How To Seal White Paint

“A children’s story that can only be
enjoyed by children is not a good
children’s story in the slightest.”
– C.S Lewis

Kevin’s a big book reader. He’s got heaps of them around the house, and he carries his trusty Nook with him wherever he goes. I find it propped against my pillow every morning because he goes to bed reading something or another on it every night. (How he falls asleep while staring (so closely) at a lit-up screen I will never know- ha!) He’s a non-fiction guy (with the exception of Andy Andrews)…

Good Books
(Outliers, Beautiful Outlaw, Tunesmith, Mastering the Seven Decisions, Linchpin, Mere Christianity)

…and I’m a storybook/gift book kinda gal:

Favorite books for kids and adults

(Someday, The GardenerThe Giving Tree, How To Live On An Island, Cloudette, The Dot)

Most of his books feel a little bit like homework to me (ha!), but I am super inspired by his passion for personal growth and I love it when he shares the highlights of what he  reads with me. It’s a fun ride-to-town ritual we have…talking about our books, I mean. They may be sold in different sections, but the heart of the matter is always very much the same. :-)

And speaking of books…

The built-in bookcase/storage unit is coming together beautifully. Remember the room before?

Kids Room | Before | The Lettered Cottage

And remember the (rough) drawing I put together for Brian the Carpenter to use as a guide?

Built In Idea

Well, here’s what he whipped up while I was under the weather last week:

Custom Built In Storage and Bookcase | Kids Room | Home Office

Isn’t that great? He’s such a talented guy! (That reminds me: Brian took a leap of faith and started his own carpentry business this year! If you’re looking to hire an exceptional guy in the Montgomery, Prattville, Wetumpka areas of Alabama, you can reach him at [email protected].)

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I would’ve used a dresser next to the bedroom door anyway, and that would’ve created some wasted space in front of the “bump out” wall, so taking the storage from floor to ceiling, and building a 20″ deep storage unit, and a 9.25″ deep bookcase seemed to be the way to go.

Today, he’s putting up a couple of walls full of planks…

Wood Plank Wall | Home Office | Kids Room

…and I’m sealing the old shutters Lucy found for us to use on the storage unit to the left of the bookcase.

Layla and Lucy

Turns out we were actually looking at the back side of the shutters in that photo above. Here’s what the front side looks like:

Old shutters | Built In Storage and Bookcase

We realized that if they were hanging on the front of a house, they would’ve been open all the time. Since we’re using them in a way that will leave them closed most of the time, we’ll see the gray/wheat-colored side of them…which I’m pretty excited about because I love the way they pop against all the white-painted wood around them.

Old Shutters

The entire front back side of both of the shutters is crackled just beautifully, and I was determined to find a sealer that would A) prevent the beautifully crackled paint from chipping off, and B) never turn yellow. Thankfully, I’ve got a friend named Jennifer who has lots of experience with old stuff covered in crackled paint. She texted me with the solution I was searching for, and assured me that whatever I slather it onto won’t ever chip, and will always stay white. Her secret: Peel Stop.

Non-yellowing sealer made to use on top of white or chipping paint

I had never heard of it, but I found it right away on Amazon. Jennifer said a little bit goes a long way, so I just ordered a quart. It was really easy to work with. I just applied it with a regular 2.5″ paint brush. The can says to use two coats, but I wanted to make sure the shutters were really good and sealed, so I applied three. I gave the shutters a nice sheen, and the paint seems to be permanently sealed into place. Thanks again, Jennifer!

Anywho- back to the built-in bookcase. Now that our kiddo’s room/future home office has almost 36 square feet of shelves in front of the bump out wall, I’m getting excited about the idea of filling them with some great books. Do you have any other good recommendations that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages? After all, a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children…well, you know.  😉

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  1. Robin says

    All of the Pete the Cat books by Eric Litwin are wonderful , fun and repetitive. You can’t help but smile when you read them and they all end with ,…”it’s all good!”! Go to youtube and get a taste of the types of stories.

