Shades of Gray, Part 2: The Retro Modern Bookcase

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I’m so excited to share the story behind today’s project with you!


Recently our stash of project pieces was starting to seem a bit empty, so I went looking for a small solo project I could tackle quickly. In typical fashion, I visited one of my favorite freebie spots – it shall remain nameless (heehee!), but let’s just say, we never leave disappointed 🙂

As usual, there were a few other folks there at the time. I had already picked up an awesome upholstered chair, when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a little brown piece that everyone else just seemed to be passing by. I almost did too, until I spotted those tell-tale tapered legs – I knew then I was looking at something special.

I didn’t know exactly what it was, but it was too good not to snatch up and pop into my trunk!

mid century modern bookcase


It took only a bit of research to learn that it was, in fact, a bookcase, and as I suspected, a mid century modern piece. And a Danish one at that! Score!

As much as I loved the original wood finish, there were so many nicks and dents to be filled that painting was a must. With the modern, clean lines, I knew this little gem would look great with a contrasting color scheme, but black and white was a bit harsher than I really wanted. Once again, it was gray to the rescue – this time, a lovely dark gray with blue undertones.

{ Did you catch Shades of Gray: Part 1? Find it here! }


With a bit of cleaning and spray paint to brighten those brass feet, the bookcase was done in less than a day!

grey and white mid century modern bookcase 
grey and white mid century modern bookcase side view


grey and white mid century modern bookcase feet close up
 
A small project, but one with lots of impact. Sometimes those are just what I need in life 🙂
 
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