Thursday, March 14, 2013

Easy Ikea Bookshelf Redo

Finally! This is one of those projects I've been dragging my feet on for months and months but I finally have it all finished so we can use it and I can get organized.

We both really love reading and books. A lot. The only problem with that is that every time we move we have to move a dozen full, heavy boxes of books with us. So I bought this Ikea bookshelf from someone on the Charleston Navy Marketplace on Facebook back in September before we moved to new housing for $10. Then we moved and I had an actual garage I could put it in and forget about it. But it's finally done!

It was very easy. After cleaning everything, I gave it two coats of Zissner Oil Based Primer. 

Then I painted everything except the backboard with Semigloss Olympic paint in Babbling Brook (D61-2). 

I painted the backboard using some leftover white paint from another project, then I stenciled the quatrefoil design on the back with a pencil.  

Next, I hand-painted in the stencil with a sample size can of Olympic paint in Nectarina (C27-4). It didn't take as long as you would imagine, and you don't have to be perfect. 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, and it still cost a lot more than it would have to buy brand new bookcases. I think I spent less than $50 on the whole project, so I WIN!  

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