In this clever thrift flip, Gretchen Howe – who you may know from the MasterStroke by Resene series The Do Up – creates a bespoke bookshelf from an old wooden record holder. Known as a ‘Canterbury’, record holders like this were a regular fixture in homes long before the advent of Spotify and Bluetooth speakers. While it may not be required for the same purpose today, its practical design and stacking capabilities make it an ideal piece for storing and displaying books.
Gretchen found this record holder in a Matakana op shop and has chosen to repurpose it for her three-year-old daughter Margot’s books. Flexing her creative muscles, Gretchen decorated it simply yet effectively by gluing some large wooden beads along the top and applying a pop of fun, punchy mustard yellow using two coats of Resene Hot Toddy.
Depending on your space, you can go as bright or as pared back and muted as you like, thanks to the huge selection of Resene paint colours available. If you’re not sure about which colour to choose, ask the staff at your local Resene ColorShop or use the free Ask a Resene Colour Expert. Even if you have only the vaguest idea of what you prefer, they’ll be able to help you fine-tune your selection, as well as recommend the best paint system for your project.
Vintage pieces are generally made very well and handcrafted using quality materials. Instead of purchasing new furniture, breathing new life into old items is a fantastic option – it will not only save you money but will also reduce landfill and help you hone your creative and DIY skills. You may even be able to get the kids to help with this project, as it’s a fun and simple one that can easily be undertaken by beginners. It’s also very budget-friendly, thanks to the minimal materials required.
Follow along with Gretchen as she creates this cool upcycled bookshelf.