Stenciled Bookcase Makeover


Who’s ready for spring – or at least a spring-y makeover?

I’ve been itching to do another bookcase makeover, but good ones are hard to find in my area.  So I was lucky to find a thrifted hutch that could be upcycled into a bookcase.

Here’s the Before…

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

and here’s the REAL before photo below (haha)…  see it on the left there?   The seller had priced the top and bottom pieces separately – good thing because all the actual bookcases in the store were just for display and not for sale.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It was made by Ethan Allen – Baumritter.  Our area has tons of these Early American Colonial Ethan Allen pieces available pretty much everywhere.  One good thing about painting them is I never have any bleed-through.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

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Fusion Mineral Paint sponsored this project and sent me Tones for Tots in the color Little Whale.  It’s such a soft, pretty blue!  Like a pastel duck egg blue. 

I’ve used Fusion Mineral products before but never tried their Tones for Tots collection.  They’re zero VOC, very little prep, and have a built-in topcoat.  You can learn more about the paint Here.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

First I removed the shelves and the back of the bookcase.  That makes it easier to paint everything.  Plus I knew I wanted to use Miss Mustard Seed’s stencil again that I used on this dresser last summer.   

I didn’t do any other prep work before painting, besides just giving it a light wipe-down when it first came in my house.

The stenciled part is the color Picket Fence – also by Fusion Mineral Paint.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Remember when you’re stenciling to use a foam pouncer (find mine Here – it’s an inexpensive set of 6), just get a little bit of paint onto the foam, and blot it a couple times onto a paper towel.  Less (paint) is more!

This stencil can be turned in any direction, used for all or only part of the design, and even flipped upside down.  I turned it every which way on this panel, and made the design into a mirror image on either side of the middle line.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Important tip:  Clean your stencil as soon as you can after you’ve finished.  If you let the paint dry for too long, it won’t be so easy to clean off!

I nailed the panel back into place and Guy in the Garage made a bottom shelf so this piece would look more like a bookcase and less like a hutch.  It was screwed in through the sides.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The new shelf was painted and then I swapped out the old rusted shelf supports for shiny new ones.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Fusion Mineral Paint is self-curing and doesn’t require a topcoat, so I didn’t use one.  (Although you can use their Tough Coat product for extra protection on high-usage pieces like tabletops or desks.)

And here she is…

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Miss Kitty sure is sitting pretty on this stenciled bookcase makeover.  That’s another part of my DIY skills that I’ve been working on lately.  😉

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I love the soft blue on this piece and the sweet stenciled background.

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a before and after of this stenciled bookcase makeover again:

Thrifted hutch to DIY stenciled bookcase makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint - tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Please let me know what you think.  Have you tried Fusion Mineral Paint before?  Would you have stenciled the back or done it differently?  Have you upcycled a hutch into a freestanding bookcase?

After leaving a comment, please pin this stenciled bookcase makeover or share it with someone else.  I’d appreciate it so much, friend!

Jen

P.S.  You can learn tons more about Fusion Mineral Paint products Here.

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  1. Susan
    March 26, 2018 at 10:17 am (6 months ago)

    Looks totally beautiful!!!

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  2. Cate
    March 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm (6 months ago)

    Great job! It’s very sweet. LOVE Miss Kitty too!

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  3. Mary
    March 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm (6 months ago)

    This is so gorgeous!! Do you ever share information on how much you pay for pieces and how much you sell them for? Just curious from a business perspective. Thanks 🙂 Love seeing all your beautiful creations!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 26, 2018 at 11:00 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you Mary! When I first bring a piece home, sometimes I’ll post a photo and price I paid on Facebook. Not usually in my blog posts though. This one was $30 or 35 I think. I haven’t decided if I’m going to sell it or keep it for my market displays. 🙂

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      • Mary
        March 27, 2018 at 10:55 am (6 months ago)

        What a great deal! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Shellia Ventura
    March 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm (6 months ago)

    Adorable! At first I was unsure I was going to like the stencil but after I saw your finished product it blew me away. It is so sweet. I love what you do. Thank you for always sharing.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 26, 2018 at 10:57 pm (6 months ago)

      Oh, that’s funny! 🙂 I’m glad you liked it. Thanks so much Shellia!

