I’ve been working hard on updating my living room lately. It is one of the most used spaces in our home and it needed some major TLC. When I updated our office last year, two of the bookshelves found their way into my living room space. I was struggling with what to do with them. We talked about selling them, but we have books that needed a home. 🙂 After much thought, I decided to refinish them. They will probably end up in our master bedroom, but for now check out the photos of this Beautiful Bookcase Makeover below.
Here is the before picture. They definitely needed a little help and the reddish brown color wasn’t working with my home decor any longer.
Here is the refinish process:
The first step was to fill in the scratches/dents with wood filler. Then I lightly sanded all the surfaces with a medium grade sanding sponge. I wiped them completely down with a damp cloth and then wiped them a second time with Mineral Spirits to make sure they were dust free. Then I primed them with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer. I knew this was going to be a big project, so I decided to use my Wagner Control Spray Max to make the job go a little faster. I used this same sprayer to stain my deck. The paint color is Behr Snowy Pine in Satin. I did thin the paint, adding 1/2 – 1 cup of water per gallon, until it was the right consistency. Then I strained it and added it to the sprayer. I tested it on cardboard to make sure the finish was smooth. Over all I did about 5 very thin coats with the sprayer. For durability I coated the shelves with 2 coats of Polycrylic.
Here is the process I used for the fabric backing:
I let the bookcases cure for about a month before placing anything on them. Then I measured the height and width of each shelf space and cut foam board to fit. Using spray adhesive I attached the fabric to the foam board and tapped the pieces in place on the bookcases.
Here are some close up pictures for the detail.
The cut file for the basket verse at the top of the bookcase is available for free, just subscribe to receive the password. Then go to this page and enter it.
Finally a sneak peak at my living room updates.
I’m really pleased with the way this Beautiful Bookcase Makeover came out. I always feel a great sense of accomplishment when I complete a project like this. The finish is holding up well and I’m so happy we didn’t sell them!
List of resources:
Bookcases – Originally from Target – Carson 5 Shelf Bookcase – Threshold
Foam Board – Hobby Lobby
Spray Adhesive – Loctite
Fabric – Hobby Lobby
Bookcase Paint Color – Behr Snowy Pine in Satin
Shelf Protective Clear Coat – Polycrylic
Wall Paint Color – Behr Planetary Silver
Flower Wall Art – Kohls
Paint Sprayer – Wagner Control Spray Max