This is my
new recycled bookshelf!
It originally belonged to my grandparents, at which time it looked like this:
Dark brown. (That's my Boston Terrier, Chase)
This project was not one of those paint n go types. It definitely needed a bit of prep. You'll see that it was split and cracked near the bottom. Not really a huge concern, I just used some drywall paste on it, let it dry, then sanded smooth. I also sanded the whole unit with an orbital sander so my paint would have something to cling to. I manually sanded with a medium grit paper in the awkward parts. Once I sanded it off, I used my husband's air compressor to blast the dust away. This is not necessary, but makes the tedious part go by quite quickly.
At first, I'm not gonna lie, I started off with the original plan of just spraying the whole thing with some Rustoleum 2x white semi-gloss. And then I was thinking, hey wouldn't it be fun to throw some color on this thing?
Why can't I just stick with the easy plan...
So I was at Home Depot, and saw this beautiful paint chip from Behr:
Colors from top to bottom are: Water Flow, Liquid Blue, Brilliant Sea, and Havasu.
And I thought, hey, the shelf has 4 sections...this chip has 4 colors...
I ended up buying paint samples, 1 of each color (about $2.94 each).
Of course, latex paint (the Behr) will not stick to oil paint (the Rustoleum spray). So I would need to prime the area of the shelves where I wanted to paint the Behr. Luckily, Home Depot was doing a rebate for $5 off any gallon. (YAY!) So I bought some Glidden Gripper. This stuff is great. It is thick and creamy and went on so smoothly. (I'm sure my new Purdy paint brushes helped.)
Once I put a coat of the Gripper on and let it dry, it was time to tape off the sections that I wanted to use the Behr paint on. Here's a big tip I can give to anyone doing any painting, on anything, ever:
Do NOT chintz out on your painter's tape. Get the good stuff. Low tack (the amount of stickiness on the tape) is imperative. It will save you from doing 78974938 touch-ups once you peel the tape off.
And with a can of Rustoleum gloss, the finished product!!
I hope you guys liked this furniture re-do; I'm so happy to share this fun project with you. I'm also pleased that I was able to keep my grandparents' shelf and redo it for something that is very useful - like holding all my crafty crap.
Here's to recycling, repurposing, and reusing,