While scouring my favorite thrifting places for B’s big boy room, I stumbled upon the perfect bookshelf. I wanted it to be:
1. Small-I wanted a bookshelf short enough for him to reach all of the books and make it easy to create a cozy reading nook.
2. Worn-I wanted this to be one of the places I brought in a worn, rugged look to contrast the clean, preppy vibe.
3. Simple-The lines needed to be simple to work with the tremendous amount of woodwork on the walls.
Of course, I found my little $15 gem at, where else…ReStore. I cannot find the “before” picture to save my life, but it was pretty beaten up. I cleaned it, taking care to preserve the old wood, and got to work with one of my favorite new mediums; Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint (in Grain Sack.) I love how it turned out. The milk paint soaked into the wood and flaked perfectly, achieving a naturally worn finish. To get the milk paint, you can buy it here.
In homage to the name, I wanted to create a true “grain sack” vibe to the bookshelf. After I painted it, I rubbed it with some dark wax. I then painted a red stripe along the top and down the sides. I hand painted B’s monogram on the side as a finishing touch. Last, I sanded it for a little extra distressing.
I really liked the way the milk paint turned out. It has a very authentic feel to it and the contrast with the shiny board and batten is JUST what I was going for.
I posted a picture with all of the available colors for you all just below.