Made a bookcase for my wife for Mothers Day. First one ever. Poplar.

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Project by Tankerhoosen posted 07-30-2017 01:41 AM 1850 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first bookcase I have ever made, no plans just winged it. I used poplar due to budget constrictions. We ended up painting it with General Finishes “Driftwood” milk paint. I distressed the edges to give a contrast to the gray paint. I think it turned out ok, definitely some mistakes but it does what its intended to do, hold up books. Gotta love a woman who doesn’t get mad at a pile of lumber as a gift!

-- If the women can't find you handsome they should at least find you handy.

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 09:56 AM

thats a really cool project! I love the milk paint finish with distressed edges… the best part is that if there are any mistakes the milk paint makes it look “Vintage” anyhow so they are totally acceptable.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 07-30-2017 12:35 PM

Looks even more beuatiful filled with books.

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#3 posted 07-30-2017 12:43 PM

You’ve done a great job turning a pile of lumber into a wonderful gift. I too like the distressed edges.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 07-30-2017 01:44 PM

You did a nice job on this bookcase.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-30-2017 05:11 PM

very nice work. doesn’t look like a first to me.

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#6 posted 07-31-2017 01:28 AM

Great job ! I like the breadboard and overall design.

-- AJ

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#7 posted 08-29-2017 05:07 PM

Beautiful book case.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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