Bookcase Makeover & Styling {A Décor Challenge}

Welcome to our newest decorating challenge, Styling Bookcases. This theme really is a challenge for me for a couple of reasons. One, I do not own a bookcase. (Unless you count the one in my five-year old’s room.) And two, how can I possibly guide anyone on how to style them properly if I don’t own any myself?

How then am I going to participate in this fun décor challenge? No I didn’t steal the bookcase one from my son’s room, I found one at one of my favorite thrift stores and gave it a makeover! (That’s more my thang anyway.)

Here is the gem of a bookcase I found for $24 at the thrift store:

Bookcase-before

Now to some, this might look like a sad dated little bookcase, especially with those curves at the top, but not me…I loved it!

I brought it home and turned it into a coastal cottage charmer:

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I almost didn’t bring it home…I spotted this immediately as I walked in, but the guy who works there who knows me said he had two more bookcases in the back that they hadn’t had a chance to put out yet. I walked away for two minutes and when I came back around the corner, there was a girl literally hugging my bookcase! What?? I wanted to swat her away as she was pleading with her father to buy it for her. I walked around for a minute and came back and luckily it was still there. I grabbed the ticket and sprinted to the counter!

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I am in the market to paint my TV console which normally sits between these two chairs in my living room. I used this bookcase as a guinea pig to test out this beautiful shade of blue. I brought the chairs over to see how my painted console would look between them. I like it!

I did have a bit of prep for this piece, as in filling in all the nail holes and dents/large scratches that would show once painted:

Bookcase-Makeover-1

I loved that the back was made up of individual slats of wood, shiplap? The girl who was trying to steal my bookcase was telling her Dad how all they needed to do was take the ugly wood off the back. It was half falling off, but no way… I carefully removed each piece and painted it.

Bookcase-Makeover-2

And put it all back together.

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Now about the styling part…I know there are all kinds of rules floating around out there, but honestly, if you like how it looks that should be enough, right? I am fairly certain I broke some styling rules here, especially since I don’t know them.

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I just filled it with things I love…

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

A coastal theme seemed the best fit for this beautiful beachy color. This is Behr’s Serene Breeze and I am in love with it. I made it into DIY chalk paint and went to town!

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

(Imagine that basket filled with something suitable for a beachy bookcase.)

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I did try to keep the colors of what I added to the shelves cohesive, and repeated colors and textures throughout.

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I can only imagine what a challenge it must be to style large built-ins.

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I do love how the curvy trim that dated this piece to begin with looks now that it’s painted.

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

And these pretty little hydrangeas were a couple of late bloomers I was lucky to find. Most of them are burgundy and deep green now.

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The deep green fits perfectly with my Fall hutch, which I just shared with my new Fall Mini Pumpkin Garland. It has a much different feel than this Summery bookcase!

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

You’re sure to be inspired (and may find actual rules to styling bookcases) from my talented Décor Enthusiast crew. They’re sharing their own styled bookcases as well today:

12002853_10206555589240848_1668816496387889199_n

Our Southern Home

Refresh Restyle

Duke Manor Farm (Formerly Top This Top That)

Artsy Chicks Rule

Restoration Redoux

Fox Hollow Cottage

If you have a styled bookcase or shelving that you’re proud of, we want to see it! Take a photo and hop on over to our Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook and share with us! We created this forum not only so you could participate in our fun decorating challenges, but also so that you have a judge-free zone to share your projects any time, ask questions, and hang out with other creatives just like you!

11222474_10153584415394663_7033113212103263314_n

 

But wait! There’s more! Let’s play on Instagram too!

image

Here’s how to play:

1. Add your own photo on Instagram

2. Tag it with the #DecorEnthusiast hashtag

3. Follow all 7 of your hosts here:

@christykjames (me!)     @artsychicksrule     @oursouthernhome     @restorationredoux     @refreshrestyle     @topthistopthat   @foxhollowcottage

We will choose one winner that will be featured on all 7 IG feeds this Saturday!!

Can’t wait to see what you guys have to share!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my new Fall centerpiece for my dining room table…it’s another upcylcle! 🙂

Here’s a hint…I used this lantern:

Update-Planters-with-Sisal-8

UPDATE: BAM! See my new lantern centerpiece here now!

XO,

Signature

 

If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!

