While most other bloggers are beginning to share exciting holiday stuff, I'm going to be a little different over here and am going to start sharing the new baby's space! Just like Tristan's room, I will start by showing you the different DIYs that went into it before doing the big reveal and breakdown.
Today's post will be about a couple of mini furniture makeovers. I say mini because they were super simple and only required a little bit of wood and some paint.
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- Cheap Bookcase (mine is old but this is the closest I could find)
- Liquid Nails
- Finishing nails
- Beadboard sheet
- Wood Filler
- Minwax Satin Polycrylic
Next, I cut some legs out of a 1x2 by measuring the height of the bookcase plus 2.5". Each leg was composed of two pieces, one that attached to the side and one that attached to that. I used liquid nails and then went back over each with a couple of finishing nails for extra stability.
Next, I cut planks out of 1x4s and attached them to the top, again with liquid nails reinforced by actual nails.
I then framed the planked top with 1x2s.
Finally my piece of beadboard was cut and ready to nail to the back. My measurement on the gap that I left was a little off but I still made it work :)
Looking good so far! I went around and filled all of my nail holes and the preset holes for the shelf with wood filler. Buuuuuut it was still missing something. I realized that I needed some trim on the bottom so I cut that from a 1x4.
There. That's better!
I gave the entire thing a coat of primer and painted the bottom white and the top a very light gray. After caulking and a coat of polycrylic, this is what I ended up with.
The furring strips that I used for the top had some nice wear on them which was perfect since I wanted to add just a touch of rustic to the room.
I love how the beadboard back turned out, it looks absolutely gorgeous. I tried not to overdecorate so that it can still be seen!
I gave the exact same treatment to my childhood nightstand. I think this thing is even older than the bookcase.
The difference isn't huge but overall I feel like they look more like actual pieces of furniture instead of just cheap laminate. It was a nice cheap fix and was a much better option than shelling out more money for brand new furniture. :)
And wouldn't you know it, the day that I was working on these, one of our neighbors put out three-- yes THREE similar bookcases for free on the curb! I was so tempted to snatch them all up, but I knew that they would probably end up taking up room in the garage for months until I got around to them. So as painful as it was, I passed haha.
Linking up to these awesome parties!