Modern Parson's Bookshelf Turned French Antique

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About This Project


Much to our dismay our tiny town is not host to any sweet antique shops. So when I began designing our new guest room, I knew that I was going to have to BUILD two bedside tables. Thanks to Anna, that is much more of a possibility for us than I ever might have imagined.

So, I decided on one bookcase and one vanity. For the bookcase I adapted the Parson's style bookshelf plans. But instead of going the modern route, I stained it ebony and painted over with a white satin paint--and of course distressed. Simple, affordable, and quite cute. You can see many more photos at

Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Ebony Stain, White Satin Paint, distressing.
Estimated Cost: 


I am about to start one of these, Reading Girl, and was a bit concerned that it could be too modern for our shabby chic style but no you've done it and it looks great.

Thanks for the inspiration all the way from Botswana.

Well thank you so much for your kindness, all the way from Texas-USA! I wish you all the best of luck with your creation--I am sure it will turn out great!

I just have to know where you got the wire holder and glass bottles!! I absolutely love it!!! I've been looking for something similar for years now.