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  5. Missy
    March 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm (6 months ago)

    You have outdone yourself on this one Jen! The stencil on the back is what makes it, besides the beautiful paint color. Great job on both.

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  6. Dixie Lee
    March 26, 2018 at 2:04 pm (6 months ago)

    This is adorable! color and stencil are very soft and appealing for a child.

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  7. Allison Anselmo
    March 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm (6 months ago)

    What a great idea. I need to learn to look out side of the box..lol
    I’m needing a bookshelf and having a problem finding something that is actual wood! Thanks for sharing this idea. I love that color and the stenciling too. Just enough to give it charm. I think it would be a great addition to a child’s room or even the right Kitchen!

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  8. MaryJean
    March 26, 2018 at 5:40 pm (6 months ago)

    Jen, I love the way it turned out. The stenciling resembles lace. Very nicely done!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 26, 2018 at 10:55 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks MaryJean! I kept thinking of The Secret Garden when I was stenciling – like twisted vines. But I can see how it resembles lace too. 🙂

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  9. Lizzy Leff
    March 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm (6 months ago)

    Love the color. It looks really great.

    I wish the line wasn’t called Tones For Tots because I love those light pastels, but it makes me feel weird using them on non-nursery items.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 26, 2018 at 10:54 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Lizzy! Aww, what’s in a name? 😉 Fusion has several other beautiful blues that aren’t in the Tones for Tots collection. 🙂

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  10. Robin
    March 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm (6 months ago)

    So cute, wondering how it would look with short little feet.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 26, 2018 at 10:51 pm (6 months ago)

      That’s a good idea Robin, it would look nice. But unfortunately it’s not possible with the board we added to the bottom- there needs to be a lot more support down there for screwing feet into.

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  11. Bonnie Hipps
    March 27, 2018 at 12:57 am (6 months ago)

    What a beautiful makeover. I love the blue and the stencil was the finishing touch. You put a lot of time in that!

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  12. Jennie Bond
    March 27, 2018 at 4:46 am (6 months ago)

    Nice subtle transformation, Like it a lot.

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  13. Colette
    March 27, 2018 at 10:42 am (6 months ago)

    Love it!

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  14. Marie-The Interior Frugalista
    March 27, 2018 at 11:39 am (6 months ago)

    It’s so pretty, Jen and what a great idea for repurposing the top portion of a small hutch. You’ve totally piqued my interest and want to know more about that adorable fabric kitty. Have you posted them on the blog yet?
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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Marie! I won’t be sharing a tutorial for Kitty, but I might do a blog post to announce when I finally launch my etsy shop. 🙂

      Reply
  15. julie
    March 27, 2018 at 6:21 pm (6 months ago)

    So cute ! Fusion Mineral Paint is my go to line. Just love it!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 27, 2018 at 7:36 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Julie! I love that Fusion doesn’t usually need a topcoat – makes projects so much easier. 🙂

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  16. Tracy Shudo
    March 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm (6 months ago)

    Very nice loved all of it. Love the paint colour, nice stencil. Just a question why was bottom shelf but above the piece of wood at bottom? Just an ask.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      March 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm (6 months ago)

      Tracy, thank you! I’m sorry, I’m not sure I understand your question. The new bottom shelf is flat against the ground and it’s screwed in on both sides. I hope that makes sense. 🙂

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  17. KK
    April 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm (6 months ago)

    This is super sweet! I love that it can pretty much work anywhere. I’m always hesitant to try stencils as I have a hard time EVER visualizing the outcome- but this is inspiration to try (but maybe for me on a smaller scale- eek!!) 🙂

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      April 4, 2018 at 1:08 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you! Yes you must give stencils a try! There are much cooler styles than there were years ago. Miss Mustard Seed has some sweet ones, but there are good ones on Amazon too. I also like Royal Design Studio stencils online. 🙂

      Reply
  18. Missy
    June 12, 2018 at 11:36 pm (3 months ago)

    I love the color and your choice of stencils. They go together so nicely. I’d like to try this paint.

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