Sooooo….about that “no spend February”…
I’ve actually been doing well with it and have said “no” or “later” to many things I wanted to buy in the moment.
But, I made the mistake of browsing on craigslist. Even as I was doing it, I knew it wasn’t smart. But, we’re working on my office and I needed a storage piece. I just couldn’t help myself! Well, I could, but I didn’t.
And, of course, I found something that was perfect. So, the “no spend February” became a “low spend February.”
What I found was an antique bookcase with original glass doors. The size was right and it’s just the sort of thing I’ve been looking for. I forwarded the link to Jeff and asked if we could go pick it up. To his credit, he did not point out my no-spend pledge. He said it was a great piece and we should get it.
When we picked it up, the gentleman who owned it told us all about the piece. It was from the Wilder School in Wilder, MN. The school was built in the 1920’s and this bookcase was actually one of three hutch tops that were in the library. This is piece is over 5′ tall! Can you imagine it just as the top of a larger piece?! That would’ve been massive. The owner went to first grade at the school and was able to acquire this bookcase when the school fell into disrepair.
He even showed us a book he put together on the history of the school. Jeff took some pictures of it, so we could print it and keep the information with the shelf. The gentleman was pleased that it was going to someone who appreciated the story of where it came from and I assured him it would be well loved and cared for.
The piece was painted at one point and it was stripped. There were still some remnants of paint and stripper on it, so I sanded it in the garage before we loaded it into the room. (I’ll share more about the room and wall color in the office later.)
While it does need some cosmetic work, it’s in great shape and the previous owners have done a lot of the hard work for me. I am going to just hydrate the exterior of the cabinet with MMS Milk Paint Hemp Oil. I’ve already started rubbing it on and it makes that old oak look beautiful! I’m then going to paint the interior white, to break up the wood and keep the piece from looking too heavy.
I was inspired by this cabinet posted by @le.beau.chateau on Instagram…
The shelves are currently painted caution cone orange, so I will be stripping them down to the natural wood before I install them.
I’ve already started applying the hemp oil and it’s looking gorgeous…
See…I don’t paint everything!
More on this piece and the office coming soon…