Email * Facebook * Pinterest * Hometalk * Twitter * Instagram

I love to share at these great parties:

 The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off  Between Naps on the Porch  Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista

 

More Posts You Might Like:

Comments

  1. Shirley Dunn (England). says:

    Well done on spotting the potential in this bookcase. You were determined to get it!! Great colour & dressing..

  2. I love this…it’s so fresh and adorable. I really like the color AND the way you styled it. I don’t believe in rules when it comes to personal decorating. “If you love it, use it” sounds like a Golden Rule to me and should be the only one that matters.

    Your story of the little girl reminds me of when I went to Goodwill the other day…there were two women standing by a dresser, deep in discussion. One took off towards the front of the store, and the other one was left there, standing over the dresser. She had that nervous look, eyes darting back and forth and I was pretty sure she would have body slammed anyone who took an interest in that dresser. Recognizing a kindred spirit, I just smiled and walked away.

  3. Beautiful makeover…love the color!!

  4. Perfect color! So glad that little girl didn’t get it 😉 Great styling!
    Debbie

  5. Soooooooo love every little thing about every little thing!! The makeover, the color (sa-woon), the textures, composition…

    ADORE. SO. MUCH!

  6. Wow, really NICE job on the shelf! Amazing what good taste and paint will do. Every time I see your work, I wish I had your ability to pull stuff like this together! Where do I get the education for this/Where did you start?!? The shelf itself is beautiful, and the decorating is lovely as well. …Don’t tell the other ladies, but for all you “don’t know how to do bookshelves” (ha!), I like yours by far the best. It’s so light and refreshing!

    • You are so sweet, Becky!! Thank you! I think it’s harder to come up with ideas sometimes for your own space. I am planning on selling this bookcase, so there is no pressure to pick just the right color or style it just perfectly because I won’t have to look at it every day. Décor in your own home can be a lot more challenging, but sometimes you just have to jump in and go for it! 🙂

  7. What a pretty makeover (and color and decor!! 😉 ) you gave this little thing you almost didn’t end up with! lol I’m so happy you did!!! It’s a beauty.
    xo
    Nancy

  8. It’s far from a sad little bookcase now Christy – beautiful. I love the way you styled it with coastal charm too.

  9. Great looking piece and BTW you did great job placing all the accessories in the bookcase. Very pleasing to the eye.

  10. Another great makeover, Christy!

  11. Linda Petersen says:

    I love it Christy! The color is beautiful & the styling perfect. I love “ruffles” across the top & bottom of pieces. Anything Shabby & Cottage romantic is my favorite style. You are awesome at whatever you are doing :)!
    XO
    PS I am doing the mini pumpkin garland~~~so cute.

    • We have very similar tastes, Linda! I love anything that looks like it was pulled out of a quaint little cottage, even better if that cottage was by the sea! I’m so glad you like this, and I’m thrilled to hear you are making a pumpkin garland! Aren’t those tiny pumpkins the cutest?? XOXO

  12. Why does everything look better painted in aqua?! Great makeover!

  13. Such a fun project and update. Can’t believe you stole that poor child’s bookcase. I’m sure she was left traumatized! LOL! She’s probably a future DIYer with that vision. Well done my friend. Love the coastal styling!

  14. Christy, your bookcase came out so cute. I love the color and decor. Styling rules or not it looks Ahhhmazzzing!! I don’t know the rules for styling bookshelves either and I’ve been battling that DIYsease for years. If you love it then it’s perfect!!

    Hugs,
    Denyse

  15. Hi Christy,
    Oh my, I love what you did with this old bookcase. It is adorable, and love the color and the way you accessorized it. It really looks beautiful and Coastal………….
    Great job hon,
    Blessings for a Happy Fall,
    Nellie

Trackbacks

  1. […] Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer […]

  2. […] Confessions Of A Serial DIYer   ||  Restoration Redoux   ||   Refresh Restyle  […]

  3. […] Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer […]

  4. […] Confessions of a Serial Do it Yourselfer […]

  5. […] Southern Home  • Fox Hollow Cottage •  Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer  […]

  6. […] You guys may remember this one as it was part of one of our decorating challenges. –> Coastal Bookcase […]

  7. […] of a Serial Do It Yourself – Amazing Bookcase Makeover  – You won’t believe the […]

Speak Your Mind

*