With all these recent snow days, thank you New England, I wanted a project to work on while being stuck at home. I took a quick trip to Ocean State Job Lot (for anyone not from around here, they have great prices, but not always the worlds best quality) and found a pretty sturdy looking 2 shelf bookcase, singing to the tune of $10, I was sold. Next stop was good old home depot where I picked up a paint sample of Martha Stewart Living in Anvil. Less than $3 for the sample...and that was all the paint I would need!
Check out my process of turning this:
First thing I did was to assemble the bookcase, then I took out my sanding block and some medium (100 grit) sand paper.
|Sand paper, and a sanding block, which I like better than just using sandpaper folded up in my hand|
|One side, sanded down|
|Ready for priming!|
|I have a little key for popping off the top of paint cans, but a flat screw driver would work fine too|
Next it was time for paint. As I said, I chose the Martha Stewart Living in Anvil. This is a really nice rich grey, originally I thought that I was going to go with Graphite, but after looking at the paint chips Anvil stole my heart.
Each paint tester comes with 8oz. of paint, which I knew would be just enough for my small bookcase. The guys at Home Depot mix it right up for you, and for less than $3 it's perfect for a small project or testing paint on your walls at home before taking the plunge.
I followed the same steps as I did for priming my shelves, except this paint took 3 hours to dry! So 2 coats on each side later...it took most of the day!
After the final coat was on I let things dry overnight just to be on the safe side. Then I removed the painters tape covering the screw holes, and was happy to see them safe and unblocked.
Now I had to decide on what pattern to paint onto my shelves. I had seen the fabulous painted wallpaper Emily did over at Jones Design Company and was sold. I printed her template, but adjusted the size by quite a bit, since my tiny bookshelf was much smaller than her expansive wall space.
|Cut out template, and chalk for tracing|
here. This is what I was saving them for!)
|You can hardly see the circle sticker!|
here, I don't have the worlds steadiest painting hand, but overall I think my $10 bookcase looks much improved! I'd say it was $13 well spent. Maybe I need to go back for a matching one...