra styling details – including the complete print collection of my magazine – and voila! A welcoming entry for all my visiting friends and family this holiday season!
Have you used CeCe Caldwell paint yet? Oh, and by the way, this is NOT a sponsored post 🙂 But I truly was delighted with the paint so I of course had to share it with you!
I’m working on lots of holiday projects over here and promise to be posting more soon, so please stay tuned!