Monday, September 03, 2007

Project....the homeschool bookcase

We took a very beat-up well-loved television armoire and after nearly taking it to the dump thoughtfully considering its value....we decided to make it work. Here she is before her makeover:

What I wanted was this lovely piece from Pottery Barn Kids. Of course it not only cost an arm, a leg and an ear lobe, it also cost 9-trillion bucks for shipping. It comes in every color of the rainbow but I love the white or red.

I needed a middle shelf, a paint job, some bead board and a magician.....


Chris did the carpentry and heavy lifting. Great job Daddy-O! He was a bit disturbed over the distressing part. That whole, "why'd ya have to go and mess it up?" mentality.

I painted it and I suppose because it was humid or because I am an idiot, something didn't go quite right. It looked a bit like I used Elmer's glue and Q-tips and I was in tears the first night.

Seriously. I had oversprayed the whole garage and our neighborhood and then nearly walked into the dentist office with white nose hair. I won't even visit that memory.

I had made such a horrific mess and spent the whole day doing it and now had nothing to show for it.

Insert crying jag and several bowls of Chocolate Lucky Charms.

I called our pastor's wife (aka: the pushy strong-arm who made me do this project) who sweetly surrendered the better part of the following day to come and counsel me through my ordeal......and she repainted the whole stinkin' thing.....and she distressed it.....cause she is some kind of woman.

She says she would do that for anybody, but I think I am extra-special.

Anyhoo, she did a superb job and I think it looks pretty darn good myself :)


Wendy said...

WOW! You did a GREAT job! It looks almost exactly like the one from Pottery Barn, except I like the feet on yours.

I know what you mean about PB. I always find things I love, but can't afford and the shipping is crazy!

Did you get something to replace this for the TV?

BTW, thanks so much for being an encourager to me through this marathon thing. You have been such a blessing to me!

5honeybunns said...

I love it!

Jenn said...

Forget the bookshelf, you mean there are chocolate Lucky Charms?

Tracy said...

I think this is exactally why I DON'T even try anymore! I end up in tears. This looks GREAT and I think I want your pastor's wife to come help me with a few things!

Tiffany said...

Way to go girls! Great job!!! Looks just like something I could use in my schoolroom!!!

kittyhox said...


I love everythng from the Pottery Barn catalog, but rarely order anything because of the price.

Neat idea. Trying to make something similar...

Great job!

Kim said...

Love it!!!

I just get so excited about transforming furniture like that. Great job!!!

Christina said...

It looks great, Kim!