The other day I was be-bopping my way to drop the kids at school and noticed a neighbor had thrown out a perfectly good (but ugly) bookcase. My kids rolled their eyes as I pulled over quickly and hopped out to snag it.
There were actually 2 bookshelves in the pile of trash, but one was pressed wood with a laminate veneer. It was not worth saving in my opinion. But this little shelf had a sweet personality that was hiding behind an orange stain color.
No one really enjoys orange stain. People, let’s not make this mistake in the future. It only leads to landfill overcrowding.
And deep, deep regret.
The first step for this makeover was to sand it down slightly just to clean off the dirt and smooth some of the roughness away. Since I was using chalk paint I didn’t do a thorough job of sanding, that’s my favorite reason for using this medium.
There was a laminate piece that was heavily glued to the top.
Using a hammer and a putty knife I was able to pry it off in one piece.
Yes, my thumb is double jointed. Don’t hate.
I added feet by drilling holes into the bottom of the bookcase. These came from Lowe’s and are just the perfect size for this piece.
The body of the bookcase is painted with white and the back of it is painted with a turquoise to go with the pretty girl’s room. I was planning on this being hers, but she has her own opinion about what goes in her lair…teenagers…
So I will be selling this. Since I only have $22 invested in this makeover, I think it will be fairly easy to find a new home for this cutie.
Maybe I’ll see if my neighbor wants to buy it back!