It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks at the Cynfully Fun Furniture studio (aka my garage).  It’s sooo cold outside and freezing in my garage, which means no painting.   I have one 120 volt outlet in the garage, which is fine for nearly everything but an electric garage heater, which needs a 240 volt outlet.   In past years, I just brought my projects into the basement, but current project pieces are too large for that space.

My hubby is the son of an electrician – a wonderful man who is no longer with us – and I was hoping putting in a 240 volt outlet would be no problem. Perhaps it’s because he knows what can go wrong that he wants to consult with an electrician.  That means that I won’t be getting a 240 volt outlet today, although the heater I ordered doesn’t come till the end of the week anyway.   I’m anxious to try my new spray gun and air compressor once the heater is up and running!

I grabbed this small piece I had stored so I at least felt slightly productive.  I love shelves in the bathroom (not that this couldn’t be used in the kitchen too) as I think they add some punch to the space.  I forgot the before picture (again) but it was dark “cherry-like” wood that was nicked, faded and generally in ill health.

green bookcase

I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Antibes followed by a dark wax in the FolkArt chalk paint line.  I love the Moroccan style pattern on the back.

green hanging shelf

green bookshelf detail

The dark wax acts much like a glaze, getting into the crevices and groves, except that it is a protective layer.

green bathroom shelf

If I had white towels I would have used them instead of the blue for a brighter contrast.  It’s a fun piece that will look spiffy in either a bathroom or kitchen. You could even use it in a bedroom to hang scarves or necklaces.   It’s for sale at the Plaid Rabbit.