Tuesday, May 15, 2012

If God Thinks I Need Some Bookcases...

... He will provide them.

Remember when I yakked abroad that truth about a week or so ago? 

Well, just call me a Debbamiah the Prophet. 

I had hardly gotten the words out of my mouth and onto the keyboard when Jehovah Jireh himself did indeed decide that some bookcases were acceptable items on the Debbie Needs It list.  Or maybe, He knows that I just wanted them and decided to provide them anyway. He's nice like that.

Either way,  I am now the proud possessor of these beauties.

Yes, they are indeed bookcases.  You just have to use your imagination a little.


These are actually part of an even larger set that the Duchess got (already used ) way back in the early  '70s from a Saturday morning radio phone-in show called Swap, Buy, and Sell.  It was sort of a great granddaddy to Craig's List. 

Maybe you had one in your area too.

They came in sections, as you can see. All told, there are 10 sections, I think. There are 2 bottoms,  2 tops, and 6 middle shelves. You can mix and match them any way you want.

The two white ones were being used out at the Love Shack, but on the very day that I was at my house lamenting the fact that I needed some bookcases, the Newlywed Niece was at her grandmother's house helping with a project.

In the process, she unearthed an utterly unused dry sink which she thought she could completely redesign for some kitchen storage.  (The Newlywed Niece is really good at reinvention, by the way. I intend to yak about it when it's done.)

And do you know where that newly redesigned piece will go in her kitchen?
Right where those two white shelves were currently living.

So she passed them along to me.

The brown ones were hiding in some dark corner of a tool shed just waiting for a top and bottom to go with them.

The mouse holes?   Oh, they're just some supersized  cord tunnels. At one point in its history, they held a  Department 56 village.

Now, if you're thinking that I stripped those suckers to their original glory, think again. I would like to do that sometime, but the design plan du jour calls for white bookcases. 

I did sand them down a bit to give them a little tooth since they were not only painted, but the brown ones were varnished as well.  (And, well, I also have a little love affair with my hand sander and like to use it.)

This one got such a toothy grin, I temporarily named him Jimmy Carter.

I was daydreaming...

So I plugged all the mouse holes except the one on the bottom in case I wanted to use it and then gave them all a unifying color called Blanched Pine.

Or as the husband calls it, White.  
It's the same color that I used for the writing desk legs.

I liked the way the niece had a contrasting taupe so I painted my innards
 a light tan color called Cream in my Coffee. 

Waxed her all down, and she's good to go.  

Total cost? 
A couple of bucks for the sample size of Cream in my Coffee.

Take THAT early birds!

Good things do come to those who wait.

Thanks God.
That was a really clever way of providing.


Kathryn Ross said...

Tooooo awesome! God totally IS the ultimate Provider!! He had something better waiting just around the corner - and what a deal! Love the white and tan - but I'd have kept the mouse holes. I like to have a bit of light in my bookcases - which I actually do use for books rather than too many knick knacks. Can't wait to see what you put in yours!

Oh, ans as to the polka dot pedicure? That is daughter. I never seem to get beyond my pinks - which she razzed me about.

Big couple of weeks ahead with lots of events - may be on hiatus from Blogland for a few days so I can focus. I'm wearing my historical attire this weekend and YES there will be picks next week!


Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

YEA! I've been contemplating a post about what answered prayer looks like ... and your fantastic old-new bookcase is a great example. I'm so glad God decided you could have it. :-)

Vee said...

I am in complete and total awe. That looks so fine. Waxing? I've only heard of that with the Annie Sloan chalk paints.

Arla said...

This is a lawyers desk and when it was new there were glass doors that slid down from the tops of each compartment to cover the fronts. I know, I had one of these for years and finally gave it to our daughter in law how looked it up wondering about restoring it. There's paint galore on ours too, and is now shelving for toys and books for our little grandson.

Debbie said...

Good morning! I LOVE this....it's perfect and so is His timing! I want to see how it looks holding its new treasures.... : ) Have an awesome day!

Ann said...

Gorgeous! I sure didn't see what you did in the "before" pics. One of these days i'll need to tag along with you in a furniture search. I'm sure I could learn a lot!



Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

LOVE IT! right down to the name of the innsard color "Cream in my Coffee"! NOW I want to see it in ACTION! you are going to have FUN with it!
Oh and by the way the name "BLANCHED PINE"(hmmm, I think I agree with Hubby on this one)...
Have a fun week,

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am applauding...you did a great job, and you took the talent God gave you and multiplied it over and over again...way to go!

Laughing remembering the song Jehovah Jireh...our kids thought it said "jump over Jireh" and that is how they sang it around the house.

Praise to Jehovah Jireh..his economy is just heads above ours!!!

Sonja said...

HA!! So much for for the early bird theory... those bookcases probably weren't nearly as nice as these anyway!

They look incredible!

I'm smiling as you picture you humming 'how great is our God' as you fill the shelves!! :)

Christa said...

Nice! Don't you just love the way God just has a way of working things out like that?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I LOVE it when God comes thru with the silly (not that bookcases are silly, cuz they are not, lol) things that I WANT -- not needs so much as just stuff I would like. He is so cool like that!! LOVE the bookcases - and the *cream in my coffee* is perfect.


