Bookshelf Facelift

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One of the last projects I’m going to share with you for Far Far Away week is how to give a little facelift to an inexpensive bookshelf.  I took this….

bookshelf makeover

and transformed it into this….

bookshelf makeover

The bookshelf I’m starting with is a particleboard bookshelf.  Yup, really inexpensive.  It’s too dark for my daughter’s bedroom so to lighten it up, I thought I’d just paint it white and mod podge on something on the back face of the bookshelf.

I started with a simple coat of spray on krylon paint.  The next few coats of paint were simple latex wall paint I had leftover from something else.  It was amazing what a little paint did already.

bookshelf makeover

For the back face of the bookshelf, I wanted to incorporate some of the fairy tale theme with some far far away fabric.  Well, not really the fabric – since I’m saving all of that for the quilt I’m working on.  So I ironed some fabric and was off to Kinkos again!

Please note: My understanding of copyright law as it applies to photocopying fabric is that it is legal if you do not resell anything made with those photocopies and the fabric you used remains in your possession (meaning you do not sell the fabric you photocopied either.)  

bookshelf makeover

Once I got my beautiful copies, I trimmed the white off the edges.  Next using a foam roller, I spread mod podge onto the surface, applied the photocopy, and applied a second layer of mod podge.

bookshelf makeover
bookshelf makeover

I went back and smoothed it out with a bone folder.  Continue until the back is completely covered.

bookshelf makeover

Let it dry and voila!  A simple facelift for an inexpensive bookshelf.

bookshelf makeover

Looks a lot better don’t you think?


5 Comments on Bookshelf Facelift

  1. CourtneyKeb
    November 7, 2010 at 7:14 AM (7 years ago)

    A fresh coat of white paint and some good ol’ Mod Podge make great pick me ups! Great job!

  2. Anna
    November 7, 2010 at 9:27 AM (7 years ago)

    it looks great Vanessa! what a fun bookshelf. 🙂

  3. Mod Podge Amy
    November 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM (7 years ago)

    That’s awesome! I love it! And yes, you are totally correct about the law. You can make photocopies and use for personal items. So fun!

  4. Firenze
    November 15, 2010 at 1:15 AM (7 years ago)

    Well done – a quick (it seems) and relatively easy looking job! I’m sure your daughter loves it! TFS
    Helen — Firenze Cards


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