Trash to Treasure – Bookshelves

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3 Hours

Here is yet ANOTHER trash to treasure project for ya.

What did I find this time???

One of my neighbors moved and left a few things at the curb for the garbage trucks (or for someone like me to take). I grabbed these 2 bookshelves.

These shelves were in decent condition. They needed some sprucing up though and I intended to do just that. Here is what I did.

Just FYI….I only took a picture of ONE of these bookshelves, but I had two.


Materials Used for this Project…

Furniture Paint

Paint Rollers

Paint Brushes

This Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Step 1, Clean…

I always start my projects by giving them a good cleaning and dusting. These shelves didn’t have any significant scratches on them and were in decent shape, but definitely needed a good cleaning.

Step 2, Paint…

I planned to paint them white so headed to Lowes to get a quart of my favorite furniture/cabinet paint. Unfortunately they were out of stock. Luckily, Home Depot is nearby so I headed there instead. The nice paint guy told me about this Cabinet Rescue paint, so I gave it a try. I am really happy with it. Bonus, it was cheaper than the stuff I usually buy at Lowes.

Half way thru painting I unscrewed the back piece. It was easier to paint without it, and I decided to apply wallpaper, or do something fun with them anyway.

These shelves took A LOT of paint. I think I put on about 4 coats before they were fully covered.

Step 3, Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper…

While the paint was drying I went ahead and applied this fun wallpaper to the back piece. I found this amazing wallpaper on Amazon, and LOVE it. Isn’t it puurty?

I ended up taping the 2 pieces of the backing together. They were previously held together by a plastic bracket, which left a bump in between the pieces. I took that off and tapped it instead. Then, I proceeded to use the peel and stick wallpaper. I needed 2 rolls to complete the project, and had some left over. Of course my cat had to get in on the action, laying directly on my project as I was trying to work. Silly cat.

I find the easiest way to apply the peel and stick wallpaper is to peel off a small amount of the backing, smooth it down on your wood, use a tool to get rid of any bubbles, and repeat. Going slowly down the piece until you get to the bottom.

Once the paint was dry, I screwed the wallpapered pieces back on to the shelves, and that was that.

This project wasn’t to hard at all. It just took a little elbow grease, time, paint and wallpaper and viola….don’t they look so much better? Hopefully these sell ASAP on Facebook Marketplace.

These sold pretty quickly on Facebook Marketplace.

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  • Girl Friday Girl Friday on Mar 24, 2022

    How much money did you make, after accounting for the cost of supplies and your time?

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