“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.”
As many of you know, I love all things beach. Both my boys have nautical rooms. You’ve seen some photos of Conor’s room already and John’s is done in red, blue and ticking stripe. I have a few more things to paint in his room and then I’ll be doing a big reveal.
So when a friend showed me a book shelf she wanted spiffed up and said she wanted something nautical, I had the perfect picture in my mind.
Here is how it came out:
|Nautical Book Shelf (After)|
She really loved John’s union flag bureau and I thought this same color combination would work great in her boys’ bedroom, which has a nautical theme.
You may want to see the before picture. She picked this treasure up at a yard sale and it has sat in the garage for several years. Here is what it looked like before:
There were knots shining through everywhere and it needed a good clean:
Before I even started to paint, I washed the whole piece down. I first washed it with mineral spirits then denatured alcohol and rinsed with warm water. Once it was dry, I took Zinsser Bulls Eye Odorless Primer and spot primed all the knots.
The whole piece got several coats of ASCP in Old White.
Then I did several coats of Emperor’s Silk on the two sides of the book shelf. Beautiful Napoleonic Blue for the oar and detailing at the top. I simply love that navy blue. So beautiful.
|Gorgeous Napoleonic Blue|
Two coats of clear wax and then buffed for a high gloss. Oh, and I stenciled a lighthouse on the oar. It just needed something.
|Lighthouse Stencil by Martha Stewart|
Here is the finished book shelf:
From the side:
Oh, and I forgot to show you a really fun feature. The wooden door opens and it becomes a desk!
|Nautical Bookshelf (After)|
Isn’t that cool? I can’t wait to hear what her boys thought of their new ocean inspired piece of furniture. So happy to help revive this, especially with a nautical twist.