Do you want to know how to paint a bookshelf? I found this shelf unit at a garage sale for $5. I wanted to try my hand at some more furniture makeovers and this price allowed me to give it a go! In the beginning, I wasn’t sure where I’d use this piece because there are so many places we could use shelves. Who doesn’t need more shelf space right? How to paint furniture with chalk paint 1300
Here’s the original shelf. The picture just doesn’t do it justice. It had been painted a couple times, there were drips, uneven paint, etc.
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How do you paint a wooden bookshelf?
I started by lightly sanding the piece with my Black and Decor Orbital Sander.
Next I cleaned the entire piece with a mixture of denatured alcohol and water.
What kind of paint do you use on wood bookshelves?
I had intended for this unit to be in my bathroom for storage, but my daughter as I said … swiped it for her room 🙂 She picked the color she wanted as the base. I added 2 coats of Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Castle. I let it dry between each coat.
I let the entire piece dry before moving on.
My daughter loves stars and her favorite color is blue. We picked this fabric out. I measured the shelves and made a paper template for how much fabric we’d want on each shelf. I cut the fabric to match the template.
I painted on a layer of Mod Podge onto the shelf where the fabric would go.
I placed the fabric onto the shelf and on top of the Mod Podge and smoothed it out.
I added another coat of Mod Podge on top of the fabric to protect and seal it.
I added a few layers of Mod Podge letting it dry between each coat. We also found some baskets that fit on the shelves so that we could store some things in them.
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More things to consider for a DIY project like this
- paint color
- are you done with the first coat of paint, or will you need a second coat of paint
- you’ll need grit sandpaper in a few different varieties
- depending on your paint you might need a primer
- do you want to use a paintbrush, spray paint, or paint sprayer
- honor dry times and cure time
- do you want to use a stain instead of paint
- what paint finish or sheen do you want, matte finish, satin, gloss, etc
- what type of paint – latex paints, oil-based paint, interior paint
- if you have laminate you’ll need a special coat of primer
What other materials might I need for a furniture makeover?
- foam roller
- damp cloth
- painter’s tape
- drop cloth
- paint brush
- wood filler
With these tips and tricks you’ll transform that bookcase in no time.
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