I always get excited when someone asks if I just redo furniture or if I build some, too. It also kind of bums be out because I really wish I had more time for custom builds than I do. Then people would already know the answer. Well, today is all about a custom built piece! No before pictures of this Pottery Barn style bookshelf that was custom built for the end of a client's kitchen counter. But don't let that fool you! It's still a revival. The back of the shelf is done with perfectly weathered, perfectly marked and perfectly worn pallet wood.
I never get tired of the pallet wood look. And my signature Pottery Barn black finish that first made its debut with my Pottery Barn Style Dresser never gets old either.
I don't know. There's just something about black that stops my heart every time. It's so classic and timeless.
When my client first contacted me and asked me to come take a look at a project she had in mind and then showed me the end of her counter and said, 'Think I could put a bookshelf here?', I of course say, Sure!
Then I think, wait, how do I do this so that it doesn't just look like a box stuck on the end of her cabinet that she and her family are bumping into every time they walk by?
See. I always think I can, sometimes I can't but I always think I can. Finally after giving it a good bit of thought I decided that if I kept the top open and rounded the top and the sides that would keep it from being too boxy.
Less boxy meant that it would blend in to her counter better without looking like an out of place add-on.
And by now you guys are fully aware of my affinity for adding legs. To everything.
I am not left-brained by nature. The whole measuring part of what I do does not come naturally to me as demonstrated by the photo above. Luckily it was an easy enough fix.
We brought it back the next day and I breathed a sigh of relief as it fit like a glove and looked so at home in its space at the end of a counter. I wish you could see her Bramble Co black distressed desk that sits right across from the bookshelf. They look like they were made for each other.
I love a challenge and I love it even more when I say, Yeah, I can do that!' and it turns out that I actually can!
*This piece was custom built and finished in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter and Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Wax. Please see my Milk Paint page if you would like more information.