A little bookshelf and farmhouse love

Have you ever just stopped and thought…

What the hell have I done?

Well I have those moments way too often.

Let’s take for example this little bookshelf I found about a year or so ago. I picked it up from the Goodwill for $5.00.  It was in terrible shape. You’ll have to take my word for it because I totally don’t have a before pic.

Anyway, I decided to paint it black. Yes I was on a paint kick and went to painting everything black. It was okay for a while but OH. MUAH. GAWD. at the dust that it shows. Every stinking day I was having to dust. And I hate dusting. But then again…does anybody really love to dust? If you do…you’re lying.


So now that I’m semi-sane again I’ve decided to give everything a fresh coat of white paint. Chalk paint to be exact. And again, I’m cheap and I’m lazy so instead of showering and going out to find chalk paint, I just mix my own. I use 1 cup flat paint, 1/2 cup plaster of paris and 1/2 warm water. Mix it together and BOOM. Chalk paint.

I didn’t sand nor prime this piece. I also didn’t remove the lace that I have previously mod podged over the top of it. I told you I was lazy.



Crappy Iphone pics I know but my camera was way upstairs and that was just required too much.

I painted right over the lace and I love how it turned out.


I distressed in some spots and totally am in love with how the black comes through instead of the raw wood.


I put this little bookshelf in my dining room underneath the window. I’m not certain it’ll stay there because I move furniture almost every day.  I don’t know why I can’t be satisfied.

I blame Pinterest.


I also blame Pinterest for all the cute farmhouse styles and signs.

See that tin box on the top shelf. Well I picked that up from a little thrift and antique shop along with the tiny recipe box on the second shelf. The tin box was in terrible shape and so was the recipe box. But nothing that a little chalk paint couldn’t handle.


I used colored chalk to transfer the graphics to the boxes. Then I filled in my outlines with a paint pen. After it was dry I lightly sanded over them with a sanding block.

I think they turned out pretty cute. Maybe a little crooked but still cute. Whatever.



I don’t live on a farm and have no desire too. I’m not fond of farm animals AT ALL. They smell. But just because I don’t live on a farm doesn’t mean that my house can’t look like a farmhouse. It’s a farmhouse style and I love it. I love the simplicity and cleanliness look. I also love how it looks in the snow. Although I hate snow. It’s too cold. And we know how I feel about the cold. Hate it.





Snow makes for a pretty picture but really…that’s about it.

Thank goodness Spring is on the way.

Now…gotta go. Gotta drop 20 pounds before Spring.

But that’s another post for another day.


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2 thoughts on “A little bookshelf and farmhouse love

  1. I like it in white! I agree that black tables show every bit of dust immediately! Love the Eggs graphics too.

    Visiting from That DIY Party. Great to find your blog!

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