Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Painting the Bookshelf: Day One

Remember this ugly dark room with that dark paneling? Well, we are in the middle of changing it to a brighter happier room. So far we've taken down the paneling, dry walled it and painted it. I will show the complete room when it is finished. Today I will show day one of painting the built in book shelf.
The bookshelf had a very dark stain covering it. I used a sander to rough it up and remove some of the stain. It took me all morning to do this.
I was tired when I finally finished, but happy that it turned out very well.
I pulled out all the drawers and took the hardware off so I could sand and paint them too. Notice that there is some sort of sticker or something on the bottom of the shelf. I will show that in detail at the end of the post. It's kind of cool.
I probably should not have removed the little door as putting it back was not easy.
My kitchen looked like this for awhile.
I placed my camera inside the bottom of the shelf and flipped the picture so I could read this. This bookshelf was apparently constructed with old boards from a crate; a Band-Aid crate. When I zoomed in it said 1926. Our house was built in 1913, so the shelf was obviously added later. I love stuff like this.
After wiping down the shelf with a damp cloth I painted the whole thing with primer. This took me the whole afternoon. I am so tired, but sooooo happy for all that I accomplished. I think I will paint it a creamy white. Later I will post the painted and completed shelf. I'm sad about the election, but I know that our Lord appoints leaders for His purposes. We must trust in Him even though we do not understand. The Lord's plans and thoughts are higher than our thoughts and plans. He does things that amaze us and we will see all He will do. Have a good day, Ladies. Kathi
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." Colossians 3:23


Jan Parrish said...

Great job. Looks so much brighter!

edie+steve said...

Hi Kathi! I found your blog from Mabel's House and seems we're both paiting book shelves this week! I'm exhausted too. Enjoyed snoopin' around your blog.

Elena said...

Good job on the self! I agree with you on the election! I'm sad but trusting the Lord in all things. Have a great day! Elena

grey like snuffie said...

That sounds like a lot of work. Can't wait to see more. Our country certainly needs healing and unity after all this election stuff. I'm thankful that whatever future I may imagine God will be there---whatever He allows...we may not like, but I trust that it will have eternal consequences in awakening people to Him.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Kathi, The bookcase is looking great! I bet you're glad you decided to paint it. I can't wait to see the finished project. I agree about the election. But, I trust in God!! Hugs, Terrie

Strawberry Blonde said...

I love the shelf and what a need find with the sticker. I, too, love things with a story. It will be so beautiful once you have completed.

-- Brandi

Mrs.Ruiz said...

How come all the prayer didnt work?:(

Rue said...

Hi Kathi :)

My pantry (albeit much smaller) looks like that too right now. It's so not like me either! I think it's on my list for tomorrow :)

The shelves look wonderful and how neat that you found the sticker!

I'm not happy either, but I think there's a lesson coming from it soon.


Sharon said...

Wow Kathi! That is a lot of work and it looks so much better! I love how light and bright it is looking. I love that Bandaid sign, did you pry it off so you can display it somewhere? How cool is that? I wonder if there are other things hidden in the house!

We are sad about the election too, but Jesus is our leader and we will do as He calls us to do, we will pray for our leaders.

Love you so much!

Laura said...

Fabulous blog! I just found it through Mabel's House. :D

Michelle said...

Hi Kathi~

Yes, great job on the shelf...I really like it painted lighter, too!

I agree with you that the Lord's plans/thoughts are higher than ours...He is still in control!



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