In a dark-dark corner of the Parlour in a little Bookshop, lived several dark wood bookcases.
The largest of these, formed one of two ‘Bookshelf-ends’ to the table where customers sit, read, drink coffee and generally put the world to rights. It’s a cosy and convivial atmosphere here, and we love it. The books seem to inspire conversations in a magical way.
All our furniture is pre-loved. Gathered from Charity shops around Freshwater, and immediately populated with books. In the picture, there’s Poetry (glass fronted cabinet above) and Politics with Winston Churchill a-top some of the books concerning his life and times.
Convivial we like- convivial is good- but a bit too much ramshackle on the dark-wood bookcase front, nah. Time to get to work on these two pieces. One is Victorian, with a lovely carved moulding at the top- let's see what we can do with...
Here we go, first I mixed up some Websters chalk powder with a blue-ish hued off-white paint. One coat of this was applied first.
I did the same with the second bookcase, and then to marry the two together a bit better- I mixed up some grey paint and added a coat of this to the top and sides of one bookcase, and the sides of the other. Then, I glued some old discarded book pages onto the shelves (I am to be excused- the books were far beyond repair, and not first editions!)
Next task- much waxing and polishing was done. A mixture of tinted waxes in parts, and clear in others.
Finally, there was a chicken on top of the bookcase earlier. He didn't look right in this new setting.
So, I used up the last of the grey chalk paint on him. More on the chicken- in the next post. Meanwhile...
Et voila, a new fresher corner to the Bookshop. Thank-you Websters!