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:
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:
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:
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:
Looks summery, right??
I cut the pickets to fit using my miter saw:
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:
They really add so much to this otherwise very plain little bookcase.
A few summer-inspired accessories complete the look.
This little white basket was a 99¢ thrift store find that I painted white…
The blue Ball jars were all yard sale finds.
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. 🙂
Of course hydrangeas always say Summer to me…
These are from my garden (Mini Penny Hydrangea), inside a thrift store enamel kettle.
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.)
See what Summer-inspired projects my friends are making today as well!
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.
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:
UPDATE…No waiting necessary! See what I did with it HERE now!
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