Transforming an Ordinary Wood Bookcase With Milk Paint

For The Love Creations
by For The Love Creations
I was driving past an op shop & screeched into the parking lot when I saw this bookcase leaning on an outside wall. It was mine for a mere $15!
At first I was certain it requested to be painted with a light wash of "Typewriter" in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.
Starting off with Milk Paint in Typewriter
I finished with a coat of Hemp Oil...but it just didn't seem right yet....
Weeks had passed and I decided to do a yellow wash over the black with Miss Mustard Seed's Yellow.
With a yellow wash over the black
I also wanted it to have some height so I took legs off another piece and put them on the bookcase, giving it a whole new look.
Adding vintage legs for height & attitude
Again the piece sat in my studio, I just wasn't happy. Then one day using leftovers from another project,
A custom mix of Milk Paint leftovers
I did the third and final "wash" of milk paint...and fell in love with the rich, aged last!
Aged to perfection
The inside begged for some whimsy, so I laid the bookcase flat, then arranged coordinating craft paper. Once happy with the patterns, cut to size and used Mod Podge to create an interesting background.
Coordinating craft paper
Finished at last, I love this piece so much now. It went from just about discarded and a piece full of personality and style!
All done!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
Join the conversation
2 of 28 comments
  • Wendy Johnson Wendy Johnson on Sep 03, 2014
    I am so glad you found it and made it your own and then shared your ideas! I come to Hometalk for relaxation, to be inspired and to enjoy other peoples creations even if I never make the same thing.
  • Maritza Narvaez Maritza Narvaez on Sep 04, 2014
    Love the bookcase, if you like the way it looks then good for you.