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.
Then I filled the holes with Minwax wood filler and a putty knife. (Update: Now I prefer this other type of wood filler.)
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
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.)
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:
Feel free to share or Pin this decoupage bookshelf makeover to easily find it later:
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
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.
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Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
This is super cute, Jen! I love the fresh feel it has and the paper takes it over the top. Fun!
kandice kullmann says
this came out so cute. Im so glad you removed that decorative peg thing 🙂
SO cute!!! My girls would LOVE this! I’m going to be keeping an eye out for pretty prints now! Thanks for the inspiration!
This turned out so stinking cute!! One day I am going to try this…just love the look! Love the sweet bunny too! 🙂
Love this, Jen, such an adorable makeover! The shirt on your cute bunny is almost a perfect match to the napkins. Pinned
Marcie Lovett says
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.
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.
Eve Kyle says
What a great makeover!! I need to try this:) Thanks for the inspiration ?
ROSE LEFEBVRE says
I love the look! Perfect cottage style!!!!
Shellia Ventura says
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!
So cute! And I would love the bunny project pattern.
Suzanne Gardiner says
SO adorable! I LOVE it!!!!!
What a difference! Very pretty now!
So cute! I was wondering where you were going to put the napkins! Really cute for a little girl’s room.
Maley Homann says
LOVE it! Totally transforms this piece. Could you possibly share the bunny pattern? I just have to make one of those! Please?
Lizzy Leff says
Lynnae Sniker says
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!!
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?
Jen, Girl in the Garage says
Hi Michelle, thank you! I only removed the back of the bookcase while I was working on it.
Love the bookcase. You should consider selling those little bunnies – cute cute cute as can be!
Kathy Owen says
Sweet Jen! I love those floral napkins
Love the bookcase and the flowered napkins.