Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bookcase Makeover

Now for what you've all been waiting for!!! I know I'm the worst, I've made you wait since last Tuesday to see my reveal and it better be fabulous and worth it. Well I defintely think it is and I'm so happy with the outcome of my bookcase makeover. It started off as a white bookcase I found  in Jarr's garage about a year ago, I spray painted it yellow last year very badly. I used it in my bedroom just to put all my school things in but decided it needed a makeover. So here is the process.

We started with this yellow bookcase, you can't tell from my picture but it looks bad. I spray painted it and it was super runny. So first I sanded it down and got everything at the same texture and smoothness. Then I primed it a little with some white spray paint, I just went over it once to dull down the yellow.

Then I spray painted it red. I absolutely love this color, it is bright and wild but I love it. Its Krylon barn red. I used almost two cans of this because I wanted to make sure it was really covered and everything was the same shade. I did probably 5-7 light coats of red, when I say light I mean I barely covered it. It took a while but was definitely worth it. I didn't have any runs.

Then came the hard part, deciding what to do to make it special. To see my inspiration check out my Bookcase Pinspiration. With all of these ideas out in blog land it makes it hard to decide what to do. I decided to try something I've been wanting to do but was unsure about trying. I just went for it. Some people are saying that chevron is on its way out but I don't think so. I love the look of it on this bookcase. I think it adds exactly what it needed. I followed April's tutorial on A Kitchen Table for Two. Go and check out her super easy tutorial!

This is what it looked like with all the tape on top, then I used a craft knife to cut out my design. Before I go any farther I need to give all the credit for this to Jarr. He did all of this and I just watched, I know I couldn't of done this without his help and I'm so glad I have such a great boyfriend who is so willing to help me. So after I got the design I wanted with the tape we pushed down the tape really well and then went outside in the dark, yes it was like midnight when we did this, and spray painted the bookcase. I just used flat white spray paint from Krylon.

This is what it looked like when it was all spray painted. Before it all dried we started pealing the tape off so it wouldn't peal and paint off. I think this worked out the best way.

This is what the top looked like before I sanded everything down. I think it looks great. It turned out so good, the lines were almost perfect! I was really happy with the outcome at this point but I wanted to distress it some and make it look antiqued so it would match all of my Coke stuff for my kitchen. So I used a sanding block and I distressed the edges and the top some then I used some Minwax stain I had to make it look older.

This is what the top looks like with the stain on it. I think this looks amazing! I love the dark spots that there are and I think this definitely fits in with the aged Coke stuff I have. 

I love the way the stain looks on the bottom shelves also, I adds so much character to the shelf. It already has lots of little holes and scratches in it just from before and the stain made all of those stand out. I love it! My plan was to spray a couple of clear coats of seal on top of it but then I couldn't find it so I just put a layer of Modpodge on top and I think that will work just as well because I'm going to let it set a couple of days before I do anything to it.

What do you think? Do you like the chevron?

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  1. This is pretty awesome! Love the red. Good job. :)

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  2. I love the red and white! So pretty and modern!

  3. I love the chevron! And stain is an awesome way to make something look more antique - I use that technique all the time! Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  4. It's fabulous!! I still am liking chevron too! Thanks for linking up to Show & Share girlie! Featuring this tomorrow.