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Bookshelf Revamp

I’ve yet to hit the garage-sale-furniture-lottery. So instead I’ve had to make do with what I’ve collected over the years. Unfortunately most of it’s either really old (true story, my couch is older than me!) or just cheap, like laminate book shelves I’ve had since high school.

Keeping it classy with the decorative tissue box

This is one of those bookcases. You can see I’m keeping it classy with the decorative tissue box

This was my first attempt at DIY chalk paint. I used a $2.50 oops jar from lowes and plaster of paris (I had a giant container left from making kill jars in college, strange but true)

I’ve gotta say, I’ve never been a mustard person, but I really like this. The paint went on really easily, but I managed to scrape off quite a bit trying to get the shelves in. Luckily I had enough left to touch it up. I used about 1/2 a quart.

I painted the tops of the shelves then put them in upside down (the bottom are nasty looking pressed wood) and covered them with a home dec-remanant I picked up a while back. The lace is from my stash, it was the boys grandmothers. I have a ton of cookbooks (this isn’t 1/2!) and these are my faves, so it’s nice to display them.

I picked up this lamp over the summer for $1 (I then lost it in the craft room for about 3 months). It was flat black so I have it a few coats of valspar Almond. The framed ‘print’ is actually embroidery, it’s pinned into the frame without glass so the texture shows in real life. There is a sadly empty spot waiting for my birthday gift. I’ve asked the boy for a milk-glass chicken dish (his response: Great! What does that mean?) and this is where she’ll got. Birthdays not until May so I might find something in the mean time….

I love the bright colors! They really open up the room (this is the one without any direct sunlight!) and I can’t wait to finish the curtains to show you all!


  1. Your bookcase turned out fantastic. It really looks nice. I noticed all the cookbooks.

  2. Looks great! Love that lamp. Can’t believe it was only $1! Stopping by from Creative Mondays.

  3. Your bookcase is so cute now, love the mustard color, and the lace trim you added to the shelf edges. Wow a $1 lamp was a really great find. Looks so cute. She sure perked up! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  4. Looks great,thank you for sharing with us at Creative Mondays 🙂

  5. Big improvement-great job!

  6. I love the mustard! This turned out incredible! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  7. Your little bookshelf turned out so nice. Great color choice and I like the touch of lace on the shelves.
    I’m a new follower and would love for you to stop by and follow back on GFC.
    Mary Alice

  8. Love the color, turned out great!
    Would love to have link this up at Sunday Round UP!
    3 blogs = 1 party

  9. Your redo is wonderful. I so love that mustard color and the lace trim is a nice touch.

  10. Love your redo! What cracks me up the most is that I have a huge container of plaster of paris because I made a kill jar for my son about 8 years ago when he was working on a Boy Scout merit badge and was making a bug collection!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Knick of Time Tuesday!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  11. I love using things that are inexpensive. Love your shelves.

  12. Very, very nice! Turned out great! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!