Glass Front Bookcase

This fall, I was searching Craigslist for either a hutch with clean lines that I could paint or a bookcase with glass doors, for linen storage. When I found a gorgeous antique hutch in Craigslist’s free section just after it had been sold, I was kicking myself for not checking the free section more often for great finds! I swore to check it every day from then on (which lasted about two weeks), but somehow, the very next morning, a curb alert for antique furniture popped up just down the street from me. I told S there was a Craigslist emergency (his favorite), jumped in the car and drove over there to find a perfect little bookcase with glass doors and sides sitting on the curb. Fortuitously, the owners of the house were moving, so the movers helped me put it in the car. They then took me into the house where there were a few more antiques ready to go to the curb, and I also picked out a (pretty rough, but solid) roll-top desk that I still have to fix up. (Sorry about the awkward angles and iPhone photos!)

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Other than a missing side-panel of glass, this bookcase was in great condition. We bought a new pane from a nearby glass shop ($9) and a piece of quarter-round trim to hold the glass in place. We had to nail the quarter-round in, and use a little wood glue, which took about 5 minutes. We also had to add a little wood glue to some of the other trim holding the glass in place on the doors and clean the whole thing really well with Windex and Murphy’s Oil.

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Now, it sits in our upstairs landing/hallway and works perfectly to store extra sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers and seasonal blankets. It was well worth the minimal effort and $10-ish dollars that went into it!

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