Thursday, August 15, 2013

Vintage Conant Ball Bookcase

Everyone, this is one of those pieces of furniture that is just amazing. Solid, fantastic construction that I literally picked it up for nothing while my husband and I were out looking for tag sales a couple of weekends ago. Seriously, I got such a great deal he didn't even believe me that it was actually wood at first.

But, there is was...horribly worn finish, yes, but all original pieces and signed. Sigh.

I knew that I wanted to paint it a fun color, but minimally distress it. Pieces from this era are just too modern for lots of fussing and distressing.

 I painted the piece a deep royal/navy blue and, when dry, just barely distressed the edges to show some natural wear. I wanted to accent the feet and break up all the blue so I painted them the palest shade of gray and gave them just a bit of a heavier distressed look for contrast.
Here's a before shot for comparison.

 And, after. I love pieces that are so versatile. I can picture this equally in a child's room or in a vintage inspired living room or office.

The sweet globe, which lights up, by the way was a recent thrift store score. Pure vintage goodness!
This is just one of the pieces that will be for sale next weekend when I open up my garage and sell all the fun things I've been collecting and working on this summer.
If you're local be sure to stop by on the 24th!

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  1. totally love this! love the white legs!

  2. I sure wish I could be there when you open your garage door...I'd have so much fun! I love the legs on it too!

  3. Love it! You picked the perfect colors for this piece.

  4. Love your transformation. That color is perfect! Very well done.

  5. What a beautiful blue. :) I love that middle shelf added in there, too.

  6. I really like the blue you picked to re-do it in. The white feet, perfect.

  7. Love the white legs against the blue dresser. Come link to centerpiece Wednesday and share this post with us.


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