Check out the before and after results of my Facebook Marketplace bookshelf makeover project. A little bit of chalk paint goes a long way!
The only rooms we have mostly finished in our new home is the kitchen, laundry room, and master bathroom. The last room on our list is the living room, which we livened up with this beautiful bookshelf makeover.
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It’s amazing what a coat of paint did to these 3 old bookshelves we snagged for a steal from a seller on Facebook Marketplace.
Here is what this modular unit looked like before we got our hands on them.
I actually had the hardest time finding a shelving piece for this empty wall spot in our living room.
I really wanted something with curves since this room tends to feel a little too boxy.
I knew it wasn’t the ideal super cool antique piece I hoped to find, but I’m pleasantly surprised by how much better it looked when I painted it.
I actually love it, and if anything, it will allow me as much time as I need to keep searching for something that really speaks to my soul and will be worth the investment.
How do you revamp an old bookshelf?
This piece was old, but not that old. It was made with cheap 70’s laminate fake wood, so I knew there was no way I could make it a pretty natural wood piece. The best option was to paint it.
At this point, I reached out to one of my favorite paint companies—Pure & Original.
I also used their Classico Chalk Paint on this really cool vintage hutch with the inside the color Earth Stone and the outside the color Evening Shadow. Lastly, I’ve used their Licetto Paint for our trim in the color Ashes.
HOW TO CREATE A BOOKSHELF MAKEOVER WITH PAINT
For this piece, I wanted to compliment the grays in the room, but not add to it, so I picked this perfectly balanced greige color called “Pebble Stone”.
It came out better than I anticipated. If you are looking for a medium-toned brown/gray, I think you’ll love this one!
It might look a little too muddy in a room without a lot of natural light, but I think it is a gorgeous color in our light-filled room.
I wanted to make this bookeshelf makeover as easy as possible, so spraying it was ideal and sanding it down wasn’t really an option due to the laminate covering.
Pure & Original recommended I use their Classico chalk paint again, since it adheres so well and has a nice smooth matte finish with no sealer or top coat needed.
I didn’t actually get a ton of images of the process, but it was so simple and straightforward.
We gave it a good scrub down, removed doors and hardware, and sprayed 2 coats. That’s it!
THE RESULTS OF OF OUR FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE BOOKSHELF MAKEOVER
And here she is, painted and styled. After removing the doors, I decided I liked all 3 without the doors.
The lower cabinets are perfect for storing our sewing supplies and other random things we don’t want to look at.
While I love the interest in perfectly styled open shelving with all sorts of goodies, I felt simplicity really calling to me for this piece.
I went to an antique store for a few pieces, and a thrift store for a few more.
Some of them are not my favorite pottery pieces ever, but together they look pretty neat.
It might be something I also take my time to swap out with vessels that I will treasure for a lifetime and use for many centerpieces and floral arrangements.
Revisiting my museum inspiration, I thought it would be really neat to add some under cabinet mood lighting on each shelf. I discovered these magnetic and rechargeable bar lights that turn on with a remote. They are the coolest things.
If the light runs dim, I just plug them in like a phone. I turn them on or off with the push of a button and I can also set them on a timer if I want them to turn off or on at certain times. At night, it creates the neatest mood lighting.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after of our recent Facebook marketplace find. I’m looking for one more cool piece for our living room to hide shoes and bags right by our side door, but I am being super picky.
I’d love to hear something you’ve found secondhand lately, and perhaps fixed up.
Looking for more DIY makeover projects? Here are other projects where I’ve breathed new life into old things!
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