Monday, December 14, 2015

An Antique Mahogany Bookcase in Deep Purple

This is such a wonderfully unique piece of furniture. I spotted it on craigslist a few weeks ago and decided straight away that I wanted it. Luckily it was only a couple towns away, so my bestie Jess and I took a lovely drive through the Connecticut countryside to pick it up one sunny morning. It was just as good in person as in the pictures and I couldn't wait to get started on it!

          I had a client approach me to refinish the bookcase custom to match an antique dresser I did for them almost exactly a year ago. Their vision for the piece was spot on and I set to work. I sanded, stained, and sealed the flame mahogany drawer fronts that had become faded and tired over the years, and painted the case in the deepest purple that leans heavily towards eggplant- I love love love this color- so unexpected and sophisticated!

          We settled on a warm taupe for the interior to balance the eggplant of the exterior, and I sanded the teensy little inter drawers to match the exterior ones. I didn't distress the piece, but did seal it with dark wax.

And here's the antique dresser that we matched


  1. So cool, we loved seeing what you did with our desk. Beautiful!

  2. I LOVE the color and what an insanely cool piece that is with the desk hidden in there!

  3. That is a stunning combination of colors. Love it!