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Room Therapy: Renovating a Bookcase

Bluesuze recently posted a picture of an old bookcase in need of a new look in the group Vintage/Antique Furniture Wabi Sabi.

She writes

I picked this old bookcase/china cabinet up a few years ago. It has since moved around my house but has found a place in my living room. The colors don't go at all, it's a forest green and my walls are a light tan, and my furniture colors are dark cranberries and browns. I guess I'm just sick of looking at it but don't know where to start.

To hear my suggestion and to leave your own idea for Bluesuze, just

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This is a lovely piece of furniture, Bluesuze. I'd first determine whether or not the bookcase is solid wood. If it is, it might be a good candidate for stripping, sanding, and refinishing. A natural wood would look lovely with your color scheme and would really make any books or objects you place inside the bookcase stand out. However, if you'd rather simply paint this bookcase, I'd suggest a rich chocolate brown, which would complement your other furniture colors. I'd hesitate to use a tan or taupe, given that it might wash out the bookcase when it's against your light walls and tan carpets.

A fun option for the glass doors in the cabinet would be lining them with an adhesive flim, like this one, which was used on windows.

Anthropologie also sells a variety of unusual drawer pulls and knobs that could make this bookcase stand out. Whatever you decide, definitely send in pictures of your final product!

What are your suggestions for Bluesuze?

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shopping42 shopping42 9 years
great job!
emalove emalove 9 years
I want a bookcase like this...I'm running out of room for all my books!
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
i agree about the stripping, if it's an option! and getting some great antique handles or pulls, as casa suggested, could really make it a unique piece!
squeila squeila 9 years
i'd definitely go with stripping it if it's a solid wood. It's a big and messy job (i recently did my bedside table) but worth it. v. rewarding!!
maddy123 maddy123 9 years
This cranberry-colored cabinet from Crate and Barrel looks great. It's a slightly different style than yours (no cabinet doors), but you get the idea: http://www.trendir.com/archives/000805.html
bluecanary bluecanary 9 years
Pretty cabinet! If you have the time/patience it would look great stripped and refinished. If I were to paint it I would go either bright white or cranberry - that would really stand out against your tan walls. I like the idea of faux frosting the glass too.
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