Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Barrister Bookshelf Makeover

I heart this piece of furniture!  This is another one my mom found treasure hunting and brought to me (got to love her!).  It is called a barrister bookcase, lawyer bookcase, or sectional bookcase.  What makes it different is that is comes apart layer by layer.   I wish I knew how old this one was but from what I can tell it was made between 1920 and 1940. 
This two shelf model happens to actually be in 4 pieces.   Top, bottom, and the two shelves.  This is so you can add on to your shelf.

I was thinking maybe I shouldn't have painted this one but the top, sides and legs were not in great shape.  Of course, my before pictures were lost when my computer crashed so the best I can do is this one of it all covered in Easter pretties.  You get this jist!
You can see the wood was not a great color.  Kind of faded and dull.  Once I got it apart I realized the outside had actually been painted once before... this 'great' brown.  All the painters guilt immediately went away!

The doors life up and push back into the piece.

Look left!!!  Sneak peak into the Entry Closet Makeover!!  Its now 90% finished and I'll reveal later this week!

Styled with a few of Will's grandfathers old medical books from the 40's.  Hilarious advice in some of these and they seem like they just belong in here and could have really been sitting on this shelf in his office.

Rebekah and I share a love of orchids and they are the perfect addition to any room!  See her "Decorating With Orchids" post here.

The paint color used on the outside is an extremey pale grey.  It is called Big Chill by Sherwin Williams.  The inside is a green with a tinge of grey called Willow Tree by Sherwin Williams. 
This piece is in my entryway sitting beside the new closet makeover and the whole foyer is soon to be completed!!  Now I just need a super awesome mirror to hang over it, some hardwarde and a last coat of paint on the new bench, and a cleaning service to help get the dust out of my house from all the sanding and cutting!


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  1. GOOD JOB..Mom has great taste!
    See you at:
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  2. Great redo! Love the white and the anler is AWESOME :)

    Would love for you to visit and follow me too :) Tanya

  3. Okay, that is the coolest thing. It is beautiful with paint! I feel your pain on the computer crash. Just earlier I thought I had had a crash and hadn't backed up all month. I freaked out. I managed to recover for now, but have had "The Crash" with huge losses before. So sad. Thanks for sharing this piece. I found you at Stringtown Home.

  4. This is too cute. Would love for you to share it on my linky party!
    Thanks, Marcie

  5. So pretty! Love how you transformed it!

  6. I have never seen a bookshelf like this - so cool!

  7. I love that bookshelf - and all the decor on it! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesday.

  8. The book case looks gorgeous with its new coat of paint, really brightens it up.

  9. Oh my what a wonderful improvement! It looks like a totally different piece of furniture. Great piece, great job! Found you through Share your cup Thursday, thanks for sharing!

  10. My parents have several of these that were once my grandmothers. there is no chance of me walking out of the house alive with these....lol

  11. This is a fabulous makeover!
    Stopping by from the Crafty, Scrappy, Happy party :-)

  12. This is a gorgeous piece! I love how you have styled it as well. Megan

  13. It's so beautiful! Found you via Happy Hour Projects!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  14. Great redo - it needed a new dress of paint. I've always had a fondness for barrister bookcases. I know just the spot I would put one if I ever found a great bargain. Of course, I'd be painting mine black with red undertones. So glad I dropped by today.

  15. I love how the glass opens on the bookshelf. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Flaunt It Friday! :) Hope you will come back and visit!

    @ www.dottedlinecrafts.com

  16. What a great mom. This is a wonderful piece. I think the white paint just shows it off even more. Love, love it! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  17. Beautiful, great job accessorizing too!

    @ Creatively Living

  18. LOVE the redo. I have got to get the nerve to redo some furniture! Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday.

  19. That is a really awesome book case! Love the color combination and it's beautifully decorated. Glad you didn't suffer with painter's guilt!

  20. Very cool!! I wish I had one too. It looks gorgeous, thank you so much for sharing. -K

  21. Hi, I just found your project as I am undertaking the same one. Did you remove the glass doors before you painted? It seems difficult to do with the mechanism that's used. I would really appreciate any tips about it. Thanks!

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