I have been in the process of slowly cleaning out the unnecessary clutter in preparation for the new year. Each time I think of throwing something away or passing it off to Goodwill, I ask myself the following questions:
Why am I getting rid of this item?
Will I need this in the future?
Can I update the item, and put it to use now?
If the answers to questions 2 and 3 are NO, it's off to the donation pile. But one should never underestimate the transforming power of paint.
Meet my subject.
I purchased this bookshelf from Target for Mateo's room when he was a baby. It's not exceptional quality, and the slightest nick reveals cheap particle board lurking under the espresso finish. What can I expect for $100? Once it started showing it's age, I moved it to the playroom to succumb to even more abuse.
Now, I need a shelf for Baby Luca. I have an obsession right now with lightening up every dark piece of furniture in my home. I knew I wanted to do a contrasting color for the back of the shelves and high-gloss white for the exterior. I found this perfect shade of chartreuse for the back of the bookcase - Glidden's Olive Oil. It looks a little more yellow in this picture, but in person it has a tinge of green.
The chartreuse color makes me smile. It's so bright and sunny, and coordinates perfect with the new artwork. I purchased this original mixed media print at the Goodwill auction for $15!
....Well hello Mr. Sock Monkey
Look at the amazing reflective qualities of this paint. I used Glidden's Trim & Door paint in antique white. It's a little tricky to get used to, as it is a gel-based product. I highly recommend watching the tutorials, but I will definitely be using it again. Another downfall is that it took for-evahhh to dry - it wasn't hardened to the touch for at least 24 hrs. Well worth the wait in my opinion.
I have a few more things in the works right now. Luca's room is constantly changing as I am still figuring out what I really need, but I will post more pictures of his space in the near future.
Look at that face.....
He will be 9 months in 2 days! (tear) I can't believe how fast time flies.