Modern Parson's Bookshelf Turned French Antique

Submitted by cbeach1717 on Mon, 06/13/2011 - 20:55

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

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Ebony Stain, White Satin Paint, distressing.
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 06/14/2011 - 04:31

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.

Kate (not verified)

Fri, 07/08/2011 - 09:22

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.

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Mon, 07/11/2011 - 13:55

Thanks, Kate! I bought this set at an antique store! I hope you can find one, or at least something similar! GOOD LUCK :o)

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