This book shelf sat around in the garage for a while. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, never thought about it. Until one day…this happened. Pretty cool, right? 

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Well, this red bookshelf (below) is what it looked like originally. Without the cut-outs of course. It had thick red drips all over. I sanded it with my hand sander and sprayed the entire thing with Kilz spray primer. Once I figured out what I was doing with it, I knew I wanted some of the red to peek through as I planned to distress this project. 

The hubster helped me cut the two holes to fit the bowls, using my reciprocating saw. I tried to smooth them more with my jig saw (for the most part), and sand by hand with a medium grit sand block so the bowls fit perfectly.

After the primer I put on a coat of white chalk paint, then I started with a mix of gray and chocolate stain, two coats. When I sanded it heavily to distress it, the red peeked through and it was a quick favorite! The stain has a built-in top coat, so I didn’t need to apply one separately. I’m using it for my fur-babes and it’s still looking perfect!

This guy, “Henry”, is sitting in my laundry room for my fur-babes feeding station. Queen Lucy Belle is enjoying it…because she doesn’t share with Sir Chew-bear Chewbacca! 

Do it with purpose!

“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares!” -Saul Bass