Looking for a quick makeover for an ugly bookshelf? Read on!
I bought this bookshelf when I first moved out of my parents house and into my very first tiny apartment about 8 years ago. It was cheap, so it fit my budget perfectly. Made of a whole bunch of particle board and veneer, I'm surprised this little shelf is still standing. I've been eyeing it for awhile now, knowing I could make it a little less ugly, and a little more me. So, with a sander, a paintbrush and some leftover paint in hand, I tackled this refinishing project in just a couple of hours.
I started by removing the oh-so-sturdy cardboard backing and the two inner shelves, then I got to sanding. I didn't have to sand much at all, since the finish on my bookshelf was so thin.
Next I thoroughly wiped my shelf down and applied a coat of primer. Since I was working outside and there was a gentle breeze blowing, there was hardly any drying time, score!
With a fine grit sand paper, I gently sanded my shelf, dusted it off and applied two coats of Beauti-Tone's Verone, a light taupe-y grey color I had leftover from a previous painting project.
While the shelf was drying I spray painted the cardboard backing with Pistachio from Krylon, left over from my Beer Bucket project a couple of weeks ago.
Once the cardboard backing was dried I used a sponge brush to paint little pink and white butterfly-ish and flower-ish details. You know, very abstract. Basically, I wanted it to be girly, but I didn't want to spend a ton of time stenciling or detail painting or anything that involved major effort on my part.
Once everything was nice and dry I did a quick once-over with a spray on clear coat.
I reassembled and that was that!