Hi there sweet friends! Today I’m sharing how to update a bookcase with fence pickets! This post is from deep in the archives. I originally shared it way back in the summer of 2016!
The original post has been pinned almost 100k times, and I thought it would be a fun reshare while I’m on the hunt for more treasures for my next haul.
If you missed the final makeover from my Spring 2022 Haul, you can see that HERE.
With it being summer, there are likely lots of new fences going up. Don’t throw those old fence pickets away…there are so many uses for them!
I’m going to share how I updated this $12 thrift store bookcase with old fence pickets I found on the curb:
This one sure could use the help! 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.
Then I remembered this pile of discarded fencing I scored:
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to cram EVERY last piece in my car at the time, but I was able to get a good bit of it, and I still had a couple of those fence sections left:
Those people were having a yard sale that day but were so nice to let me dig through their curbside trash. They even helped me load it lol. I did purchase a dresser from them though!
How to Update a Bookcase with fence pickets
After painting this bookcase a simple white, I decided to use those old pickets instead of the bead board to replace the backing on the shelf.
I cut them to size with my miter saw and then did a test fit:
Whitewashing the Pickets
These photos are from an old tray post I did, but I whitewashed these pickets the very same way. The weathered pickets are the perfect base color for this technique!
After giving them a quick wipe down, I just painted, wiped it away, and voila!
You can water the paint down a bit if you like, but I didn’t do that here. If they are too white, you can use a wet rag to remove more paint.
I sealed the shelf with clear wax, and then I attached the new backing with small nails.
Here is how this coastal cutie looks now!
It looks a whole lot different, right??
I love the coastal feel of the white-washed fence pickets:
They really add so much to this otherwise very plain little bookcase.
That little white basket was a 99¢ thrift store find that I painted…
The blue Ball jars were all yard sale finds.
Of course hydrangeas always say summer to me…
Those were from our old garden (Mini Penny Hydrangea), inside a thrift store enamel kettle.
See even more reclaimed wood projects HERE:
I hope you’re inspired to hang onto those fence pickets! And sorry I gave you something else to hoard ha ha!
I’ll see you back here on Tuesday with this folding screen:
UPDATE: See how I updated this gem HERE now!
Have an amazing weekend!!
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