Makeover Project #4: dramatic bookcase
An ugly-duckling eBay buy is transformed into a glamourous piece of furniture. Underneath its drab dated appearance lies a compact bookcase with two handy drawers.
- Dark, reproduction “Victoriana” bookcase that had seen better days
- Mismatched shelf (possibly a replacement to the original)
- Inappropriate replacement handles
- Pretty detailing under the drawers and around the base are hidden by the dark varnish
Tip – when looking to makeover furniture with paint, try to use furniture made of real wood (rather than laminated chipboard). Real wood furniture tends to be of sturdier construction, and the paint adheres better to the surface.
- Sand all surfaces (very important due to the thick varnish)
- Change handles. Painted handles do not compete with the bold wallpaper
- Paint with white satinwood paint (two layers of undercoat and two top-coats). The satinwood paint adds a more modern finish than gloss paint, while still being durable (eggshell paint would not be durable enough for furniture).
- Line bookcase with wallpaper (Odyssey by Basso & Brooke). Bold-patterened paper lifts the piece from being just a painted bookshelf into a statement piece of feature.
Project costs: £30 for paint and 1 roll of wallpaper (bought off eBay). The original bookcase was £20 on eBay
Posted on February 5, 2012, in DIY skills, Interior, Makeover Projects and tagged basso & brooke, Bookcase, furniture, Makeover, paint, recycling, reuse, wallpaper. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.