April 5, 2018

How To Update Old Bookcases Farmhouse Style

Hi Friends!  I'm so excited to share this project with you!  I am almost done with all of the furniture in our master bedroom makeover.  It's been slow go around here... Gotta work my other job managing our apartments.
How To Update Old Bookcases Farmhouse Style

But I finished these bad boys!! I'm only showing you one of them, but I did complete both of them! 🙌

Seriously, they were so ugly, boring, orangey and definitely outdated!!  I couldn't stand them.  I had debated on getting rid of them awhile back, but never got around to it.  Now, I'm glad I didn't!

Ugly Orangey Bookcase

We purchased them at IKEA forever ago.  We've had them for YEARS!!!  You can see how the sun faded where the shelves were.

Ugly Orangey Bookcase

So, what I did.... first I cleaned and dusted them... so dirty. 😜   Then, I took off the pressboard backing.  Those look so tacky.  Especially, when you can see the bend of the board down the middle of the shelf. 😝

Remove tacky backing

Then I kind of did a white wash technique.  I dipped my brush in a bid of water, dabbed it off.  Then barely dipped in some white paint.  Brushed it on, then wiped it off.  I couldn't wipe too hard, or it would mostly all come off.

It just tinted the orangey look to a soft wood tone.  I love it!! They look so much better now! What a difference! 💕

White washing shelves

Now for the 'farmhouse style' touch.  Knowing we were going to use shiplap on the bookcases.  We cut extra shiplap boards, when we did our shiplap wall makeover.


***Ummmm..... I just realized that I never did a post on our shiplap wall.... WHAT????!!!!  What is wrong with me?  Huh, I'm kind of stunned right now....  I'll get back to that one...

Anywhoobs.... I cut the long shiplap strip into 32 1/4 inch lengths.  Then painted them the same Simply White by Benjamin Moore mixed in Behr paint at Home Depot.  Poor lighting... working at night...

Painting shiplap board

Twelve boards fit beautifully along the back of the bookcases.  Next, I used my handy nailgun to attach them to the back.

Attaching shiplap boards to bookcase

If you look carefully there was a channel on the sides of the bookcase that the shiplap boards fit in between.  It made it simple to nail to the back.

After that was finished, I noticed that they were bowing in and out.  Kinda tacky, don't you think? So, I stabilized the boards, by attaching a wood strip along the back of the bookcase.  I attached it on the back at the top middle and bottom.

Stabilizing board

Then, I stood up the bookcase and nailed the shiplap strips on the inside of the bookcase to the board that ran along the middle of the back.  It worked perfect! I had a bunch of nails sticking out the back.  I just snipped those off.

Snip off nail ends

Lastly, I filled the holes with white wood filler and Voilé!! Done!!

Finished Farmhouse Style Bookcase

I love the way those bookcases turned out.  The fun part will be when I start decorating. I think Arwen approves...  😻

How To Update Old Bookcases Farmhouse Style

What a transformation! I can't believe they are the same shelves!!  Here's another photo just incase you want to pin it for later! 👍

How To Update Old Bookcases Farmhouse Style

March 22, 2018

Easy DIY Floral Lavender Pots

Spring is in the air... well, somewhere it is.... just not here, since we are getting snow dumped on us as I write... Ugh!!! So, here's a project to brighten my day and hopefully yours!🌸

Easy Floral Lavender Pots

March 8, 2018

Cozumel - Our 30th Wedding Anniversary

Thirty years?? How is that possible? It seems like I'm always saying how fast time flies... it just won't stop.  We felt that 30 years was something to celebrate! So true, right?! And we had the best time celebrating!!

Cozumel - Our 30th Wedding Anniversary

February 16, 2018

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

Hi there!! Long time no see.... I'm still around.  It's just been a crazy couple of weeks!  I'm calling this my 'squirrel project'.  😉

Dollar Tree Bins to Galvanized Buckets

February 2, 2018

Bedroom Dresser Transformation Without Sanding!

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What a transformation! I thought it would look good. But this looks awesome, amazing, fantastic and terrific!

Bedroom Dresser Transformation

January 24, 2018

Master Bedroom Makeover *Update*

It is so nice to be back to living and doing again! Last week, I could barely get my head off the couch. Being sick is no fun! But I'm back and feeling sooooo much better!!

Master Bedroom Makeover