Twin Tower Shelf Transformation

August 3, 2009

Sometimes, you get really lucky being in the right place at just the right time.  My local Villeroy & Boch outlet was closing its doors last month, and they were selling all of their display cabinets for $20 dollars each.  My jaw dropped.  I was giddy with excitement!  At those prices, I could redo my entire home office/library for a fraction of the cost of new bookcases. 

Here they are in the store the day I found them.  Oh joy, what luck!

villeroy towers

I bought two of the taller shelves you see in the middle for the desk and window side of the library, and two of the twin towers for the sofa side of the room.  I brought them home with the help of a friend with a truck, and they’ve been sitting in my garage ever since. 

They were a buttery yellow shade with country blue trim, and the paint was a little nicked up from traveling across town.  I really wanted a bright cream color to showcase my books and collectibles. 

Last weekend, I went through the trouble of painting the glass towers. They were previously painted this yellow shade, so I chose not to prime them.  Outdoors, I painted right over the yellow with my favorite oil-based spray paint: Rustoleum’s ‘Heirloom White’. 

heirloom white

spray outside 


tower top before


tower after paint

glass tower after

These towers have lights built in to the top and tempered glass shelves.  I can only imagine how much shelves like this would cost me retail!  Ouch.  

I’ll show you the mate to this tower in the library reveal.  Now it’s time to paint the two big behemoth bookcases in my garage that are for the other side of the room.  I’m thinking more ‘Heirloom White’ with a gray/blue painted back panel. 

I feel like I completely scored finding these pieces for these prices !


49 Responses to “Twin Tower Shelf Transformation”

  1. The Popes says:

    Those prices are insane!
    Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

  2. Lynette says:

    I was just thinking the same thing – talk about the right place at the right time!! What a score for you and your office and your library!

  3. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Score! Can't believe the bargain you got on those. :) Love it in white!!

  4. Beth says:

    Seriously? Seriously??? Talk about good karma! What fantastic pieces at fantastic prices. Looks great and a SCORE indeed!

  5. Trish says:

    seriously that's not even fair! I want to find a store that is going out of business so I can buy awesome $20 cabinets!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful! When you get tired of looking at them send them my way, please :)

  7. Kristina with a K says:

    Ugh what a STEAL!!! They look completely different in the white. Great job

  8. NicNacManiac says:

    WOW….total SCORE….congrats!!
    You transformed them and they are awesome!!

  9. Jessica says:

    What a steal!! I love what you have done with them!!

  10. Magic Brush says:

    Wow…. I'm totally jealous. Good for you!

  11. ~Linds~ says:

    LOVE THIS! What prefect timing you had! They look wonderful!

  12. aimeewrites says:

    OMG, you DID totally score!!!!

    I am SO jealous. *pout*

    I think I'll be wasting hours driving around looking for stores goint out of business now. ;)

  13. Tales From My Empty Nest says:

    What a bargain!! You were living right that day. That is amazing! They turned out beautiful!! We are all jealous! Can't wait to see everything finished. Love & blessings from NC!

  14. Jenny says:

    Seriously, those were basically free compared to what they would have been! It turned out really nicely!

  15. Embellished Bayou says:

    Those were a total score!! I've seen display pieces like that (but not as nice) go for much more when a store goes out of business. Great find!

  16. tales from an oc cottage says:

    COMPLETELY scored!!!!

    m ^..^

  17. Gayla says:

    Girl, you hit the jackpot!

  18. Amber says:

    You were definitely in the right place at the right time, you lucky girl! What a fab find! And they look wonderful redone in your favorite white. So classy.

  19. Wagonwife Designs says:

    What a Deal the cabinets were. I think for that price I would even dust the glass before turning on the lights.They look fantastic.

  20. Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst says:

    That was an absolute steal of a deal. Great job! They look really nice white. Just curious, do you buy stock in Heirloom White? :-)

  21. Kelli says:

    Those shelves are the best find ever!!!

  22. mrso' says:

    Score! what a great deal! they look great!

  23. Felicia Kramer says:

    Such a deal!!

  24. Jessica says:

    I'm jealous of your find! They look fantastic!

  25. Maman Tattoo says:

    you seems like a very lucky woman!
    In here, store are oppening, not closing…

  26. Domestic Engineer says:

    Lucky! I love Villeroy and Boch too. I love the transformation. Thanks for sharing your blog with us.

  27. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Girl, those are a really lucky find, so pretty! And of course I love the transformation on them.

  28. Amanda-TheEckLife says:

    girl you didnt just score you SLAM DUNKED!!! What a steal!

  29. Nikki says:

    Major Score! Definitely in the right place at the right time.

  30. MiriamR says:

    These look amazing! What a great find. You save hundreds on these!

  31. Julie, Little One-of-a-Kind Design says:

    that is seriously the best find EVER. I have V&B dishes so I'm totally jealous of your display shelves!! those are amazing. best score of the year!!

  32. Norma says:

    I can't believe it! some people are just lucky I guess! Awesome find! I'm giddy for you! :)

  33. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    You ABSOLUTELY scored!!! You're right – talk about being in the right place at the right time. You put the chalkboard I found in the garbage to shame with these! I was wondering if you got the bookcases as well, because I would have gotten greedy and wanted it all! Can't wait to see the reveal of your office.

  34. sara says:

    What a steal, I'm jealous! Those look fabulous!!

  35. Miss B says:

    OMG! You have done it again! Fabulous find!

  36. Janel Kaden-Doran says:

    centsationalgirl = ohsoluckygirl!

  37. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    You not only scored, you hit the jackpot, won the lottery, and all that! LOVE the transformation, I'm a sucker for some Heirloom White. Can't wait to see the whole room! ;)

  38. Gabrielle says:

    How Fantastic! I love timely chances like this. I love the new look!

  39. mamabear228 says:

    yay for you! quite possibly the deal of the century. :)

  40. mary says:

    That is awesome!! Don't ya just love fate!

  41. Yansy says:

    I'm so jealous, they look amazing.

  42. ohbrooke says:

    Did you see i paid homage to you on my blog? "We're not worthy!"

  43. Mrs. Limestone says:

    Wow, that looks fab! You lucky girl.

  44. Jacquelyn says:

    Total score!! I cannot believe those prices.

  45. […] you recall the twin glass shelf towers that I transformed way back in August that sit on the other side of the space.  Those were easy […]

  46. That’s an incredible find! They are fabulous painted white!

  47. […] the other side of the sofa is the second tower that I revamped earlier this year, thanks to my favorite spray paint: Rustoleum’s ‘Heirloom White’ […]

  48. Donna says:

    You had mentioned you like anything French. Are you familiar with The Graphics Fairy blog? She has some really, really cool French graphics you can use for labels, pillows, plates, etc. You’re a great DIYer so I know you get the idea. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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