Bookshelf Dumpster Diva, A Major Makeover

Do you know how THRILLING it is to find something decent in or around a dumpster?  I found a bookshelf missing all the inner parts (shelves) several months ago.  I thought inspiration would hit right away.  Instead, the perfectly good bookshelf shell languished in my garage, collecting dust.  In my very concerted effort to use every last thing in my stash before I buy (dive) for too much more, I finally got around to making it over.

Dumpster Bookshelf Makeover RedouxinteriorsNOTE: Video on the entire process coming soon!

If I knew it was going to turn out this amazing, I wouldn’t have let it sit in this state for so long!  Here she is in her naked premakeover stage:

Dumpster Bookshelf BEFORE  redouxinteriorsSeriously! People throw out the best stuff sometimes!

After giving the poor thing a thorough cleaning with TSP.  I measured the inside and cut four shelves from MDF I had on hand.  I then painted the entire bookshelf and the cut shelving in CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate.  I wanted a dark, elegant color, but wanted to soften the black.  I sealed the entire piece in CeCe Caldwell’s Endurance.  Endurance is so easy to apply and is hard as a rock.  Plus it has practically no smell and a low gloss.  You can watch THIS VIDEO on how to apply it (and get a chuckle at the same time).

Dumpster Bookshelf DURING  redouxinteriorsI removed the back of the bookshelf, it was stapled in and came off fairly easily.  I measured and cut a piece of fabric I had found at Ikea sometime ago.  I used a spray adhesive to adhere it to the back piece.  Once the Endurance was dry, I laid the bookshelf front down.  I put the back piece back on and used finishing nails to secure it to the back.

What ‘tude she has now!  Amazing what a coat of paint and some elegant fabric can do for a girl……

Dumpster bookshelf makeover up close redouxinteriors

When I begin a Dumpster DIY, I usually have a pretty good vision of how it will look when I am finished.  This time, the finished product looked so much better than I ever imagined.

Dumpster Bookshelf Makeover center Redouxinteriors

It will be hard to part with my new makeover, but she will be for sale at Paris Flea Market in Livermore, California this weekend for our February sale.   She is of solid construction, the back fabric is Scotch Guarded and she would be perfect in any decor.

Dumpster Bookshelf after redouxinteriors


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  1. says

    LOVE it! I use a lot of Vermont Slate…my son’s apartment is “British Gentleman’s Club” and he likes the gray, so he finds stuff and we give it a coat of Vermont Slate. (I am more of a Nantucket Spray gal, myself.)

  2. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    love your bookshelf makeover and what lovely fabric.
    Went and watched your video. :} You’re a hoot. Really enjoyed it

  3. Wendy says

    Your bookshelf turned out lovely! I was amazed at the difference in the color. The slate is so rich and has dimension. Thank you sharing it with us all.

  4. says

    She’s a keeper…even though you aren’t ;) Seriously the bookshelf turned out beautiful. I’m sure someone will snatch it up right away! Have a super week. ~Deborah

    • says

      Umm…just reread that comment and it sounds like I’m saying you aren’t a keeper. So not what I meant. I hope you got what I meant. You are definitely a keeper, in fact, I keep you on my blog list ;)

  5. says

    Just gorgeous and I like how you styled it with the tiny gold mirror.

    I recently found four elegant chairs on the street I couldn’t believe my luck. I even carried them home in the rain, you must be prepared to drop everything in my town in Italy or it will be gone in 20 minutes.

  6. says

    Love how this project changes and dresses up the bookshelf………..I have done a similar thing to a corner china cabinet and also a hutch and they turned out great. Thanks for posting. :) Gentle Joy

  7. says

    This is fabulous!

    You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

    Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room!

    Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!}

    ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    Link ~

  8. says

    I don’t know how you will be able to part with it, it is sooooooo gorgeous! I don’t get why anyone would throw out such a well-made bookcase. It has great lines and looks solidly made, not like the little 5 foot high cheapos I bought in 1987 that SERIOUSLY need to be redone or replaced. Wonder what happened to the shelves, LOL! I’ve no doubt some eager buyer will snap up that beautifully redone bookcase instantly!


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