February 21, 2013
Remember a while back when my dad gifted me with 8 gloriously industrial cinder blocks, and I turned them into a gloriously industrial and industrious bookshelf for my shoes? And he permanently raised his eyebrow at seeing this collection of money wasting?
Well. This jank got updgraded. And yes, you guessed it. I painted it.
I recently came across this tutorial from DesignLoveFest on painting floating shelves and knew immediately this was the inspiration I’d been waiting for. I absolutely love the look of them.
So I completely dismantled my bookcase and stuffed the cinder blocks and boards into the back of my enormous vehicle:
Yes, the boards are resting on the gear shift. Whoever says you can’t cart anything in a Mini doesn’t know me.
I unloaded and set up shop at Man-Piece’s house, in a little side yard that probably doesn’t belong to him. No biggie.
First step was to sand the boards down a little bit in some rough spots. I used painters tape to tape off some stripes in random patterns on all four boards. Then it was primer + painting time. I used white leftover from the red desk of yore and had JUST enough to paint all four boards.
[I obviously did these a few months back, since it hasn't been warm enough recently to be thusly attired. Don't freak out.]
I did 2-3 coats on all four boards, and then removed the tape.
I then used painters tape and plastic bags to tape off other random stripes in various widths, and over a few days added silver/chrome and kelly green stripes.
Once they were done, I painted a few coats of a gloss top coat (polyurethane - never do this indoors and if you’re sensitive, wear a mask) and let them dry thoroughly for a few days outside. Lucky for me it didn’t rain. And then I carted them back home and re-established my wall of shoes, the winter edition (if you’re totally observant, you will see most summer shoes are on hiatus).
I super love it. And now, some gratuitous closeups of my favorite shoes + the modish stripes.
I love the bare pine showing through and the intense shininess of the silver paint next to each other. An official designer would have fancy things to say about it. I say: me likey. Those purple wedges and teal pumps are my favorite fancy-pants cool-weather shoes.
And these are one of my summertime favorites. Can’t wait for peep-toe weather to return!
Anyway, the addition of this shoecase completes my room and gives me more not-permanent shelving for decorations (not including the shoes) (haha). Little known secret: I absolutely love sock monkeys. I can’t explain it.
These shelves probably/definitely will not last past this bedroom, just because it’s impossible to move around and transport. Plus cinder block furniture makes me feel like I am permanently in non-adulthood, but whatever. It works for now + looks pretty decent.
So what do you think? A nice quirky upgrade? Raise your hand if you love making free materials work! And raise your hand if you hate cinder blocks as furniture! I know there are folks in both camps. Let’s debate in the comments. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!