Sometimes an old piece of furniture seems like it’s so ugly or plain that it has no hope for a successful DIY make-over. Take this bookcase for example.
This bookshelf was a staple in my teeny-bopper bedroom. It held things that awkward pre-teen girls loved back then; like picture frames, Michael Jordan books and bug cages (yea… don’t ask).
Thankfully, this poor bookcase escaped the misery of being called home to grasshoppers and earthworms and graduated to my classroom. In my classroom, this shelf served as a place for my students to store their binders and any other supplies they needed during class. Although this shelf has had an adventurous life, it just hasn’t been able to find its inner glam.
I know she doesn’t look like she has a lot of potential, but don’t be fooled- looks can be deceiving. To bring out the inner glam that I feel like this old thing deserves, I decided to add CHEVRON to the backing.
To kick off the project, I removed the backing. Just like many successful make-overs, the poor thing had to strip down and start from scratch. #allinthenameofglam
1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.
2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”
3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf using pencil.
4. Tape every other chevron (warning: this part is tedious and a little time consuming)
5. Spray paint (I needed 3 coats because of the dark color)
6. Take off the tape and admire your work!
I was amazed at the pop of glam that these chevron stripes provided. I was even more amazed that some of the navy spray paint seeped onto the white chevron. With some tedious scraping, I created a more crisp, clean line.
6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf, dress her up and enjoy!
Who knew that this teeny-bopper bookcase could turn into such a masterpiece? I can’t wait for someone to come over and say… “Oh my goodness, I love this!”
This “old thing” had far more potential than it originally appeared to have. Don’t underestimate the potential of your “old things”. With a little creativity and lots of spray paint, there is no piece of furniture too ugly or too plain to makeover.
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So, I’ve had this white bookcase for years now. I think I must have purchased it way back in college for about $30. It has since moved all over with me, but has somehow always been a part of my bedroom decor.
For the past year, it sat in our bedroom looking like this…
Sure, it holds lots of crapola, and I try to make it look purty…but let’s be honest. It’s white, bland, and lacking the spunk that our bedroom deserves.
So after finding some gorgeous inspiration via the blogosphere and pinterest…
I knew it was time to give this boring snoring bookcase a new life, with a little stenciling!
I drove out to the burbs to the closest Michael’s (c’mon St. Louis…let’s get some more craft stores in the city!) and came home with all of these goodies.
2 pieces of foam board (20 x 30 x 3/16in.) They were a whopping $2.89 each (cue happy dance!)
Martha Stewart stencil (A little pricey at $16, but my coupon brought it down to $8)
Martha Stewart stencil brushes (This woman knows what’s up, $7)
1 bottle bright green acrylic paint (already owned)
Razor (already owned)
Painter’s tape (already owned)
TOTAL COST: $21 (but the stencils and brushes will benefit many future projects)
The first thing I did was take out all of the shelves and measure the bookcase. The 2 pieces of foam board were a tiny bit big for my bookcase. So I had to cut, pull off, chew off, saw off a little over an inch. (*Disclaimer: Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m a wee bit dangerous when it comes to cutting. Being a lefty, I pretty much suck at it. So if you see me with scissors ever..run, run fast my friend!)
Once my two pieces of foam board were the correct size, I got ready to stencil.
Being new to the stenciling world I did a little practice beforehand on a piece of paper. Once I was more confident in my stenciling skills, it was time to attack the foam board.
Now let me tell ya…this was a loooooooooong project. I thought it might take 30 minutes tops to stencil each foam board. Wrong-o! The first foam board took me about 2 hours to complete. Luckily, the boy was nearby to entertain (a.k.a. refill my vino) and encourage (a.k.a. “Wow, that doesn’t look terrible, Case.”) So the time flew right on by…
I did my best to keep the stencil flat with tape and I tried not to use much paint on the brush so it wouldn’t seep under the edges.
I did make a few mistakes along the way…
But I just put a book here, a photo frame there, and mistakes be-gone!
In the end I think it turned out beautifully!