While I usually don’t have a problem painting wooden furniture, I did hesitate at the start of this bookcase makeover when Lila’s mom told me it had been hand-built by her grandfather.
He’d done a beautiful job staining and sealing the wood, and even added a decorative square trim around the top. Was she sure about painting it? Yup. OK then — I’d paint it.
I was partway through a room makeover for Lila that also involved painting a hand-me-down makeup table and a chair to go with it.
Lila’s furniture was a pretty shade of cream, so I’d painted the makeup table to match. (And a dresser. Stay tuned for that.)
It made sense to paint the bookcase to match the rest of the furniture — making it look like one set — but I wanted a pop of colour on the inside for fun. I lugged the bookcase home and set it up in my basement studio.
The finish was dark (even darker than it had looked in Lila’s room), so I settled in for a marathon painting session …