Well, I did! I was initially only planning on sanding and then painting it. But, then one day I was pinning on Pinterest, and I saw THIS.
Now, wouldn't a pattern like that look fabulous on the top of this little book shelf?
So, I set about sanding and painting this bad boy. After sanding the heck out of it, I gave it a first coat. The paint I used is our trim paint inside, so it would match perfectly when complete.
Then, another coat.
It's amazing what just a couple coats of paint will do. Better, huh?
Next up, I bought a wall/floor stencil from Hobby Lobby. By the way, if you want to go to Lowe's because that seems logical, don't. They don't carry wall stencils. True story. Luckily, Hobby Lobby does and I also bought some sponging applicators along with some stencil paint. Dark cherry. We like crimson and cream around here...boomer.
Because of the lip at the back top of the shelf and because this stencil is just so big, I had to line up the edges and make a centered pattern for my project. As opposed to the Pinterest idea shown above, that covers the full table top. I fully intended to continue the left side of the stencil on the right side of the shelf top as well, in case you were wondering why this looks off-center. It is...on purpose.
Here's what this looks like post-paint application.
And here's a picture of the full, finished product.
Some of the red seeped under the stencil in the process, but I'm OK with that...kind of a small bit of shabby chic. And I love how it turned out. Now, to fill it with books...that shouldn't be too hard for me.