For today's Thrift Store Decor Team, I'm sharing a 90's bookcase makeover. This set of bookcases was actually given to me. The set was very musty and moldy!
Be sure to see the projects shared by my friends at the end of this post.
You can see that they definitely needed some cleaning up. I used warm soapy water with a little bleach added. I wiped everything down, inside and out. You can also use TSP on a bookcase makeover like this.
Bookcase Makeover | Clean
As you can see the bookcase had a real issue of being yucky.
After a good cleaning the bookcase is now ready for it's makeover.
DIY Chalk Paint
After talking with a friend, she suggested a gray with a little turquoise. When I keep paint too long and the can gets rusty, I store paint in laundry jugs. This paint happened to be stored in a milk jug for years! This is the same paint I used to paint the Repurposed Fire Pit Outdoor Table Made with Pallet Wood.
Apply Two Light Coats of Paint
I applied two coats of the DIY Chalk Paint. The first batch I made up was enough to do everything once, and the inside of the shelves twice.
I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get the same shade for the second coat, but actually got it perfect. the drawer on the left is the second batch, the drawer on the right is from the first batch.
Boards on Sawhorses Allow More Room for Painting
It was a challenge to lay everything out and get both sides painted. I use 2x2’s on the saw horses to get the maximum amount of room.
Tip: If your paint is a little tacky, you can use wax paper to protect the finish while on the sawhorse.
These bookcases are so very heavy. The only way I can manage to move them is on furniture dollies.
Glue Gray Bookcase Makeover
After two coats inside and out the bookcases are showing a slight hint of the blue.
Bookcase Doors with Distressing
I distressed the edges by scraping very lightly with a putty knife. Emery Boards are also very handy for light distressing.
Spray Paint Hardware
I used black spray paint on the hardware. I wasn’t about to change it all out.
Old Bookcase Makeover Complete
Are they blue? Are they gray?
I waxed the bookcases with Annie Sloan clear wax. I think that brought out the gray?
There is quite a bit of damage on this one drawer of this bookcase. Perhaps I could have made it a shelf, but my heart wasn’t in it. Since I sell my pieces, the final decision would be up to the new owner.
I love using the homemade chalk paint! I did have to sand the surfaces lightly before I waxed them. (due to them being a little gritty) But after a a quick, light sanding, they were oh so smooth! Surely someone would love to give these a new home.
see more Chalky Paint Projects by clicking that link
Every so often, even I need to take a break from the saw and drill.
Thrift Store Makeovers Furniture & More
We've been a busy bunch, take some time to visit everyone and see all the other wonderful thrift store makeovers!
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Shutter Shelf DIY
TV Console Makeover
Florist Vase Makeover Inspired by Cloisonne
Repurposed Kitchen Tools As Planters
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.