Reclaimed Wood Bookcase

Hi Friends! Today I’m joining my Power Tool Girl Crew to bring you a simple project I did using power tools! I love these group challenges because they motivate me to get stuff done! This month’s theme is “Summer”.

I wanted to do something with this little bookcase I picked up at the thrift store for $12 a couple of weeks ago:

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It looked like someone had some sort of electronics on the bottom shelf that needed to be vented, so two big holes had been cut out on the back.

When I bought it, I originally planned to replace the back with bead board, but that didn’t seem very “Summery” to me.

Then I remembered this pile of discarded fencing:

Discarded Fencing=Pure gold

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to cram EVERY last piece in my car at the time, but I still have a couple of these fence sections left from that haul:

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Those people were having a yard sale, but were so nice to let me dig through their curbside trash. They even helped me load it! I did purchase this dresser for $5 that I redid as part of my March Madness Series though. 🙂

I decided to use them instead of the bead board to replace the backing on the shelf:

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Looks summery, right??

I cut the pickets to fit using my miter saw:

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That’s one of the hardest working tools for the projects I do.

I wiped the pickets down really well, then I gave them a white-wash like I did on this tray. Then I attached them with small nails.

I love the coastal feel of the white-washed fence pickets:

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

They really add so much to this otherwise very plain little bookcase.

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

A few summer-inspired accessories complete the look.

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This little white basket was a 99¢ thrift store find that I painted white…

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The blue Ball jars were all yard sale finds.

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I got several of the large ones you see on the bottom for $5 each! I didn’t have enough money on me at the time, but  ran home as fast I could and came back for them. 🙂

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Of course hydrangeas always say Summer to me…

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

These are from my garden (Mini Penny Hydrangea), inside a thrift store enamel kettle.

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The bookcase itself is painted in Pure White DIY Chalk paint, but I gave it two coats of Polycrylic (affiliate link) instead of wax this time, sanding lightly between coats. I thought that might hold up better to the wear and tear if this is actually purchased to use for books. (See how I apply Polycrylic here.)

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See what Summer-inspired projects my friends are making today as well!

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1. Frozen Treat Stand by My Love To Create

2. Red White And Blue Cornhole Game by Create And Babble

3. Drying Rack From Old Crib rail by The Kim Six Fix

4. Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy by Interior Frugalista

5. Star Clothes Drying Rack by A Piece Of Rainbow

6. Farmhouse Bench Building Plans by Refresh Restyle

7. Vegetable Gathering Basket by Designs By Studio C

8. DIY Standing Towel Rack Tutorial by H2OBungalow

9. Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by Confessions of A Serial Do-it-Yourselfer (That’s me!)

10. DIY Footstool by Virginia Sweet Pea

11. DIY Hose Hanger by My Repurposed Life

See all my previous Power Tool Challenge Projects HERE.

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I hope you’re feeling inspired!

I’ll be back on Tuesday to share what I made out of this piece I removed from that fence section:

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Any guesses?

UPDATE…No waiting necessary! See what I did with it HERE now!

XO,

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  1. I’m always amazed at the creativity you put into your projects! Love the fenceboards for the back of this shelf. Such a good save and so much better off too!

    • Christy says:

      Aww thanks, Wendi! You are so kind! I wasn’t sure I could make this special since it was such a plain little bookcase, but I’m so pleased with the character the fencing added. 🙂

  2. I love, love, love reusing old fence. It’s so perfectly GRAY!

    In fact I’ve actually done this several times because I love the gray against white.

    pinning!

    gail

    • Christy says:

      Me too, Gail!! I need a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for old fencing!” ha ha because nothing will get my attention faster while driving! It’s the perfect addition to so many projects! XO

  3. From broken and boring to Practical and Pretty! btw, I love that you scooped up that fabulous fence wood, and would do the same if had the opportunity -thanks for making me feel “normal” 😉

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Louise! It’s funny because NO ONE I know would dare stop to put those dirty fence pieces in their car…so you make me feel normal too ha ha! XO

  4. Sweet haul, Christy. I would have been packing those fence boards into my car too. As always, a gorgeous makeover and styled for Summer beautifully!

  5. Wow…so cute now!!

    -andi

  6. Wow, Christy! I love the combination of the weathered boards and the white paint on the bookcase! This is a really stunning project!

  7. That’s really beautiful! What a great idea!

  8. Marcie Lovett says:

    Wow, that was some hideous fencing. You have an amazing imagination, Christy! The whitewashed wood really gives this bookcase the coastal look. And now, of course, I want a miter saw.

    • Christy says:

      Ha ha yes it was! Thanks, Marcie…those nasty fence pickets clean up well lol. 🙂

  9. A new back and paint was just what this bookshelf needed. I love the texture that the fence boards give the back and the white wash is the perfect finishing touch.

    The GIF you made for your post is awesome! Just wanted you to know that I really admired that!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Paula! The GIF was made with an app on my iPhone called ImgPlay. It’s fun! 🙂

  10. Another beautiful project – you have such great vision! Pinned!

  11. well done.

  12. Christy I think I can do this, Thanks.

  13. Ok that is gorgeous! I will be trolling neighborhoods for down fences 😉 love it!!

  14. What a beautiful makeover Christy! I really love it and how you finished the fence panels…I think I need to do more white washing. 🙂

  15. Gina Keysor says:

    I love , love it💕!! I am inspired to whitewash my salvaged picket fencing. Perfect accessories too!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Gina! I love the white wash on old pickets. The dirty old pickets shine beautifully through the white paint. 🙂

  16. It looks great! I really like the fence board backing, that was a great idea! I just had an entire fence replaced and of course I had them leave the old boards with me! I’m excited to find projects to make using them :o)

    Tania

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Tania! You were smart to hang on to that fencing…so many good projects await! XO

  17. this is just beyond gorgeous!!! christy i love your dumpster diving adventures, and super pretty style!! xo

  18. Oh, I LOVE this one! Your new back is so perfect! I love old blue jars too and was lucky to get a bunch from my great grandma years ago. : )

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Becky!! That’s awesome that you have your Grandma’s jars…I love them!

  19. So cute, and yes, you have inspired me. Thanks for sharing!

  20. What a great update! Pinning to my Before and Afters board!

  21. Beautiful make-over Christy. It certainly has a pretty coastal look now. Thank you for sharing this project at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  22. You’ve captured this pelcyftre. Thanks for taking the time!

  23. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a super cute bookcase— similar to yours and it has avertical bead board backing. I will attempt a finish like this It’s so cute!

    • Thanks, Mary! I almost added bead board to the back, but this was a fun alternative! XO

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