Monday, May 11, 2009

Bookcase Rehab

I have a corner in my living room that was in need of a bookcase. I would love a tall one, but I really didn't want to spend the money on one right now. I pulled this bookcase out of a closet and decided to rehab it.


-Here is what I started with. A cheap, ugly, generic bookcase.


-We cut 2X4's and attached them to the bottom to raise it up some.



-Then we added base board molding to the bottom and left over chair railing to the top of the bookcase.

-Filled in the spaces with caulk so that I wouldn't have to use as much wood putty.


-Puttied the rest, sanded, primed and painted it black.


This has not been accessorized yet. I'm still not sure exactly what I want. I definitely need to get some lighter baskets and some white items, but I haven't decided what yet.

Overall I think it is much better than before, and I don't feel like I have to buy a bookcase right now. I could have added a lot more molding and really beefed it up, but I knew that this wasn't something that I would keep for years to come, so I just couldn't justify spending more money on this project.

Budget Breakdown
$5 - base molding
$3 - putty

Already Had
- chair molding for top
-caulk
-primer
-black paint


24 comments:

  1. Now that looks awesome! Great job!

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  2. That looks great! Love the molding that you added.

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  3. Fantastic, Nikki!! Thats just beautiful!

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  4. Great job! I love the idea that you had with adding the molding. :)

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  5. That looks great. I have some cheap bookcases that I picked up at a yard sale. We just painted them but I have always wondered "what if I added crown molding?". Now I will.

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  6. WOW, what an awesome transformation! I will use some of your tips as I am looking for an inexpensive bookshelf on craigslist to makeover for the new baby's room. Thanks for sharing!

    -Desiree

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  7. Wow - that looks amazing!! What a great idea to add the molding :)

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  8. Inspiring! Thanks for showing us :)

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  9. OMG! It doesn't even look like the same piece--talk about a transformation!

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  10. I have definitely painted some bookcases, but I love how you added trim!

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  11. It looks so good - really professional :)

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  12. oh! I have the same ugly bookcase in my shed!!! Walmart or Lowes back in my college days. I see a remodel in my future!!! Love it. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. That is wonderful! Great job. . . and great inspiration. Thank you for sharing this with the world.

    I'm glad I found your blog!

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  14. That is fabulous!!! I have so been wanting a bookcase for my living room and now I know I can use these generic cheap-y ones that are languishing away in our basement!

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  15. Wow that's great! It looks amazing!

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  16. It looks amazing now! What a great idea to add the moulding on the bottom. Pure genius!

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  17. Looks great! Love the "C" monogram!

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  18. Wow!!! You did an AMAZING job.
    Just became a follower! ; )

    Kimberly

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  19. I have that exact bookcase. (maybe an even ugliest faux wood colr...) And I was thinking of doing just that, but in white.

    Did sand it?

    I did for the 5 shelves bookcase for my daugther's room ( but I did not add molding)

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  22. I see! Bookcases across my wall in the new sewing room. Thanks for the idea for th bottom. ElCheapo is on the search again!

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