I had no intention of keeping this cute vintage bookcase for myself when I found it on a recent treasure hunting trip in Pennsylvania. In fact, I had it for sale upstairs in our flea market attic at our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg, VA.
But every time I walked past it, I thought to myself:
That is a great piece of furniture. I wonder where I can put it in my house…
I kept thinking about it as a bookcase…
I really don’t need another bookcase…
But I really loved the shape of this little bookcase.
Then one day I thought:
Aha! That cute little bookcase would make a great china cabinet!
And it is perfect for my purple dishes.
I love dishes! I love them so much—and have so many dishes around my house—you would think I love to cook.
I don’t. I just love to collect and decorate with dishes.
Those pretty purple dishes have been sitting in the box ever since.
I loved them, but I just didn’t have a place to display them. It made me feel bad to see them sitting in the box because they are really pretty.
Every time we go treasure hunting, I am on the lookout for a hutch or sideboard for the purple dishes, but I really don’t have room for another large piece of furniture like that in my dining room.
I needed to come up with a different idea.
The bookcase was perfect—but first it needed an All Things New Again Make-Over!
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I started by painting the bookcase white using Real Milk Paint Company’s non-toxic milk paint. We recently started carrying this line of eco-friendly milk paint in the shop and we’ve been having fun painting with it.
Here’s a new industrial table/cart Dave created out of an old wooden toolbox, rusty wheels and a caster. He painted the box with Real Milk Paint Company’s Raw Umber. It soaked right into the raw wood and looks like it has been that color forever.
Here’s my new bookcase/china cabinet looking all white and chippy and wonderful:
I removed the backing and painted it with American Paint Company’s Cameo, a pink so soft, it almost looks white. Then I took a vintage lace curtain panel and Mod Podged it over the backing. I painted the lace Cameo as well.
The cabinet came with these beautiful backplates, which I also painted with Cameo. The knobs were missing so I added pink crystal knobs.
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