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.