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?
It was a controversial question!
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.
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.
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 Now Eric Carle has been replaced by John Green ?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.
So I made a decision….and…..I went for yellow.
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.
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…
…and modern ones to of course 🙂
What do you think? Do you think I made the right decision? What colour would you have chosen?