Furniture Makeover: Bookcase

This post (or any posts, for that matter) is long overdue. During my time spent in captivity inside our apartment because of Hurricane Sandy, I decided that I was going to be productive! While I may not have crossed everything off of my to-do list, I was pretty proud of myself for accomplishing a rather involved furniture restoration project — revamping an old bookcase.


This bookcase holds absolutely no sentimental value. In fact, it was left in our apartment by the previous tenants. We already have a bookcase that we like much better than this one, so we decided that it would be best used as a shoe cubby of sorts. As you can see from the photo, it was in pretty rough shape. Virtually all of the finish had worn off of it, and it was a boring color. All of this wouldn’t really matter so much if it didn’t sit right inside our front door, making it the first thing you see when you come in.


After some sanding, staining, and painting of the back panel, I think it looks much better! Only next time, I’ll remember to ventilate our apartment before I start staining — the fumes were more than a little overwhelming! Have you tackled any projects lately?

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2 responses to “Furniture Makeover: Bookcase

  1. Stephanie

    Love your “New Old” shelves! I’ve always wanted to try this (with the window open). I want to try using a unique wallpaper or painting a design/pattern on the back panel. I’ve seen it done with bookshelves and it gives a fun pop of color and some unexpected character. Keep up the DIY, I love seeing the before and afters!

  2. This is definitely the thing I’ve been rummaging for! Wonderful and thankyou!

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