Why don't I talk about bookshelves more often? They add height to a room and critical vertical storage. I guess because I don't have a HUGE book collection, I don't think about just how awesome these pieces of furniture are. Bookshelves are like the Jan of the Brady bunch and dressers the Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. In fact, with the exception of the white triplets from my own home, this is the first time I've refinished shelves to sell!
It's hard to tell, but this piece was originally as glossy as a 90's kitchen cabinet. And the base painted (not stained!!) a fake brown. Womp womp. So first order of business was stripping off the polyurethane and the stain and sealing it with a Danish oil instead.
Barrister bookcases (also known as lawyer's bookshelves) are handy because they have glass doors to protect from dust. Which makes them perfect for protecting your books or other precious collections. When staging this piece, my first thought wasn't actually to use books. This is partly because I don't have a big juicy book collection, but mostly because of a photo my dear friend Amanda from Our Storied Home recently posted on Instagram:
Genius way to display the all-precious shoe collection no? I mean, WOW-ZA! (And who wants dibs on those red satin peep-toes?!?!) But alas, I actually have less shoes than I have books - so I styled with books after all and filled in any spaces with my plant children.
The Danish oil is a nice contrast from the original "plasticky" finish. It gives it something a little softer and (as I like to call it) buttery.
I also completely stripped the paint finish off the base and custom-mixed a new stain to match.
And switched out the original yellowy brass knobs to splurge for more modern pulls from anthropologie.
What's $7 for a knob when you only need three lol?!?
This Barrister Boy is an original Hale bookcase - which means he was made in the USA and is built for versatility: the top, the three units, and the base are all stackable so you can add, subtract, and rearrange them however you please!
Each glass pane slides up and stiows away for easy access to your displayed goodies.
And in my case (pun so intended), I'm showing off Big Jade, Tuscon the Succulent Garden, Melvin the awkward leafy thing, Penelope the String of Pearls, Little Jade, and the Jades' cousin Jasper.
And for the record, all my plant kiddos are still alive and (mostly) well.
Black Thumb out.
3 Shelf Barrister Bookcase (Barrister Boy)
34"W X 14"D x 60"H
Price: $425 SOLD
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