A couple of months ago I posted this picture on Facebook and asked whether or not I should paint the bookcase that lives in the nursery?

Pine bookcase vintage nursery

It was a controversial question!

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In the end there were over 60 replies!  Some of you LOVE wood in it’s natural form and didn’t care about the stains.

Mug stains on wood Some suggested I sand the whole thing down and re-stain (to those people I say – reeeeeeaaaalllly?  Right now?  Right now you’re lucky if I’ve brushed my teeth let alone sanded down furniture 😀 )  Some liked the idea of green, yellow, sky blue and hot pink also got a mention.

Hot pink distressed bookcase mary poppins to kill a mockingbird ukelele pink roses cath kidston curtains

Bethany actually has a distressed, hot pink bookcase in her room.  It was mine when I was a teenager and is made out of old floor boards – now it’s hers and she’s filled it with books since she was a toddler. It’s been home to lots of bedtime stories and treasure like interesting rocks or leaves!  Now Eric Carle has been replaced by John Green 😊 This is a piece of furniture that holds fond memories for us both.

Hot pink bookcase vintage
I really felt like Dorothy needed a brightly coloured piece too – something that she could look back on and say “I’ve had this since I was tiny”.

So I made a decision….and…..I went for yellow.

Vintage yellow bookcase retro nursery painted furniture books children

I took on board everyone’s advice about grubby little fingers and used a wipe clean kitchen paint instead of an emulsion or chalk paint (which is my usual go-to paint).  This one’s called sunshine yellow and I think it adds a really warm, retro look to the room.

Aloce in wonderland flamingo vintage wooden toy

The bookcase was gifted to me by a very generous neighbour called Kate when I moved into mine and Beth’s first home – a twee pink cottage in Suffolk.  So it already has some nice memories attached for me.  Now I think it’s the perfect place to keep Dottie’s growing collection of vintage story books…

Vintage ladybird childrens book bookcase rainbow zippy noddy

…and modern ones to of course 🙂

 Childrens books

What do you think?   Do you think I made the right decision?  What colour would you have chosen?

Love Rachel

x

  • Rachel Booth

    I would have perhps gone with a powdery blue – and kept the rest of the paint for later, I might have waxed a bit too for a distress finish – you are inspiring me to paint my 80’s orange sideboard I have had over 10 yrs and always meant to paint…. but the yellow is a pretty colour 🙂

    • VintageFolly

      mmm see I love powder blue but there’s so much of it in her room already – I really needed to break it up 🙂

  • Madeeha

    Aww.. it looks lovely. I love diy projects and transformation

    • VintageFolly

      Me too – love brightening up the house for next to no money!

  • Emma Egan

    That’s such a beautiful shade of yellow, you definitely made the right choice!!

    • VintageFolly

      Thanks Emma – i love yellow x