Floral Decoupage Bookcase with Napkins


Hello dear friend!  Today is all about this sweet little vintage bookcase that only set me back $5.00 – yep, you read that right.  🙂  It was in great shape so you bet I snatched it right up at a yard sale.

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I’m not a fan of those little decorative railings since they usually make a piece look more dated.  But it came off easily after removing the two screws holding it in place.

Then the holes were filled with Minwax wood filler, which is always in my stash since I use it all the time.Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

*Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day with some of my creative blogging friends – see their makeovers at the bottom of this post.  Also, this post contains some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I use and recommend.

The holes were filled and sanded, and the back of the bookcase was removed.  Next came Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White (which I chose to match the napkins for this decoupage bookcase makeover) and some light distressing.

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Now for the fun part – Mod Podge and these sweet little napkins that I got from Target around Easter.  (Find other pretty floral napkins Here.)

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The next part happened just like when I decoupage napkins onto wooden crates (read that tutorial here).  First, separate the top patterned layer from the other layers.  Then lay out the napkins to figure out placement – make sure the pattern isn’t too repetitive.

Next lift up one napkin at a time, wipe Mod Podge onto the area lightly but completely with a foam brush, then lay the napkin over the area while gently pressing out wrinkles and bubbles. Repeat until done!

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Let the glue dry overnight and then lightly sand the edges and down the grooves of the paneling.  Then apply a light coat of Mod Podge again all over the napkins for more protection.

The painted areas were protected with Annie Sloan’s clear wax and then the back panel was nailed back into place.  And here’s how the decoupage bookcase turned out:

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

So sweet, isn’t it?

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Since I’m a mom of three boys, I love whenever I get a chance to do a really girly makeover!

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

The cute bunny was a fun sewing project earlier this year.

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I think I might also make a matching decoupage crate – wouldn’t they brighten up a room together?

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a closer look at some of the distressed details:

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And another before and after of this decoupage bookcase makeover:

Vintage decoupage bookcase makeover with Chalk Paint, Mod Podge, and napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I sincerely hope this project has inspired you!  I can just imagine this sweet floral bookcase in a little girl’s room.  It will be coming with me to the Three Little Birds Market next month.  Leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts – and I’d appreciate if you’d share this post too.  Thanks, friend!

Next up, my blogging friends are also sharing their Furniture Fixer Uppers makeovers below.

Furniture Fixer Uppers

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After photos and learn how they transformed them!
Furniture Fixer Uppers1. Petticoat Junktion
2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
3. The Interior Frugalista
4. Just the Woods
5. Prodigal Pieces

 Click here to read about the decoupage crate makeover seen below. Would you like a free printable tutorial of this type of project for easy reference?  Click right here.
Decoupage crate makeover with napkins - DIY tutorial by Girl in the Garage

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  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    April 26, 2018 at 5:40 am (7 months ago)

    This is super cute, Jen! I love the fresh feel it has and the paper takes it over the top. Fun!

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  2. kandice kullmann
    April 26, 2018 at 6:29 am (7 months ago)

    this came out so cute. Im so glad you removed that decorative peg thing 🙂

    Reply
  3. Becky
    April 26, 2018 at 8:03 am (7 months ago)

    SO cute!!! My girls would LOVE this! I’m going to be keeping an eye out for pretty prints now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Christy
    April 26, 2018 at 8:38 am (7 months ago)

    This turned out so stinking cute!! One day I am going to try this…just love the look! Love the sweet bunny too! 🙂

    Reply
  5. Marie
    April 26, 2018 at 9:35 am (7 months ago)

    Love this, Jen, such an adorable makeover! The shirt on your cute bunny is almost a perfect match to the napkins. Pinned

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  6. Marcie Lovett
    April 26, 2018 at 12:51 pm (7 months ago)

    It’s adorable! Someone is going to be very happy to have it. That shelf railing definitely had to go, and the paper napkins add just the right finishing touch.

    Reply
  7. Tonita
    April 26, 2018 at 1:43 pm (7 months ago)

    Your make overs are so inspiring. The bookcase transformation is great. I have painted furniture for years and the AS paint is my all time fav.

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  8. Eve Kyle
    April 26, 2018 at 1:44 pm (7 months ago)

    What a great makeover!! I need to try this:) Thanks for the inspiration 💕

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  9. ROSE LEFEBVRE
    April 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm (7 months ago)

    I love the look! Perfect cottage style!!!!

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  10. Shellia Ventura
    April 26, 2018 at 2:07 pm (7 months ago)

    That is so cute, I just love it. Every time I stop at a thrift store or a garage sale and see something that can be made over, I think of you and how you would bring it back to life. LOL Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects, love all of them!

    Reply
  11. Lisa
    April 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm (7 months ago)

    So cute! And I would love the bunny project pattern.

    Reply
  12. Suzanne Gardiner
    April 26, 2018 at 3:35 pm (7 months ago)

    SO adorable! I LOVE it!!!!!

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  13. Tricia
    April 26, 2018 at 5:43 pm (7 months ago)

    What a difference! Very pretty now!

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  14. MaryJean
    April 26, 2018 at 5:48 pm (7 months ago)

    So cute! I was wondering where you were going to put the napkins! Really cute for a little girl’s room.

    Reply
  15. Maley Homann
    April 26, 2018 at 7:42 pm (7 months ago)

    LOVE it! Totally transforms this piece. Could you possibly share the bunny pattern? I just have to make one of those! Please?

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  16. Lynnae Sniker
    April 27, 2018 at 9:23 am (7 months ago)

    I have been wanting to decopage with napkins ever since I saw your post with the darling crates. I have to laugh cause I picked up the very same napkins as in this post a while back. I thought the pattern was so cute. You have given me an idea on what to use them for. Your bookshelf is adorable!!

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  17. Michelle
    April 29, 2018 at 2:50 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi I just love this. Did something similar with wrapping paper. Just one question…did you take thevwhole bookcase apart to do it without doing the sides?
    Thx

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      May 7, 2018 at 11:22 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Michelle, thank you! I only removed the back of the bookcase while I was working on it.

      Reply
  18. DiB
    April 30, 2018 at 11:50 am (7 months ago)

    Love the bookcase. You should consider selling those little bunnies – cute cute cute as can be!

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  19. Kathy Owen
    May 9, 2018 at 9:00 am (6 months ago)

    Sweet Jen! I love those floral napkins

    Reply
  20. Gloria
    May 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm (6 months ago)

    Love the bookcase and the flowered napkins.

    Reply

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