I am so excited to show you this post. A few weeks back I gave you a sneak peak at some awful 80’s bookcases I got for a steal ($18 a piece) at Goodwill. Well they originally were going to go in my son’s room but after much deliberation I decided to turn our office into a playroom and move my workstation into our family room. I am so glad I did because this may be one of my favorite projects so far.
I began by removing all the doors and drawers from each bookcase. The hardware was inset into the frames so I had to fill and sand a BUNCH. The top portion of the bookcases had been converted to hanging space for clothing, rod and all. The rods were removed and the holes were filled and sanded. They already look much better without doors!
I did not take pictures of the steps between the phase above and the finished product. Sometimes when you are so busy trying to complete a project stopping to take photos seems counter productive. We removed the backs of the bookcases because they were a bit damaged and I prefer the look of bead board backs. Once the bookcases were sanded top to bottom I applied a primer coat and then 2-3 coats of paint. I purchased the bead board from Lowes and had it cut to the correct width. I also bought MDF and 1×2 trim to create the shelves. I painted the bead board a dark grey (same color as our lower kitchen cabinets) while my hubby cut the shelves and applied the trim. The shelves got a coat of primer and two coats of paint. We attached the bead board, secured the bookcases to the wall with L-brackets screwed into the studs, and created simple brackets for the center shelves to rest on. I LOVE how it turned out. In case you are curious, the desk is a piece we already own. It’s the Incognito Desk from Crate and Barrel and probably one of the nicest and most expensive pieces of furniture we own. There is a special place in my heart for furniture I bought finished and didn’t have to slave over. The desk literally fit just perfectly between the bookcases and makes the entire unit feel built-in. Check it out!