If you’re like me (and you’re probably not) you’ll have odd bits of furniture you’ve acquired over the years. Some of it may be as old as you are, or perhaps even older.
Most of my furniture is of the ‘acquired at least ten years ago’ kind and hasn’t had any TLC for a long time. One of those pieces of furniture is a bookcase that resides in my daughters room and was originally my brother’s (who is ten years older than me!).
It was looking a bit weathered and simply not befitting of a little girls brightly coloured room. Have a look for yourselves:
Have a closer look.
It was seriously in need of some love, poor old thing, so we decided to tart it up.
My daughter is seven so I decided she should really have a say in decorating it, and even if it looked terrible at the end then it couldn’t have looked worse than it did before we started. Or at least, it would have been difficult to.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money because I’m not very handy and there was a very real risk I’d be buying a new bookcase if this didn’t go to plan. Also I’m a fool so I did no research before undertaking this project, but thankfully the DIY gods were smiling down on me and it all turned out okay.
I went to Wilko for my supplies but any discount DIY place will do the trick.
Here is what I used
One small can of own brand furniture paint in a gloss light pink,
Three tester pots of bright coloured paints in different colours
This is what I did
I took the bookcase outside because children cannot be trusted not to touch wet paint indoors, also I rent and didn’t want to ruin a carpet owned by someone else. I put newspaper down to protect the ground in the back garden too.
First of all I sanded the whole bookcase then used masking tape to make clear lines for the edges. I painted every outer edge of the bookcase in the gloss paint. I didn’t bother to paint he back (who even sees the back?).
I gave it two coats and waited for it try dry before I removed the masking tape.
The gloss paint MUST be dry before the next bit, because you need to masking tape what you’ve just painted on order to get clear lines where the edges join and the back of the bookcase if you’re not going to paint that bit (I didn’t bother to).
Next paint each shelf a different a colour.
My painting skills show the importance of using masking tape.
Give a second coat to give better coverage and a solid block of colour.
I did all this and then stupidly forget to take a photo of the finished bookcase before I reloaded it, but I didn’t realise until the bookcase was full and couldn’t face the prospect of emptying it for a poxy photo (we have a lot of books).
Have a closer look.
It turned out really well (thankfully) and would work in almost any colour combo for girls or boys, or maybe a unisex playroom. If you’re inspired to give your child’s bookcase a makeover tweet me your pics, I’d love to see them!