Nothing A Little Stripper Can't Fix

December 8th, 2011 in member junk     
CleverJunk CleverJunk, member
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Vintage Bookcase with Leaded Glass Doors

Vintage Bookcase with Leaded Glass Doors

Photo: Sherri Spear

I wish I had a before picture of this sweet little bookcase.  I had to be convinced to buy it and I'm usually game for just about anything.  The previous owner had sloppily painted over many layers of paint with a high gloss enamel dark brown paint and then proceeded to sloppily paint over all the original lead with silver metallic paint and then continued with the silver metallic paint on the interior and shelves.  I started by stripping the paint off the lead glass doors to see if there was any hope.  After a gallon of stripper and lots of scraping, I found that there were so many layers of paint that it was creating a beautiful effect.  Once it got to a point where I liked the look, I sanded then used a stain with sealer.  I painted the inside in a more neutral wheat color.  I love this piece for my collection of old books and am so glad I was talked into this piece.  The decorative accessory on top was intended to be a bookend but I liked how it looks on top.  It's made from a chippy scrap of dog earred fence board and a vintage wall sconce that used to be painted black and then white.  I chipped most of the paint off and waxed it; then added a porcelain clock knob to cover an existing whole in the fixture. 

Pattern or design used: My own design - Sherri Spear
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, furniture, living room, brown, paint

Comments (9)

Stonesthrow writes: Great job, I just love the leaded window doors!
Posted: 6:10 am on December 19th
CottageElements writes: Looks like a lot of love went into this project. It turned out great!

Lani Posted: 8:40 pm on December 11th
MakinItHappen writes: Wow, you have a lot more patience than I do! Anyway, looks like it paid off. Great!!! Posted: 12:55 pm on December 11th
shamrockerin writes: LOVE this! very jealous of your fantastic find and the way you fixed it up. Posted: 11:41 am on December 11th
suewhitney writes: Wow...a labor of love with a fabulous end result! Great job!

Be Well,

Posted: 9:32 am on December 11th
mysalvagedtreasures writes: You have to wonder what they were thinking. It was a real labor of love on your part, but well worth it. It's gorgeous! Posted: 6:00 pm on December 10th
gadgetsponge writes: Looks very charming. I can't believe they painted the lead. Great job! Posted: 7:44 am on December 10th
JunkArchitect writes: turned out fantastic! The books give it such a classy junk look.

Posted: 8:21 am on December 9th
MimiToria writes: Looks like you made a HUGE save on this piece of furniture. It turned out great! Way to go... I'm sure you'll have years and years of enjoyment out of it too and its so useful as well. Happy accidents sometimes turn out to be the best surprises. I had one of my own that I'm still enjoying the fruits of my labor from.
Thanks for sharing and happy holidays to you...
Gretchen Posted: 8:09 am on December 9th
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