Hello beautiful friends! Now that our kitchen makeover is complete (see the big reveal HERE!), I am back to my favorite thing of all: giving new life to forgotten gems!
Today I’m getting together with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls where we all share furniture flips. Be sure to look for links to their makeovers at the bottom!
My project for today is this bookcase I spied at a yard sale a couple of weekends ago:
I was out running errands that Saturday morning and of course I just cannot pass up a yard sale sign. An elderly couple was selling this bookcase for $25. That is a great deal for a solid wood bookcase, but I am cheap and didn’t want to insult them by offering what I really wanted to pay, so I left it behind and decided if it was still there on the way back, then I would make an offer.
Well it was! They had closed up for the day and this was still sitting in front of their garage. I offered $15 and they gladly accepted.
My original plan was to paint it for a young boy’s bedroom, but I had fun staging it for a bathroom:
I had originally planned to add little whales to the back as well, but I liked it when I got to this point. Plus it will be more versatile without the whales. It sure would have been cute though!
I used the old school painting method on this bookcase this time. Chalk paint is my favorite for most furniture pieces but since this will likely be getting heavy use holding books and all, I decided to sand, prime and paint. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
First I removed the backing. That makes painting shelves SO much easier! Then I had a few boo boos to take care of..
I sanded the whole piece with my rotary sander:
After giving it a good vacuuming and wipe-down, I primed with leftover Kilz Premium Primer from our kitchen redo.
Then it got two coats of paint in Behr’s Wind Speed in Satin that I had leftover from our boys’ bathroom makeover.
For the back, I used the same blue. Then I used FrogTape for delicate surfaces doubled up to create broad stripes in white. See how I line up my stripes easily HERE. This is leftover paint also…Ultra Pure White from Behr in satin that we used on our kitchen cabinets. I love using up all those old paints!
It took three coats to cover the blue, then I immediately pulled the tape off after the third coat:
FrogTape is a dream to work with, and you know I love some stripes!
There is no need to seal it when you use a satin finish so that was it!
Remember that chair? I originally painted it to go with this desk HERE, but just had to keep it.
And you might remember this basket I painted as part of several “smalls” I shared in this post HERE…
I love painted baskets on shelves!
I borrowed the lantern and the grass from my boys’ bathroom…the lantern is a great place to store washcloths:
And just for fun…styled for a sweet boy:
It was fun working on something other than our kitchen for a change!
Don’t forget my friends are also sharing furniture makeovers today:
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I made with these fabrics:
Have an amazing weekend, friends!
UPDATE: See what I created out of these pretty fabrics I had in my stash HERE now!
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