This post is sponsored by Poppie’s Paint Powder and Daddy Van’s Wax.
This cute little children’s bookcase has been sitting in my garage for about a year. It had aqua blue paint that was peeling off. I wasn’t sure what to do with it and I really didn’t feel like stripping it down to give it a much needed makeover so I just let it sit and sit and sit some more. It ended up being a great place to hold Air Soft equipment for the boys and paint cans for me. And for taking up space in our garage. The hubs gave me an earful about that a time or two which I just turned a deaf ear on it. Like seriously, does he really need that little patch of garage flooring for something??? I think not.
I offered the bookcase to my sister-in-law when I found out she was going to have a baby, but again, it took me forever to get motivated to paint this sucker. Instead of doing it during the cool months, I decided to wait until June when it was hot and humid.
And yes, I regretted every second of that decision as sweat poured off me while I worked in the garage.
Stripping and Prepping
I applied a coat of Citrustrip and let it sit for several hours before using a putty knife to scrape off the paint residue.
At this point I decided it would be much easier to remove the backing and I would highly recommend doing this prior to starting!
I used mineral spirits and steel wool to remove stubborn paint and then I sanded the entire bookcase to give it a smooth finish. I vacuumed it to remove the sanding dust. Then I wiped it down with mineral spirits and a clean cloth to make sure it was clean and dust free.
Painting with Poppie’s Paint Powder
My sister-in-law wanted it painted antique white with dark wax to match the rest of the furniture in the nursery. I used Sherwin Williams Antique White and mixed it with Poppie’s Paint Powder to make homemade DIY chalk paint. For other Poppie’s Paint Powder projects and reviews see: here, here, here, and here.
Here are the easy to follow directions for mixing Poppie’s Paint Powder.
I applied three coats of the Poppie’s Paint Powder/antique white paint and lightly sanded between each coat using an extra fine sanding brick.
Daddy Van’s Wax
I then lightly distressed it followed by antiquing it with Daddy Van’s Antique Brown Wax.
This is a soft, all natural wax that is easy to apply. You simply apply a small dab on a clean cloth, rub it on the areas you want antiqued, and then wipe off the excess. Since it is an all natural product, it takes some time for it to dry unlike other waxes so this gives you more time to work it into the wood or remove it if you aren’t happy with how it looks.
Tip: For areas that have to much dark wax for your liking, use Daddy Van’s clear wax to remove the dark wax. As you apply the clear wax, it will literally look like you are using an eraser to erase the dark wax.
I think it turned out rather sweet and since it has a nice wide base, we won’t have to worry about it tipping over on little Ezra. If he’s anything like my boys, he’ll be climbing the bookcase shortly after learning to walk.