We have a little nook cut out in the upstairs hallway that was calling for me to do something with it! Spaces like these naturally call out for a built in type piece. I had toyed with the idea of doing a bench, but when my daughters bookcase started overflowing with books, I began thinking more and more about a bookcase for this space. In many older homes you will see a built in bookshelf for a space like this. Since my budget was like $0 dollars, a true built in was not going to happen but when a friend posted this piece on our neighborhood garage site for $40 dollars with the perfect dimensions I jumped at the chance, especially with the beautiful glass doors that would be typical in an older home built in. Today I am going to walk you through all the steps and products I used to transform this bookcase. The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.
I decided to use chalk paint for this piece because it was made with composite board and I wouldn’t be able to sand it to get the paint to adhere to it well. I actually have never used chalk paint before so I was excited to see how it worked compared to the regular furniture paint I typically used. I liked how smooth the chalk paint went on in thin layers which prevented any drips. I was actually amazed that I didn’t have any of the drip issues that I normally have with regular paint. But the con to this is I had to put a million coats of paint on the piece. Okay maybe not a million, but it sure felt like it! It also tried fast, so even though I had to put a million coats on, at least I didn’t have to wait as long between coats. I used the Valspar Tintable Medium Base Paint followed by the Valspar Clear Sealing Wax.
Since I wanted this piece to look like something you would find in an old home I decided to go with a crystal cabinet knob to give it a little old world charm. I actually had two left over from a previous dresser refinishing but I have linked similar one’s here.
Peel and Stick Wallpaper
I decided to go with a peel and stick wallpaper for the back wall of the bookcase to give it a little more personality. I actually decided to cover the top of the shelves with the paper as well as my kids will be pulling and pushing books on the shelves which might cause scratching. The paper was super easy to work with and went on beautifully! I used the Devine Color Metallic Texture Peel and Stick Wallpaper in Sterling.
Can’t wait for the shelves to cure so that I can start filling the bookcase with lots of goodies. I am planning on using baskets on the bottom shelves for toys and then the top shelves for the kids books. Will post more pictures when it is all decorated!