5.28.13 Make Over a Cheap Old Bookshelf

I started to throw this bookshelf out because it looked so cheap and ugly, but then I thought I might be able to make it over.  For the record, the 'shoe' box is covering a big hole. ;)

I needed it to be white to match the decor of the room, so I painted it white.  I first tried spray paint, but that didn't cover it well at all.  So I used regular latex paint and put it on with a roller brush.  It was kind of cool - the roller gave it some texture that ended up looking like this:

After painting it completely, I added some iron "gingerbread" that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  I wanted black, and they had black - but only one left.  Well, that wouldn't work.  I needed two.  They also had them in brown, so I bought two of those.  I could paint them black.

I was out of black spray paint, but I had some chalkboard paint so I just used that.  Worked perfectly.

Screwed these onto the bookshelf, and it was finished!

Here is the final result (although the lighting is yuck - I couldn't seem to get a good picture for some reason):

So we took it from this - to - this. 

I thought it turned out pretty cute.  And once again, cost very little.  That's always a plus. :)

Oh, and I didn't bother to fix that big hole. Lol.  I figured it would always have something sitting in front of it to cover it up. ;)



  1. Very cute & such a great idea!! :D
    Saw you at The Shabby Creek Cottage!

    1. Thank you for the kind comment! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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