Hello again dear friend! Today’s project 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.
It definitely needed to be brightened up and beautified – and I’ll show you exactly how I turned it into a decoupage bookshelf with floral napkins.
Prep the Bookcase for Painting
First, remove unnecessary parts and make repairs. I’m not a fan of those little decorative railings since they usually make a piece look more dated. This one came off easily after removing the two screws holding it in place.
*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. Discover all my favorite tools and brands for doing DIY makeovers here.
The holes were filled, left to dry, and sanded smooth. Then the back of the bookcase was carefully removed.
Paint the Bookshelf with Chalk Paint
Next came Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White (which I chose to match the napkins for this decoupage bookshelf makeover) brushed on with one of my favorite Purdy brushes. I did about 2-3 coats and let it dry. Finally I used 320-grit sandpaper and did some light distressing.
How to Decoupage the Bookshelf with Napkins
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. There are usually 2 or 3 thin layers in each napkin. 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!
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 using a lint free cloth, and then the back panel was nailed back into place. And here’s how the decoupage bookcase turned out:
So sweet, isn’t it?
Since I’m a mom of three boys, I love whenever I get a chance to do a really girly makeover!
The cute bunny was a fun sewing project earlier this year.
I think I might also make a matching decoupage crate – wouldn’t they brighten up a room together?
Here’s a closer look at some of the distressed details:
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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.
Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After photos and learn how they transformed them!
1. Petticoat Junktion
2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
3. The Interior Frugalista
4. Just the Woods
5. Prodigal Pieces
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