This French Provincial Painted Book Shelf was found in “Dain” City, a southern suburb of Welland, Ontario in the Niagara Region. This area is super unique in that it’s sandwiched between the Welland River and the man-made Welland Canal. The couple that I purchased it from had their front porch facing the river and in the backyard ships in the canal were a regular viewing during summer hours. Pretty cool.
I really couldn’t make up my mind as to what to do with this shelving unit. It’s the perfect size for a little girl’s room to house her books and teddys. It would also be very chic as a drink mixing bar in the living room. Either way, this piece will make a huge statement in any room.
I started by stripping and sanding the lovely top surface that is solid walnut. I chose the General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain to finish it. I also added General Finishes High Performance Waterbased polyacrylic finish.
For the piece-de-resistance, I used this lovely Creative Covering Adhesive by Con-Tact. I typically use this product in drawers or shelves to pretty them up but couldn’t resist putting it on the back of the bookcase for that added touch of interest. The perfect pairing for the adhesive was my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey.
I just love the way it turned out!
Measures: 42″W x 13″D x 34″H
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