Hello awesome Friends! Did you miss not having a fresh new makeover from me on Tuesday? I’ve spoiled you, haven’t I? Well hopefully I’ll make it up to you today!
If you missed it, on Tuesday I shared 10 tools that are must-haves in my workshop, a great resource if you are just getting into the upcycling game!
I shared a peek at today’s makeover on Tuesday and in my Vintage Night Table post I shared a couple of weeks ago, it’s this bookcase I scored at an estate sale for $40:
I loved how big it was and that it was hand-built. Pretty no?
No really it is not so pretty here, but I knew a little paint would fix it right up.
Who knew that old bookcase could be so pretty? I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use. Read my full disclosure here.
I started by removing the original plywood backing, and patching the holes/gouges with woodfiller:
Bookcases are so much easier to paint if you remove the back. I planned to replace the back on this one anyway. I used hardboard that I found at Lowes. It’s the same thing I use to make chalkboards, and looks like pegboard, but without the holes. It was around $9 for a 4X8 sheet of it, and I had Lowes cut it to size for me.
Adding stripes is always easy to execute and I like easy!
I used FrogTape for delicate surfaces in the almost 2″ wide size, then doubled to make my stripes almost four inches wide:
See how I “measure” out my stripes HERE. (That is one of my favorite makeovers!)
I love this tape, I always get these beautifully crisp lines…
For this piece, I used Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk paint mixed 50/50 with my DIY chalk paint in Ultra Pure White. The stripes are Fluff by Dixie Belle Paint. I removed the tape immediately after adding my second coat of Fluff white paint.
Then I gave it a light sanding after it had thoroughly dried, followed by a coat of Polycrylic Sealer in satin.
I kept the back pretty and clean, but only gave the bookcase itself one coat of paint followed by a light sanding. Since this bookcase was a little rough already, I wanted it to look a little more distressed:
I used the same Polycrylic sealer on the shelves. Normally my favorite sealer would be wax, but for a piece that will possibly have to handle the abuse of books being slid in out often, I opted for the Polycrylic. I don’t love the finish quite as much, but it works on this more distressed piece.
I don’t have a ton of pretty books so I chose to fill it with pretty ironstone instead.
These little pieces came out of my hutch. I love the simple greenery for winter…
As a bonus today, I have four more talented friends sharing furniture makeovers of their own, as part of a new group called Furniture Fixer Uppers!
Click on the links below the image to see each makeover!
Don’t you want to go paint something now? 🙂
I’ll be back on Tuesday with the makeover of this little cutie:
See ya’ll then!
UPDATE: No need to wait….see how this cute stool turned out HERE now!
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