Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It's done!!!!!!!! {finally}

In the last post, I gave you a hint as to what I have been working on.  Well, I am happy to say that it is finally done-well one project anyway.  It could have been done over a week ago, but I am really good at putting things off.  Are you ready? Here is the before:

just your standard cheap big box store bookcase. hubby bought if for me for mom's day about 7 years ago

And, now for the after:
How did I do this you ask?  Well, I took the above bookcase and flipped it on it's side. Sorry, I forgot to take pics during the makeover-I was so excited for this redo I couldn't wait to get it done.

I cut off the "foot' part of the bookcase. I took the two shelves and cut them down to sit in the case horizontally and a third shelf (from an unsuccessful redo) and cut to fit into the case vertically.  I added 'L' brackets to hold the shelves. I used a nail gun to secure the vertical shelf.  Then with the help of these:

I primered the heck out of the bookcase. I used Bulls Eye cuz the case is that cheap laminate crap.  I did  two coats of primer and two coats of paint. I got the semi-gloss because I wanted something that is durable yet easy to clean.  The color I used is Blue Robin's Egg.  It is a very bright  in-your-face kind of turquoise. I loved the color, but it's a bit too bright to go with my home. So, I used some antiquing glaze to darken and age it a bit.

I then added some trim. I originally was going to picture frame the bookcase with the trim, but then hubby reminded me that because the trim was a tad wider than the sides, it will crack and possibly break off as books are put onto and taken off the shelves.

As a final touch, I added some very girly legs. I could have gone a bit taller, but I love the height of this as is.  Here is the after shot again.
I am so in love with this. I am so excited to fill it up and adorn the top with some decor.  Thanks for sharing my much awaited reveal.

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