  2. Ellen says

    I have been reading and enjoying your blog for about a year, I love your style and have learned a lot from your projects. I also have two daughters adopted from China so when you started your adoption process I was thrilled and excited for you. It’s an adventure of a lifetime and I wish you the BEST in all things as you go through the process. As for books, I have to say that we have enjoyed two books recently so much that my husband and I couldn’t stop laughing. The titles are “Count the Monkeys” and “Z is for Moose”. Heartily recommended by Julia (age 4 from Jiangxi province) and her big sis Madelyn (age 10 from Hunan province). Hoping 2014 brings your little boy HOME! Ellen from Connecticut

  3. Carolyn says

    Even if your LO is young, here are some great books to read aloud over several days (or save til he’s older): The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Maniac McGee and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (I taught Stargirl to ms and both boys and girl loved it), Louis Sacher’s Wayside School books, the EB White classics like Stuart Little, Beverly Cleary’s Ralph Mouse books, Miss Nelson books, magic schoolbus books, a classic mother goose collection, a classic fairy tale collection, frog and toad books, little bear books, anything Eric Carle, Maurice Sendak, Jerry Pinkne… I could go on for days! Better get your library card shined up too:)

    • Carolyn says

      I forgot anything Jane Yolen. She’s amazing about children’s literacy so her books can often be used as fun, educational read alouds.

  4. Kati says

    Have you ever read A Blessing From Above? It’s a Little Golden Book. We have a book that has 3 inspirational stories in it and that’s my particular favorite. I think you would enjoy it!

  5. Stephanie says

    “When Pigasso Met Mootise” is delightful. And anything by David Macaulay, particularly “Why The Chicken Crossed The Road” will be lots of fun.

  6. Maureen says

    Any children’s book by Maurice Sendak will be a great addition to a family library!

  7. Debbie Moorman says

    The Babushka Baba Yaga
    Piggy Pie
    You Are Special
    Dinosaur Roar
    Sheep In a Jeep
    Of course, Harry Potter…goes without saying
    Junie B. Jones series….very funny

  8. Martha says

    Every adoptive home needs Little Miss Spider–“When finding your mother there’s one certain test. You must look for the creature that loves you the best.”

  9. Jennifer S. says

    We LOVE the Borrowers series by Mary Norton. I remember reading the first one as a child and being captivated. My 7 year old daughter and I read the whole series (5 books) last year and loved, loved, loved them.
    Right now we are going through the Narnia series – which I also loved as a child. C.S. Lewis is so talented at presenting Christian truth in a different format – and it was wonderful to discuss the parallels with my little girl – especially how Aslan’s self-sacrifice represents what Jesus did for us on the cross. It’s so cool that she can totally get that at 7 years old.

  10. Kim says

    Our kids have all loved the Llama Llama books when they are toddlers (and older). Our favorites are Red Pajama and Mad at Mama. Goodnight Moon, Go Dog Go, Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom and Harry the Dirty Dog are all current favorites of our two-year-old as well!

    • mzloolue says

      Two of my favorites are Homeplace by Crescent Dragonwagon and Piggy in the Puddle.

      Homeplace is not to be missed.
      And Piggy in the Puddle is funny and fun to read again and again and again.

  11. says

    I am replying to the painted shutters. I see where she had used Peel Stop to prevent her chippy shutters from peeling. Well I would like to know what I could use to CLEAN those chippy doors and such before I would use the Peel Stop. I do not want to take off anymore chippy pain than necessary. Do you have any ideas of how I could do this?

    Thanks so much

    • Layla says

      Hi Shannan! We just used a bucket of water and a brush from the home improvement store to scrub them several times (outdoors). We made sure to wear masks while we were doing it, too. Safety first! :-)

  12. says

    Peel Stop is most likely going to become my new best friend! Do you know how many times my husband has been frustrated by all of my chippy decor?!?! Can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing :-)

  13. bshipp says

    How has the Peel stop held up? Has it yellowed? I’m having a really hard time finding a non-yellowing sealer for my freshly painted white side tables. Do you think it would work for them?