Tall Bookcase – Part 4
Tall Bookcase – Part 4

Tall Bookcase – Part 4

In case you missed it, here are the previous links for this now-completed project:


I actually completed this project 6 weeks ago, but haven’t had time to post about it.  The project started back in February with 2 coats of primer.  The bookcase came from my friend Martha back in May 2015 when she was moving, and I’ve always planned to paint it high-gloss red:

tall skinny bookcase in girl cave from martha

It’s perfect for the girl cave because it’s so tall.  But it took sooooooooooooo long to paint!  6 coats on all sides, and 9 on the back panel.  Ugh!  But it’s awesome and I love it so much.  It’s painted Benjamin Moore Exotic Red:

benjamin moore exotic red #B42835 - girl cave tall bookcase

I finished painting it before we went to Hawaii, but I let it stand empty for about a month so the paint could cure:


Last weekend I finally started putting things back into it, many with wax paper cutouts underneath so they won’t stick to the paint over time [acrylic can take up to 7 years to fully cure]:


It came out better than I could have expected.  It matches the Ikea cat shelf brackets outside the girl cave doorway, which was my goal:


With the rug laid back out on the floor, the whole room comes together:


That’s Bonkers in the doorway.  He’s all patchy.  We keep having to shave his matts off because he’s too old to groom himself much anymore.  He purrs so loud while I’m shaving him I can hear it over the shaver!  And he comes running [although it’s more like fast shuffling] when he hears the shaver turn on.

Here is a pic of Franc eating a snack [he’s doing awesome & is completely healed from his health scare],  and Darwin in the catio, both of which I took yesterday:


Happy Spring everyone!

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  1. The red shelf adds an Asian flair to the room. I love red! It’s good to know that Bonkers likes to be shaved. It would be so hard if he didn’t. Crème is like that when I clip her nails. She just lays there and purrs. Ponche fights like a hellion.

  2. Anne

    Love, love, love that red bookcase. Gorgeous as it looks it pictures, it’s even more spectacular in person. So glad to see both of you, the three cats, poor little Franc – and, last but not least, THE bookcase!

  3. LOVE the bookcase! Now you have me thinking about painting a couple antique tables in bright colors. They need refinishing anyway, so why not make them fun? Glad Franc survived! Did his lip grow back or does he still have an Elvis sneer?

    1. Nine Dark Moons

      Franc still has an Elvis sneer LOL!!! We call him snaggle Franc. He doesn’t seem to notice it, and it doesn’t seem to impinge on his eating or anything, which is good. You should totally refinish them in some fun, bright colors! The great thing about paint if you can always paint over it!

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