Shabby chic bookcase and Irish ancestry

This is a 180 from my last furniture post! 
I'm smiling though because it is so how I operate- I have a good appreciation for masculine, edgy stuff as well as the fluffy, pretty girly things.

I picked up this bookcase late last week. 
It was kind of a handyman special- golden pine, pencil marks from the construction of it still visible.  It's a solid piece, and well made though.
What you won't get to appreciate though were the super awesome 1980's stickers that were plastered all over the sides.
Chewbaca and some other retro advertising for nature.

After a little lot of Goo Gone and some sanding, they finally disappeared.

First off, I removed the feet and sprayed them with Montana gold lacquer spray paint.

I still love this paint so much- it gives a super mirror like finish, in a true gold tone color.  
My Brazilian cherry floors are hiding how pretty they are, but these turned out really pretty.

I painted the body in Annie Sloan's Old White, and the interior in Antoinette.

It's been awhile since I've used Antoinette- in fact, the sample pot I used for this hasn't been opened until this project, and I think I've had it for over a year!
It's such a pretty pink with hints of a lavender undertone.
I also chose to highlight the curved waterfall edges in Antique Gold Rub n Buff.

Inside the drawer, I papered with a pink and gold design.  
Kind of a nice surprise, and it hides the not so pretty wood that was originally in here.

I just used clear wax to seal.
This was a fun weekend project, and it's now available at Aunt Bee's House.

I have another piece I'm halfway done with, and looking forward to working on more later today!


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd share with you a fun bit of ancestry I came across a few months ago.

I was doing some research on the Biggins family name, mostly to see if there were any family crests associated with it.  
What I came across was so fun and such a surprise, I wanted to show you this photo:

photo credit: Peter Biggins family ancestry
The photo on the left is a bar in Ireland, and the proprietor's name is John Biggins (also my husband's name, but spelled without an H).
It is the oldest continuously operating bar in Ballinrobe, Ireland.

The shop on the left is a dress shop, owned by the sister of John Biggins!
I think this is a sign we need to travel to Ireland and get our pictures in front of these shops!

Have a fun and safe St. Patty's Day.

xo Denise

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1 comment

  1. love this! love the touches of gold and the shape- so glamorous and girly!


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