Easy Chalk Paint Upcycle Project - Old Office Bookcase Makeover

2 Materials
4 Hours
Easy

See how an ugly old office bookcase was transformed with chalk paint into a beautiful storage showpiece (no waxing required!)
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As with most of my furniture pieces this was given to us by friends when we needed furniture in our new home in the Netherlands.
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
Whilst being very functional it did not exactly fit into the decor I had envisioned for our home.
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
So I decided to set to work and give it a bit of a makeover.
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
First I removed the plastic roller cover.
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
Filled the large screw holes with wood filler and sanded them down to a smooth finish.
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I used two colours from the Everlong Chalk Paint's coastal range.
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
'Porcelain' was used on the inside of the bookcase and 'grecian blue' on the outside.
I used 3 coats in total but probably could have got away with 2.
Once the bookcase was completely dry I sanded it to a smooth finish.
I then only had to buff the piece with a soft cloth because there is no need to wax with Everlong chalk paint (I love this!)
This gave a lovely soft sheen.
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As luck would have it I managed to find some cardboard storage boxes that matched perfectly for €3.99 a piece.
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
Then I went on to the fun bit of dressing the piece.
Because of the beautiful colour I decided to go with a bit of a coastal theme and used bits and bobs that I had already lying around the house.
This has now totally inspired me to redecorate the rest of the loft bedroom :)
easy chalk paint upcycle project old office bookcase makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas
For more detailed instructions pop over to the blog .... :)

Suggested materials:

  • Old Office Bookcase  (Was Given To Me)
  • Everlong Chalk Paint  (Everlong Paint (Available online))
Sam Franklin

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1 question
  • Ros7029205
    on Jul 7, 2016

    It looks great! But did you have to sand it down before you painted it?

    • Sam Franklin
      on Jul 8, 2016

      Hi Rosanna, no there was no need to sand it down apart from where I had filled the screw holes with filler, which I sanded until it was totally smooth and flat. For the rest I just gave it a good wash and allowed it to dry.

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  • Blindsgalore
    on Jul 5, 2016

    What a difference a little color can make. Great job!

    • Sam Franklin
      on Jul 6, 2016

      Yes I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out - the 'Grecian Blue' looked quite different before I applied it to the bookcase.

  • ThomasMaloney
    on Jul 12, 2016

    isn't it wonderful what a little bit of effort and chalk can do to change the look of your storage cupboards!

    • Sam Franklin
      on Jul 13, 2016

      Yes it's certainly a satisfying feeling when you can stand back and are able to admire your own handwork :)

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