A Drab to Fab DIY Bookcase- Getting a Shoecase from Your Dingy Childhood Bookcase
Remember my shoe organization post a while back? Well, because I am moving I decided to finally tackle the DIY bookcase idea I have had for some time… repainting that bookcase into a more glamorous shoecase fit for Girl Got Glitter! So, what supplies do you need for your DIY bookcase?
1 bookcase that you are allowed to turn into a DIY bookcase (ask for permission first kids!)
1 Can of Spray paint in color of choice (find online here) – I used Rust-oleum Metallic in Gold
1 Contain of Paint – I used a gallon of Clark + Kensington Eggshell in Crossroads. You definitely don’t need a gallon size, I just bought it because there was a rebate and I anticipate doing more furniture projects in this color (can we say matching set?!)
1 Container of paint stripper – I used Zip-Strip because it is one of the cheapest and is super effective. There are more eco-friendly paint strippers like this one that has a citrus scent but my local hardware store didn’t have the more cost effective eco-friendly ones so I went with the nature killer cheap stuff.
Here is the paint swatch of my color choice.
First you want to
trick ask your boyfriend really nicely to celebrate memorial day with you buy doing a DIY bookcase project instead of all day pool & sun. Then apply the paint remover and remove paint as per the instructions. Check out all the paint coming off the backboard here. Top tip: if your man is anything like mine, he will love paint stripping but wildly detest the follow up step of sanding down the remaining paint to a smooth painting surface.
An optional step is to Frog Tape off the edges where the back paint would meet the main part, or you can just paint carefully.
After a brain storming session with my mother to develop the best painting plan for my DIY bookcase we came up with the best plan: do one layer of the main color, then spray paint the back part, and then do the second layer of the main color. This allows you to not have to tape again because you can just paint over the spray paint overlap. You can also use newspaper to tape off parts of the outside so you don’t have as much overlap.
Let dry, and voila! The DIY bookcase turned beautiful shoecase is now ready for moving into my new apartment! 🙂
Have any of you guys done any DIYs recently? Comment below and let me know, I would love to check it out.