Shabby Bookcase turned Fabulous Vertical Storage

I am all about free furniture so when my grandmother told me she had an old bookcase she was getting rid of I knew I could find a use for it.  The dresser I refinished in Callie’s room is very deep so I have toyed with the idea of adding a bookcase on top of it for additional storage.  I LOVE me some storage and in the kid’s tiny rooms it’s essential to maximize the vertical space.  The last bookcase I refinished was too wide for the dresser but my grandma’s old bookcase was a perfect fit and thus the DIY began.

Here is a picture of the bookcase in it’s original state.  Basic, boring, not so hot.

I decided to dress up the basic box by adding a top and some trim.  I also added trim to the bottom which you will see later.

After a light sanding with the mouse sander, I added my favorite Allen + Roth paintable wallpaper to the back of each section.

I then primed the entire bookcase excluding the wallpaper.

A few days later I painted the bookcase white (Sherwin Williams Pro Classic) of course.

I painted the wallpaper panels pink to match Callie’s dresser and give it some girly flair.  In this photo you can see the trim that was added to the bottom.  I needed to eliminate the arch so that the bookcase and dresser appear to be one piece rather than two.

I love, love, love how it turned out and it stores a ton of stuff.

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