DIY Project. Upcycle Your Old Frame Into Trendy Bookshelf.

5 Materials
24 Hours

I had this project in my mind for a few months but I couldn’t find good frame anywhere. I was visiting my local second-hand store almost every day… I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a new frame so used one was the best option for me. And one day I found what I was looking for 😊
Step 1 - Gold color was wonderful but didn’t match my space so I decided to change it to silver. I put two coats of Annie Sloan Graphite chalk paint.
Step 2 – I put silver Pebeo gilding wax on my frame. I start with a little amount of it as it is very efficient. 
Step 3 – I polished it with 600 grit sand paper. Thanks to this you can see wood structure on my frame. 
Step 4 – My husband (handy man) build a shelf. He used for it melamine boards from Home Depot.
Step 5 -  We glued frame to shelf using “No More Nails” glue from Home Depot 
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2 questions
  • Joy Bennett
    on Jan 21, 2018

    looks great. How did you mount it to the wall? And is it just open on the sides?
    • LaJuanna Faught
      on Jan 21, 2018

      The books are leaning on the side walls.
    • Mark Willis
      on Jan 21, 2018

      I too am very interested in how you mounted those 4 fairly heavy shelves to the wall? They must be mounted into the studs in the walls to hold the weight...? How did you mount the shelves?
    • Linda
      on Jan 21, 2018

      From what I can gather, the shelves are in a box that her husband constructed. The picture frame is glued to the edges of the box with the shelves.
    • Joy Bennett
      on Jan 21, 2018

      So do you think there is sides built onto the frame in addition to shelves, Linda? She doesn’t mention them. And I’m really hoping to get an answer from the poster regarding how it’s mounted. Nice idea!
    • Izabela Rutkowska-Trzop
      on Jan 22, 2018

      Shelves are integral part of the structure - you can't remove them.
      2nd and 3rd shelve have attached in the back 2 cleats from Home Depot -
      It allows to hide them (if I would attach to first shelf - it would stick out over top) and distribute the load. Shelves are from melamine boards so using single shelve to carry all load to the wall would cause it to separate (that's why we used 2).
      Critical part is to install cleats in correct distance on bookshelf and wall - otherwise only on will be carrying the load.
      And of course you need to install wall part to the studs.
    • Izabela Rutkowska-Trzop
      on Jan 22, 2018

      View from the side
    • Joy Bennett
      on Jan 23, 2018

      okay, great, so he built a box an you glued the box on. Now, it’s really heavy, so how did you hang it please?
    • Izabela Rutkowska-Trzop
      on Jan 25, 2018

      My husband hang it on two 24" Pro French Cleat (you can buy it in Home Depot). I hope it can help you.

  • Sherry
    on Jan 21, 2018

    Confused. Is the shelf (bookcase) sticking out from the wall or is it built into the wall?
    • Allison Velez
      on Jan 21, 2018

      She glued it to the front of a bookcase so I'm assuming it sticks out
    • Pam
      on Jan 21, 2018

      there are candles on top of it so it is sticking out.
    • Grandma
      on Jan 21, 2018

      I think it’s halfway into the wall. It has a candle on top but doesn’t have feet, I can see the baseboard
    • Izabela Rutkowska-Trzop
      on Jan 22, 2018

      View from the side

    • Very clever and effective.

    • Ellen
      on Feb 4, 2018

      It looks like it sticks out, however, I think this is a great idea for a flat against the wall built-in shelf unit (or for a recessed shelving unit you can make yourself -if you own the place...not okay for renters!). Also if you use command strips to adhere to the shelving unit, you can trade out frames when you want.

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  • Frances
    on Jan 4, 2019

    It loooks as though the shelf sits inside the wall which to me would look even better! Not saying it’s not nice,,, it’s gorgeous and a lovely piece!

  • Janice
    on May 10, 2020

    Love the colors. Great use of a frame. Gave me some ideas on what to do with my Shadow box.

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