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. . . And now I present to you the finished bookcase and lamps. It’s been a little while since I had a project to work on and I didn’t realize how much I missed it. It took a little longer than normal, but I was more thorough than usual because I had other projects to work on and didn’t have to rush each one to completion. Hopefully you like what you see!

As a reminder, the short bookcase originally looked like this:
after primer:
and paint & polyurethane:
Not bad, right? I was originally planning on using a high gloss white by Ralph Lauren, but when I opened the can I found rust in the paint, so I ended up using a grey-ish semi-gloss that I bought off the “oops” rack for $5. I originally thought I was going to replace it with another very narrow table I have in my living room, but the style and color didn’t really work with what I have.  
The lamps originally looked like this:
and painted.
and finished!

I love these lamps and am so happy with the way they turned out. Now these, I’ve decided to keep for myself! They’re really tall and I don’t have a place for them yet (nor have I found shades), but I feel like I should just wait for the right place to present itself. The lamps are some kind of ceramic and have a name etched into the corner of the center block, but I can’t make it out. I keep thinking they might be my secret golden ticket. πŸ™‚ But even if they’re not, I think they’re great. I wanted the lamps to be very shiny & wet-looking, so the Home Depot people told me that Rust-Oleum Laquer would be the best product to use.
Here’s what I used:
After applying a few coats, I realized that it wasn’t shiny enough for me and applied some left over Clear Enamel spray. A few coats of that did the trick. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a wet glossy shine. I tried it on the bookcase and, I guess due to size, it didn’t turn out so well. I ended up covering it with the polyurethane and all was good, so the lesson is to use the spray for smaller items only.
I still have another bookcase left, but I’d like to cover the back panel with a wallpaper/contact paper to do something different this time. I’ve yet to find what I’m looking for, but hopefully I will soon so I can get it done. If you’re still with me by now, thanks!

12 Comments on Done!

  1. Anonymous
    October 16, 2009 at 9:51 am (9 years ago)

    I love it! I wish I had your talent, and patience.

  2. Dayka
    October 16, 2009 at 10:22 am (9 years ago)

    Thank you for the complement and the comment!!

  3. Anonymous
    October 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm (9 years ago)

    LOVE the lamps!

  4. Dayka
    October 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm (9 years ago)

    thank you! now i just need to find some large shades and a place to put them . . .

  5. Dayka
    October 26, 2009 at 11:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks! I wasn’t sure if I should get them, but so many people have had positive things to say, so I’m glad I snatched them up. Yup, I’m here in Atlanta, too. Hopefully her site is easily navigable, because I’m not sure how to link things up.

  6. Dayka
    October 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm (9 years ago)

    oh, and thanks for the tip!

  7. Mrs. Chic
    October 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Those lamps loo nice! I’m going thirfting this weekend, I hope I find some great steals like you did.

    I think Drum shades would look coo, you could buy plan ones, and then jazz the style up with fabric…

  8. Corn in My Coffee Pot
    January 2, 2010 at 1:06 am (8 years ago)

    Awesome lamps!

    I like what you did with the book shelf. Well done.

  9. Miss Mustard Seed
    January 7, 2010 at 12:03 am (8 years ago)

    Those lamps are soooo cool! I love the shape. A bold, graphic shade would put them over the top. Great work!

  10. Kelsey
    March 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm (8 years ago)

    I found you through Miss Mustard Seeds…those lamps and bookcase turned out gorgeous! Great job and I definatly think you should keep the lamps. So unique!!

  11. Paige
    March 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm (7 years ago)

    I love that your restoring with COLOR !! Me too πŸ™‚
    Found you today when googling Dorthy Draper for inspiration. Taking the vintage and turning it modern & shiny I bet would make her proud :-)))
    Keep the color – I love it too!!


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