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Thrift Store Bookshelf Makeover

I found this solid wood bookshelf at our local Habitat for Humanity for $12 and snatched it up quick.  It wasn’t in amazing shape, but bookshelves are usually not hard to revamp and being solid wood it was well worth the money.  Most importantly, I already knew where I wanted to use it from the moment I spotted it.

bookshelf beforeAt first glance I figured it would need another shelf to even out the large gap at the top and several of the shelves would need replacement trim.  I also knew the scrolled detail at the top would have to go bye bye.

bookshelf in progress 1Here it is with a new shelf added to even out the top area (I just eyeballed it’s placement since none of the other shelves are evenly spaced), wider trim placed around each of the shelves to make them match and the top trimmed out fix the odd extension of the legs above the top shelf.  Loads of wood filler filled all the gaps.

side view book shelfSide view.  The detail on the legs were one of the things that drew me to the shelf in the first place.    All the new trim was attached with wood glue and nails.  Also,  I was able to use scrap wood for everything on this project, so my out of pocket for the revamp was zero which is always nice.

book shelf 3This is it after top was added and lots and lots of sanding.  With the big mix of all the woods (some of the original shelves had been replaced with different wood in addition to the new trim) I knew staining it was out of the question.

side view bookshelf 2Side view with the top in place.  The top is actually a scrap piece of 3/4″ plywood finished with veneer edge banding,  I love that stuff.  Super easy to apply using a household iron and then you just trim it down with a box knife.  After a little sanding it looks just like a solid piece of wood.

black paint bookshelf

A few coats of Deep Onyx paint from Behr later.  I really love this black and will have to keep myself from painting everything in the house my new favorite color.

distressed bookshelf

To bring out a little bit of the detail in the legs and keep it from being just another painted piece I did just a little bit of distressing.  The distressing helped to age the newer wood to match the older more worn original wood.  I applied a little stain to the exposed wood and then wiped it down.   A good tip for applying stain to those smaller distressed areas is to use a stain pen which will help keep the stain just where you want it.

finished bookshelfI finished the shelf with a coat of wax before relocating it to it’s new home in the downstairs half bath.  It’s a small, windowless bathroom which makes it fairly difficult to get good pictures, but I was genuinely too lazy to stage it somewhere better lit only to remove everything and move it again.  No thank you.

finished bookshelf 2An up-close of the distressing.  I had to play with the stain colors on the shelves to match the legs.  The original wood stained darker and absorbed the stain more quickly than the new wood, so I played with the colors I had on hand until it darkened to a similar color.


Not bad for $12 and a couple hours on a Saturday, huh.  I love it when I find bargains for real wood items at our local thrift stores, which doesn’t happen very often up here.


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Repurposing an old Typewriter table…

Some young’uns out there are like…a “whaaat” table??  Yes, they still had typewriters when I was growing up and when I lucked out and was given an electric one at some point I was crazy excited.  :)  Anyways, this little table probably saw it’s heyday even before my time, but it was perfectly suited for my little project.

Old Typewriter Table


When we moved out of the rental and into our new home, my daughter chose the smaller of the two bedrooms (my son had no preference).  We all tried to convince her that the bigger of the two would be better for holding all of her crap stuff, but she loved the smaller one so in it she went.  A few things had to be sacrificed in order to squeeze her in there…including her desk and her old dollhouse.    And, that is pretty much how it sat for the past few months.  Everything just in there.  No real decoration or organization because I just couldn’t seem to figure out how to make it all work.   Too much stuff and not enough room.  Finally, while they were gone visiting family this summer a few ideas started to pop into my head and things have started to fall into place.

I knew she would need another desk in her room, but it just needed to downsize from her previous one.  This lead me on a long and tedious journey.  Who knew finding a simple, small desk could be such a pain.  The kids and I actually came across this little table buried behind some other tables at our local Habitat for Humanity.  With a sticker price of $18 and then marked down another  30% (because it had been there over 3 weeks), I walked out only spending $13 dollars on the perfect sized table.  And, it included a perfect, little drawer which we didn’t even realize until it slid out while I was carrying it.

After a little scrubbing & scrapping (to remove some old tape and rust spots) it was ready for some spray painting.  I found the perfect shade of green at my local HD.  It’s called  ‘Eden’ and is made by Rustoleum.  I let it sit for a few days to thoroughly dry before setting up my daughter’s little reading nook.  She loves it!

Repurposed Typewriter Table


It fit in the spot perfectly with just one of the extensions in place.  I am still on the hunt for the right chair because the one she has now is a little too big, but other than that this is one finished corner.  Yay.

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