Shades of Gray, Part 2: The Retro Modern Bookcase

I'm so excited to share the story behind today's project with you!

Recently our stash of project pieces was starting to seem a bit empty, so I went looking for a small solo project I could tackle quickly. In typical fashion, I visited one of my favorite freebie spots - it shall remain nameless (heehee!), but let's just say, we never leave disappointed :)

As usual, there were a few other folks there at the time. I had already picked up an awesome upholstered chair, when out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a little brown piece that everyone else just seemed to be passing by. I almost did too, until I spotted those tell-tale tapered legs - I knew then I was looking at something special.

I didn't know exactly what it was, but it was too good not to snatch up and pop into my trunk!

mid century modern bookcase

It took only a bit of research to learn that it was, in fact, a bookcase, and as I suspected, a mid century modern piece. And a Danish one at that! Score!

As much as I loved the original wood finish, there were so many nicks and dents to be filled that painting was a must. With the modern, clean lines, I knew this little gem would look great with a contrasting color scheme, but black and white was a bit harsher than I really wanted. Once again, it was gray to the rescue - this time, a lovely dark gray with blue undertones.

{ Did you catch Shades of Gray: Part 1? Find it here! }

With a bit of cleaning and spray paint to brighten those brass feet, the bookcase was done in less than a day!

grey and white mid century modern bookcase  
grey and white mid century modern bookcase side view

grey and white mid century modern bookcase feet close up

A small project, but one with lots of impact. Sometimes those are just what I need in life :)

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  1. I love the colors you chose and the lines of the piece! Score indeed! Pinning!

    Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness at Show Me Saturday! Please join us again this weekend!
    ~ Ashley

    1. Thanks very much! I love the lines too! We will definitely be back this weekend! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. What a cool transformation! Thanks for sharing over at ReLoved Fridays! I hope to see you next week!

    Kelsey @ The Vintage Storehouse & Co.


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