Home and Family

Reclaiming my shelves

October 3, 2017

Back in 2006, when I was a single lady with 2 cats and a cozy, girly apartment, I was given this lovely piece.

(from this post)

Long story short, the apartment was all white and I decided to get a bunch of red accessories to make it pop. And it did and it looked amazing and I will always be proud of what I built there.

And now it’s 11 years later and I am a married lady with a husband and 75 pounds of spaniels. We have a home that came painted a very warm gray and my tastes have changed. (there was also some compromise) I still have the red sofa – I’m blogging from it now!

I didn’t want to toss the red shelves because they were a gift that meant a lot to me. However, they didn’t match anything. I gently stored them in the garage until I could find a place for it.

But…I had a place. My house. If only there was a way to change something’s color…

Goodbye, red.

It took many stinking coats of paint to cover the red.

In progress

I had one painting session dedicated to painting the fiddly floral scrollwork at the top. I had to get a special brush and all. I even replaced the hooks.

If you see tinges of red, it’s because you’re on drugs or seeing things. THERE IS NO MORE RED.

I’m so happy with how it turned out. I don’t know what I’ll actually put on it (dead pets have been moved elsewhere; see above re: compromise), but it looks fantastic in our dining room and it’s a callback to the little red and white apartment in the human filing cabinet that I once called home.

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