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Transform the boring bookcase or armoire that has been hiding in your basement for years into a fresh find perfect for any room of your house.
Pretty geode-inspired wrapping paper makes an eye-popping addition to the white bookshelf. Use a utility knife to cut the patterned paper to fit the height and width of the bookshelves, then adhere with double-sided tape. Vases and quirky knicknacks add depth, while wicker baskets stash magazines and movies on the bottom shelf.
An oversize bookshelf -- made from two separate units -- provided a space to showcase keepsakes and vintage books. A deep blue backdrop added depth but lacked one-of-a-kind character.
Formerly at home in the living room, one of the quirky bookshelves finds new life as a storage staple in the family's nursery. Fresh white paint and orange patterned wallpaper on the back of the bookcase update the unit. Colorful accessories emphasize the playful theme of the quirky reading nook.
To modernize the antiquated armoire, add shelves to the upper cabinet and replace the scalloped kickplate with a straight board. Finish with a coat of creamy yellow paint and shiny brass hardware. Bonus! An existing hole cut out of the back can be used to power up a charging station.
Watch and see how!
Dark and drab, this custom wood shelving cried for help. A mirrored background and boring black surface made the room feel cluttered and cramped.
Coated from head-to-toe in crisp white paint, the remodeled bookcase breathes new life. A gentle green background fills the unit and provides the perfect pop of color alongside sunny Roman shades. New floral-inspired hardware adorns lower cabinets, which retained their original grass-cloth wallpaper inserts. An adjustable library lamp provides soft display lighting above.
Pull the shade on unsightly essentials while showing off your organized storage bins. Start by giving the bookcase a rich color with a deep ebony gel stain finish. To create the handy shade, purchase a linen roller shade to fit in the width of the bookcase then install the hardware on the inside edges of the frame. Finish off the shade pull with a decorative finial or tassel.
This old armoire, which was found at a garage sale, just needed a fresh coat of paint (and a new purpose) to give it a new life.
New lacquer-like paint, inside and out, was the first step to transform this armoire into a one-of-a-kind drink center. To make the most of the space, two wine racks snuggle below a piece of 1/4-inch-thick glass for a double-layered look.
To transform this bookcase into a cupboard, add a pair of pretty shutters with a touch of country character. We ordered these cut-to-fit shutters from www.diyshutters.com. Or you can search your local home center. After sanding, priming, and painting the pieces, hang the shutters on the bookcase with cabinetry hinges. Top it off with a forge-iron shutter bolt to secure the doors closed.
After years of being the focus of the family room, this rundown entertainment center was converted into a handy laundry station.
A bright new finish teamed with well-placed hooks and shelves gives new life to a has-been entertainment center. To make the laundry station even more efficient, a folded ironing board, mounted at just the right height, tucks away when not in use. Hang all the freshly ironed clothes on a clothing bar installed in the tallest section of the unit to keep shirts wrinkle-free. The bar doubles as a spot to drip-dry delicates.
Discount stores, flea markets, and garage sales are perfect places to find an unfinished bookcase that's ready to be transformed.
With a pretty damask print in the background and a sassy skirt, this bookcase is given a cottage chic makeover with a feminine flair. To get this look, start by painting the case and shelves cream. Cover the back with a piece of wallpaper in a floral, toile, or damask pattern. Just remember to keep the pattern simple so it doesn't take away from the items you are showcasing in the bookcase.
Covered in chocolate with soft-white glossy enamel doors, it's now the focal point of the room. Large brown knobs, which replaced the barely noticeable hardware, complete the transformation.
This ordinary bookshelf was turned into the perfect spot for display china.
A weathered sage-green finish, coordinating fabric panels over the lower shelves, and doilies lining the shelf fronts make this repurposed bookshelf an appealing focal point in any dining room. To get the weathered finish, start by priming the wood. Then apply a base coat of cream acrylic paint. After the paint dries, rub a wax candle on the edges and sides of the bookcase frame. Paint the bookshelves with a sage-green semigloss acrylic using a dry brush to create an imperfect finish.
Watch and see how a plain bookcase became a customized after.