When we moved to The Barn one side of the fireplace was used as a TV alcove and fitted with black CD shelves. As we wanted to install a second log burner and bring the fireplace back into use (I’ll be sharing more about this in a later post) we removed the shelves and I quickly realised we could turn them into a great storage solution for the kid’s rooms.
The first step was to wipe away the dust and sand down the wood to create a surface for painting. Top tip: to make an easy-to-hold sanding pad, just get an old sponge or block of wood and cut the sandpaper to the same length before wrapping it around.
Next to match the themes in the kids’ bedrooms I chose a bright blue and bright pink quick dry satin water-based paint which would be easy to apply and give a semi-matt finish.
We painted the bookcases on the patio as it was a gorgeous sunny day. The first coat went on really well as you can see below, but we needed a second to completely cover the old black paint and achieve the bright colour I was looking for.
If you’re a regular reader here you’ll know we’re passionate about repurposing original elements from The Barn and I’m really pleased with the results of this bookcase makeover. As the shelves were originally for CDs they make quite narrow bookcases which are perfect for smaller books and knick knacks. The blue bookcase fits in perfectly with the blue/lime/grey theme in the Little Man’s room and I brought up the lime beanbag from our playroom makeover so that he can sit and read in comfort.
In our daughter’s room the new pink bookcase is the perfect home for her dinosaur family and sits well within the pink/green/sky blue theme we’ve gone with. I’ve topped it with a cute original painting – one of a set of three I found when we were living in China.
Do you have any old shelves that you’d like to bring new life to with a bookcase makeover? It really is a simple and effective DIY project that I think anyone could turn their hand to. Want to save this post for later on Pinterest? Here’s a pinnable image just for you x