Sooner Laura said...

Really wonderful bookcases and no surprise that you were provided for so nicely. They turned out beautiful. I like the color contrast and those WIDE bases.

Barbara F. said...

Debbie, you can open up a shop, you are that good! I have no skill base to refinish anything. :( Great job. I love the history behind the pieces. Do people still collect/display Christmas villages? At the holidays I did not see any featured in Blogland. xo

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Yay, Debbie -- these are TERRIFIC!!! Yep, God definitely had something better for you than the yard sale bookcases. The color is so fresh and clean looking and I love that you painted the inside taupe. The contrast of color is perfect; and last but not least, what a great price! :)

Have a good day.


Carol said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I am so excited for you. The color choice is perfect.

Tracy said...

Those shelves are absolutely gorgeous! WOW! Now I want some too...do you think God would hear my prayers as well? gosh, those are sure nice...great job! Debbemiah!

Denise said...


Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Those are absolutley WONDERFUL, Debbie!! I love the way you can mix and match the shelves and I LOVE the colors you used!! GREAT job!! And, yes, He does provide like that!! Hallelujah! blessings ~ Tanna

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats! They look great all spruced up-enjoy:@)

Diane said...

This is one amazing make-over! You have a giant-sized imagination to see those pieces made into this beautiful bookcase. Wow! Fabulous job!

Gina said...

They are gorgeous, Debbie! What a wonderful tranformation! Now would you please put in a good word for me with God? I need some bookcases too! ;D

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

And again, you just keep amazing your fans and friends. That's quite a transformation and my favorite part is how God gave you what your heart was desiring. Maybe not the way you originally envisioned, but isn't that the way it usually goes?

Love the bookcases. I want some black ones. Guess I better get to praying.

Christine said...


Chatty Crone said...

And God must have said be fruit-able and multiply and there they are - and you did such a great job. I need shelves too! Lol

They are pretty - good job.

Love, sandie

Amy Kinser said...

I love that He blesses us with the desires of our heart.

Girl, you did an amazing job painting those. Love the inside painted a different color. Beautifulllll.

Mevely317 said...

Incredible, Debbie! ... I love your vision.
(Thinkin' maybe the good folks at HGTV will come courting soon!)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Besides being a fabulous writer I would say you are a magician too! I love them....Ask and you shall receive!


At The Picket Fence said...

Those look seriously amazing Debbie!!! I can't believe the transformation and love that you did the taupe color on the back for contrast. You'll show us where they end up right? Well done my friend!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

You scored here Debbie. I'm excited to see the before and after installation too. Great job!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

You scored here Debbie. I'm excited to see the before and after installation too. Great job!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

You scored here Debbie. I'm excited to see the before and after installation too. Great job!

elizabeth said...

YaY! And they look lovely! I'm making over my home office/sanctuary, and I prayed about it. I believe God has lead me to some great deals as well as given me creative ideas. I know it's Him, cuz I'm just not all that clever on my own!

Carol said...

Have a blessed blog break. Looking forward to your return.
I was showing your deck cleaning project to my dad yesterday. (I've shared your blog with my mom too...your mom's Christmas decorations)
He really enjoyed it. I heard him chuckling to himself. My dad is a fix-it guy and also keeps everything pristine.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Talk about answered prayers! Those look fantastic. I love the contrast color you chose too. I also really like the moulding on them as well. You did a beautiful job on them. I hope you enjoy your break and all is well!

Sue said...

Okay that does, You have just got to come to my house and get in my barn and work on some furniture that have been in there for years, and btw probably have real mouse holes by now. lol. And yes He is our PROVIDER!!
Since I am late today and comments are off on your latest post, let me wish you a very restful break.

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

These are awesome! They look great and I love the "cream in my coffee" color. I hope you enjoy your break but I will miss you wit and wisdom while you are away.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Thanks to God too...these are beautiful!

FrouFrouBritches said...

WOW! I am so super impressed with you right now. The paint looks fantastic and I love the Cream in my Coffee in the back. God is so good, isn't he? YAY GOD!

Denise said...

Great job on these bookcases. Hoping the intended recipient finds the gift to her satisfaction. Way to go God. Hope you enjoy your blog break.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It would appear that you have a direct line to God. :) Feel free to whisper, "Lord, my friend Laura has been checking out eligible bridges to live under. But a house would be super cool." :)

Love the white. Well done!

Enjoy your break and yes I totally sang the BH song.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

So awesome!What a transformation too! Love it!

Have a good blog break & yes I was singing it :D

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie enjoy your time away from Blogland. It's something we all need from time to time. Thank you so much for your prayers even when you didn't know where I was or how I was doing.
God is so Good...all the time. He knew you were looking for bookcases and there they were - poof! Love, Love the paint job you did on them - curious about the waxing, though, I'd never heard of waxing paint. They will light up any room you put them in. Hope you get a chance to stop by to say Hi.

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Woohoo...and bookcases ya got!

I'm just thrilled for ya sweetie.

Have a great break.

God bless and enjoy my friend!!! :o)

Kelley said...

Love x 18. What an excellent job thou hast done on the bookcases thy God hast provided for thee.

We had a wall color in the mission house called "Cafe Latte," and it looked like yours. Lovely with the "white," too!


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