Fake Built In Bookshelf from Closet Organizers
After 10 years in my home, I was ready to commit to a grown up living room. No more curbside finds that were basically place holders for decent furniture. No more using my front room as a holding place for completed furniture. For the full experience of how we lived for the past several years, I recommend you check out my Home Video tour.
I have always wanted built ins, but not in love with the cost. After wracking my brain and searching the internet for the right size bookshelves that would fit between wall and window (a narrow area), I hit upon the idea of using Closet organizers and painting them out! Fake Built in Bookshelf from Closet Organizers was born!
The idea of using closet organizers came to me while I was in Home Depot searching for DIY Shelving. I always think everything is a Done in a Day project. NOT SO HERE. It took a little more time to assemble the Closet organizers than it would for a put together bookshelf.
Be sure to have all your friends (tools) available. It will keep the frustration level down…..
One down, three to go. The surface of these were about as slick as ice. I had to rough up the surfaces with a 220 grit sandpaper so my CeCe Caldwell’s paints would have something to stick to.
I used a very light coat of Zinnser Spray primer on every surface. I let the primer cure for 24 hours. I painted the exterior with CeCe Caldwell’s Pittsburg Grey and the shelving in Vintage White. I used three coats of Pittsburg Grey for the entire pieces. Normally 3 coats would not be required. However, I had to paint very thin coats to let the paint adhere and cure properly. After all paint had dried for 24 hours, I sealed everything with my favorite CeCe Caldwell’s Endurance and buffed it out with a brown paper bag. You can see how at my Video Tutorial. It is a pretty neat trick!
I moved the shelving units into place (by myself, couldn’t wait for suffering husband to get home). Secure them to the wall (I live in earthquake country in California). Then I filled them with our beloved books! Our books have been hiding in shelving in my office. I have always wanted them in the front room where they are easily assessable.
The rest of the room is a work in progress, with chairs awaiting upholstery, a couch arriving soon and a dog that loves the new area rug….
Sharing the rest of the room and the progress in the days to come. Stay tuned, it is coming together! In the meantime, feel free to peruse my book selection….
My closet organizers turned bookshelves are heading to these parties: