DIY Bookcase Transformation


Hey everyone, Happy Sunday! This is just going to be a short little post about how  I gave this old bookcase a face lift and what items I used to get the job done. The bookcase itself is from 1993, and it belonged to my parents shortly after I was born. Long story short, it's been hiding away in a closet in the bonus room for the past ten years, and we recently decided that it would make a nice little rainy day project. I'm a huge book collector, so I desperately needed something that could display (almost) all of them, as well as blend in nicely with the rest of my furniture. 

I used about 3 and a half bottles of Martha Stewart's Vintage Décor chalk finish paint in "Antique Sky" , and painted 2-3 coats on each section. We removed the doors and shelves and painted them separately, and I bought  clear glass knobs from World Market for the doors.  We also had to remove the bronze metal pieces from behind the knobs and then re-install them once the doors were painted and dried. 

Once everything was painted with 2-3 coats, we glazed the outsides of the bookcase and doors with a clear cream wax from Americana Decor. The entire process took me about a week and a half to completely finish, but you could probably tackle it in one weekend if you devoted all of your time towards it. 


Although it's far from perfect or professional, I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The chalk finish of the paint with the new glass knobs give the bookcase a really pretty and soft vintage feel, and the color is beautiful without being too bright or busy. 

I decorated my new bookshelf by organizing and arranging all of my books by color, and then throwing in some random knick-knacks and keepsakes to give it some more character. I also turned it into a multi-purpose piece  by putting my TV on top of it, since the bookcase and my bed face one another. This helped to open up some space in my room and allowed me to get rid of my old TV stand that didn't really match the rest of furniture. 



What do you think? Let me know if you have any questions about what I used or how I did it, and thanks so much for reading!