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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the vintage wren said...

What a great way to update those bookshelves. I have several that I should paint and trim out for a nicer look. Thanks for the inspiration. Take Care, Carrie

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

awesome job! adding those legs made a huge difference in the overall look of the piece!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

You go, girl! What an amazing transformation.

Jamie said...

What a beautiful piece. If you get a chance I would love you to link your transformation up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Thanks so much for linking this darling project up to Fab Friday. I enjoyed seeing it & I'm sure my readers did too. Please come back this Friday!

Warmly, Michelle