How to Makeover a Marketplace Bookcase
For the longest time, my husband and I have said we need a bookcase. Why? Because we have books and, of course, tchotchkes! We scanned Marketplace and plenty of bookcases showed up, but many were not real wood or just too plain. We both wanted something out of the ordinary, not just a plain rectangle of shelves. When this one showed up we thought it ticked all the boxes.
*It was small.
*It was solid wood.
*It was only $35.
*The woman selling it offered to bring it to us!
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We started to laugh when we realized how small this bookcase actually was. It's just shy of 5 feet tall and the shelves are only 6 inches deep. The only books going on it are small ones...not exactly what we had in mind, but we rolled with it!
After removing the hardware, the entire thing was cleaned with Murphy's Oil Soap. One leg was a bit loose and my big bar clamp was sitting in the back of the storage unit with lots of 'stuff' in front of it. So it was glued and 'clamped' with big bands. The bands come in various sizes and I've used them on numerous occasions when I didn't have the right clamp. They work great!
Some minor dents were filled with wood filler and the entire bookcase was scuffed with 220 grit sandpaper.
Time for primer! I brushed and rolled the primer on for the first coat. I wanted a heavier coat, so I brushed the entire second coat.
I decided the back of the shelves would be decoupaged and found this beautiful tissue paper.
The paint color was chosen from the tissue paper.
The paint went on beautifully.
This is the brush I use for furniture. It never leaves brush marks!
Two coats of paint:
I left the back of the shelves in primer since they would be decoupaged.
Have you noticed that the color doesn't look gray? No, it's not your computer. In different light, the bookcase takes on a pink or sometimes a beige tone; but when the paint chip is on it, it's a perfect match. Either way, I love it!
Just a side note. We did not remove the back because it was tacked on really tight and we thought removing it would damage it.
Time for decoupage. Using a formula for furniture and a sponge brush the decoupage medium was brushed on.
I started at the bottom and worked my way up, brushing on the decoupage medium and rolling the tissue paper up with my fingers.
Then the paper was smoothed with plastic wrap. When it dried, a second coat was brushed over it and was smoothed.
With the second coat dried, it was time to trim.Exacto knife made short work of it.
Straight out of the 1970's and two of the same. In other words, not a left and a right. When I showed them to my husband, he thought you could just spin one of them...didn't work! HaHa! They are now in my junk box...you never know what they can be become!
I decided to spray paint the metal pulls.
Finally, the little bookcase was done!
I'm really pleased with the result, even if it doesn't look gray!
Well, maybe it does today.
But not later when the light changes.
And we'll see about tomorrow!
How about a peek at the shelves?
My maternal Great-Grandmother in Sweden, along with a perfume bottle I dug out of the ground on our property when I was a girl, an old glass furniture foot found at the Cottage, and my thrift store pig!
Fall Decorating post.
Before you run off, don't forget this is a blog hop and the rest of the team has some amazing upcycle/recycle/did-it-over projects to share with you. The links are all listed below: