Endless

Several months ago I was given some bookshelves from a friend who was lucky enough to escape eastern North Carolina. I am in desperate need of sturdier shelves. The cheep particle board shelves I have are rubbish. I used to have three, but now I am down to two because one collapsed!

Overcrowded shelves.
Overcrowded shelves in the library.

The shelves given to me are rather sturdy. In fact they originally were the property of the university I work for. They are tagged on the back as to where they were once located. In this case, they were originally used in the School of Medicine. The university has surplus sales every month so I assume at one time someone purchased them from there. Anyhow, they are of a very dark wood and I want them to be white so I have had to paint them.

New used shelves.
New used shelves.

I have three cabinets to paint and the shelves to go with them. All I can say is that the whole process is truly endless. I have not worked on them in a couple of months because honestly, I am over it. However, it is time to get this project finished and I have taken two days off to do it!

Painting with primer.
Painting with primer.

It has been taking three coats of primer and up to three and four coats of white semi-gloss paint. Ugh! I am almost finished with the second shelf with one more to go.

Here Melissa demonstrates how to paint with white primer while wearing black.
Here Melissa demonstrates how to paint with white primer while wearing black.
Individual shelves are painted outside on the Promenade.
Individual shelves are painted outside on the Promenade.
Finial coat on the first shelf cabinet.
Finial coat on the first shelf cabinet.

I will be so very happy to have this endless project completed. I am painting in the dining room, which hasn’t been used as a dining room since Melissa moved in, two years ago. After the shelves are completed we will finish work on her bed’s tester. The pieces are in the above picture leaning against the wall. She has a wonderful Prudent Mallard bed. The tester was damaged years ago in a move and it’s our intention to try to piece it back together so it can be used. Once this is done the dining room will be repainted and finally returned to being a dining room. What a novel idea!

The first shelf completed.
The first shelf completed.

Okay, back to painting!

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