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.
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:
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).
I 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……
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.
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.