DIY Bookshelf – Blah to Beautiful

What a great way to turn that cheap Wal-mart bookshelf into something chic and beautiful and it’s DIY.  I have an old bed sheet I want to use for the backing.  I don’t think this project has to be limited to just fabic.  There are so many great designs in wallpaper, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, etc.  Thanks to Redoux Interiors for a great project.

Ballards Bookshelf Knockoff!  From Blah Bookshelf to Ballards!
We have all seen cheap, assemble yourself-bookshelves, maybe we even have one in our home? I made mine over to look like a Ballard’s knockoff!
Here are the items you will need:
Items needed:
  • 4 short legs of choice, plus plates
  • Paint of choice
  • Wax or top coat of choice
  • Fabric of choice to go on back behind shelving
  • Measuring tape
  • Sharp Scissors and Box Cutter
  • Spray Adhesive, and small rolling pin or something to smooth ou
    I purchased this basic bookshelf at my local Goodwill store for $5.
    I then purchased four bun feet from Home Depot for about $8 each.
    To upgrade the bookshelf, turn it over and add the feet plates, they are easy to drill in and then screw in the legs.  Both are usually found in the “Trim” department of your local Home Improvement Store.
    While it was still upside down, I painted the entire piece in ASCP, “Graphite”.
    When dry, I righted it and painted the entire piece in a 2nd coat.  Skipping the back, (this is where the fabric will go).  When 2nd coat was dry I waxed the entire piece with Mylands Dark Brown Antique Wax.  I like to use the Dark Wax with the Graphite, it seems to work really well together.


Images from Redoux Interiors.

For full instructions visit Redoux Interiors.

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