This is the bookcase next to the sofa in our family room. It’s where I keep some of my design books and magazines. But it didn’t start its life looking like that. In fact this little bookcase was a hair’s breadth away from a trip to the garbage bin.
I thought I’d give it one last chance and see if it could be redeemed. I am happy to announce that we made up and I couldn’t be happier with my little friend here.
The poor thing has been moving with me from home to home for a long while. I am sure it wasn’t meant to go through the hardships of moving, after all this is one of those super-cheap flat-packed wood shavings and paper pieces of furniture that start coming apart as soon as you finish assembling them.
This is how I refurbished a cheap bookcase:
- The first thing I did was completely disassemble the bookcase, which was easy because each side was held by 4 screws. I then glued every piece as I put them back together. I pre-drilled holes to add new screws, and reattached the backboard, this time adding a lot more nails. So long wobbliness!
- Then I made a base to raise the bookcase off the floor (for easy cleaning and moving) using a piece of plywood and 5″-pieces of 2″ x 2″.
- Then I applied a good deal of glue to the top of the base and mounted the bookcase on it. I pre-drilled some holes, and screwed in some countersunk screws to permanently attach the two parts. I then filled in the holes and gaps with putty and gave it a good sanding (even the paper that covers the bookcase).
- Then it was a few coats of latex paint. I skipped the primer because I expected latex to grab onto the sanded surface, and mostly because I am lazy and also had little hope that I’d like the results anyway.
After the three coats of paint made the little bookcase look pretty decent, I decided to take it up a notch. I used spray glue to attach some nice fabric I had to the top shelf, and then gave it a coat of Hardcoat Mod Podge.
I also attached nail-in glides to the legs to protect the hardwood floor.
Doesn’t that look a lot better? I love the geometrical patterns and the colors. Want to see about the magazine boxes? I’ll tell you later about that (UPDATE: Check it here).
My husband didn’t believe that this cheap piece of crap could be saved from the garbage. I guess I proved him wrong. 🙂