I couldn’t take it anymore! I wanted to burn this ugly, cheap and flimsy bookshelf, but right now we don’t have money to invest in a new one now so I had to make do with it. Until…. I decided to redo it, liven up my office and take up a new craft.
Mind you, I’m not a super crafter or furniture re-doer (if that’s a word) but I figured it couldn’t be any uglier than it already was. Right??! So, here we go — here’s how to redo a bookshelf without sanding and style it up for your home office!
Seriously, this is so easy a 6 year old can do it — and my son did!
Deciding that I didn’t just want another blah bookshelf ( I didn’t want it going from ugly to uglier) I chose two colors for the actual bookshelf and a patterned design for the back of it.
Inspired by my lipstick (yes, really) I chose coral and off white non-gloss paints and paired it with a classic black and white pattern.
Old and ugly bookshelf (a must!)
Two different color paints (non-gloss for a matte look) — $10 each from Walmart
Patterned paper such as gift wrap, wall paper or drawer lining as seen here — $3 from Target
Brushes — 2-3 standard painters brush and mini-paint roller (optional) — starting from $.49 at Walmart
LED string lights for added style as seen here — $3 from Target
Remove the boards from back of the bookshelf — this takes the longest
Once removed, cover with your patterned paper of choice — drawer liners sticky backs to it’s peel and stick on!
Clean bookshelf with a damp cloth to get off dust and loose pieces, particles, etc.
Painting the Outer Shelf
NOTE: Because of the plastic like texture of the shelf, I didn’t bother to sand it, I just made sure it was clean and painted with thick coats
Paint the top and the sides of the bookshelf with one coat to get feel of brush and check out the color
Thin layers dry fast, so add another and make sure you are getting good coverage especially on cheap and plastic like surfaces
Do 2-3 coats (or more) in even strokes
Let dry over night
Painting the Shelves
Begin by painting the top and sides of the shelves first
2-3 coats or as needed
Let dry overnight
Add painters tape to the sides and paint the front facing ends of the shelves
Once you are happy with your handy work and paint is completely dry it’s time to nail the newly patterned boards back on
Lay bookshelf facing down
Line up board(s) and nail the top two corners first
Quickly check they are properly lined up and finishing nailing
Add hooks to the side for extra style (I keep jewelry in my office!) I bought this GLAM hook at the dollar store and spray painted it gold.
Decorate with colorful bunting or string lights as I did. This will instantly liven up your work space taking it from blah to hoorah!
Am I happier? YES YES YES! Recently the basement flooded and the first thing I did was save my bookshelf! It makes all of the difference in the world — now, see that shelf to the left? I picked it up off the curb and it’s going to be my next project.
Note: I did not do this in one day. The fact that kids and paint can be fatal, I worked around them so it took me a few weeks — but you can do this in one weekend, dry times included.