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DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Here is a classic example that we are all familiar with. You’ve had that bookcase that no longer fits in your living area, or it may be damaged with perhaps some shelving that is in need of repair.

You may be thinking that its time to trash it by posting an ad on Kijiji, hauling it into the basement or maybe just placing it out on your curb in the hopes that it will disappear. Why not consider the option of repurposing it?

Repurposing is the process by which an object with one use value is transformed or redeployed as an object with an alternative use value.

E.g.  Bedside storage is a necessity for books, electronic devices, boxes of tissues, and other essentials. Given such a long list of must-haves, the ample storage afforded by an old bookcase makes it ripe for repurposing into a nightstand.

Deck out an old bookcase (or a recent find) with a fresh coat of paint and some patterned contact paper, then attach a quartet of modern legs to add height and complete the transformation. 

There’s countless ideas for repurposing your furniture pieces and other household good and bookcases are just the beginning!  With hardly any effort and lot of imagination you can repurpose that unwanted bookcase and turn it into something beautiful!

Below is one of our own  projects we completed  by taking an older T.V. Entertainment Unit and repurposing the shelving that once upon a time, used to hold books, children’s dvd’s, vhs tapes and family photo albums now transformed into a new one of a kind storage space to now  hold  supplies for our new office coffee station with the addition of some personal touches. Hope this inspires you to try  some of your own DIY Repurposing projects around your home or office. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Step 1

We gave these 2 book cases a quick inspection, looking for any damaged areas that needed repair and disassembled the shelving.  Both pieces got a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt and grime built up from over the years. This would help ensure that paint will adhere properly.

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Step 2

We’re no strangers to Cottage  Serenity Brand Paints.  If you’ve read our previous blogs and viewed some of the other DIY projects we’ve completed in the past, you’ll  see for yourself what a great product and premium paint this really is and here’s why:

When you’re not looking for that vintage look and simply want to paint your furniture to give it a fresh new appearance, Serenity is a mineral paint that goes on clean and evenly with no extra work. Simply prep your surface, then paint. No top coat is required.

Serenity is formulated with top quality acrylic and urethane resins that cure to become a very durable surface. Serenity is available in a soft silky-smooth finish or a velvety flat finish.

There is NO sanding and NO priming required if the surface is cleaned, sealed and sound. When painting with Serenity paint, the surface dries with a built-in sealer. There is no need to worry about any additional waxes or varnishes. It’s as easy as that.

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

We gave our shelving pieces 2 coats of  Cottage Paint Serenity Brand in Charcoal Grey with dry time in between each coat and set them to the side.

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Step 3

Painting both inside and outside of these bookcases was shall we say… “interesting.” These units needed 2 coats of paint to cover the existing colour with dry time in between coats however, we loved the way these pieces were coming together!

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Before & After

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Wow what a transformation already! Loving it!

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

We now have 2 brand new looking book shelves that were originally part of a 3 piece older TV Entertainment Unit from back in the day.

We gave these 2 older bookshelves a new purpose and meaning in our home office and decided to to put them to good  use  by incorporating both pieces as part of our office coffee station area.  They both have a ton of useful storage space.

It’s really is a wonderful feeling to take something you already have in your home and transform that piece into something new and give a new purpose.

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Step 4

This was the fun part! By taking these two older bookcases and re-purposing them, we now have created something completely new with a great story to tell and we’ve don it ourselves!  We have now created a home for our items that  has a unique look like no other.

DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades
DIY Repurpose Bookcase Makeover-Don of all Trades

Step 5 

To finish this project off, we added some of our own personal touches by installing some curtain rods and sheers we already had around from a previous window treatment upgrade project. Silk orange sunflower heads with clips were added to each end of the curtain hold back hardware to help give these pieces just a little splash of colour and cheerfulness.   Love the new look!

Finished Product

 

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Good To Know Tips

Practice the 3- R- RuleReduce, Reuse and Recycle.  It’s the basic foundation that keeps more items out of the landfills.

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DIY Weekend Projects-Turning Something Old Into Something New-Don of all Trades

 

Regardless of how much we love our furniture, a few pieces tend to begin going into disrepair sooner than others. In other cases, we may go gaga over a new piece of furniture item that will come to replace an older unit in our homes. Whatever the case might be, furniture pieces tend to travel every which way inside numerous homes.

It’s actually sad to discard good quality  furniture that way, yet these pieces  regularly take up excessive amounts of  room when they are no longer useful in our homes. If your furniture is sturdy and still  fully functional, you could sell it to a new home. Unfortunately, a significant number of these house hold items  simply wind up on the curb for garbage day.

Before you toss out your next piece of furniture item, consider  these fantastic DIY ventures that particularly re-purpose old furniture pieces. You’ll wish that you had spared a portion of those things from your old collection. Below are two  weekend DIY projects that we recently completed by up-cycling old pieces we already had around the house to look new again.

Pillar Accent Table Weekend Project No.1

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Our family has had this piece for over 17 years. We actually purchased this pillar at a home and garden center in the damaged section of the store.  Got a great deal on it and brought it home. This pillar was used as a decorative decor  piece in our home for years. It held a beautiful blue glass vase with an arrangement of large silk sunflowers in it and was showcased in our living room until it ended up in our basement along with our many other collections of pieces that we just didn’t use anymore.  My wife had a hard time deciding on whether to sell it or hold on to it for future use.  During this years HUGE spring cleaning and de-cluttering process, we decided to keep this piece by repairing, up-cycle and giving this piece a new function  and home in the house.  And we’re sure glad we did!

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Repairs were made to rebuild a damaged corner.

Our Choice of Paint

     

We had left over paint from a previous project with great results and decided to use it again on this particular project.   Chalked Ultra Matte Paint creates a matte finish that dries to a velvety smooth finish. It transforms and rejuvenates furniture and home decor, creating a unique one of a kind look.

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Why Paint with Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White?

  • Easy to us e – No prepping or priming required
  • Use on wood, metal, ceramic, canvas and more
  • Water based for easy clean up

Three great reasons why we chose this paint to get this DIY weekend project done.

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A beautiful custom fit piece of glass was cut and purchased to add more area space to the top of the pillar along with helping to give this piece a new unique one of a kind look and to fit into the new chosen space.

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Inexpensive self adhesive Non-Slip Stoppers were attached to the top of the pillar to help prevent the glass from slipping.

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And voila! Our New Pillar Accent Table is done.  Love the new fresh clean look, new function and home where we can enjoy it for many more years to come!

Seashell Accent Mirror Weekend Project No.2

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Now this was a fun project to complete. We had an old mirror hanging around and decided to give it a new look that would compliment along side  with our new pillar accent table.

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We covered the mirror glass in order to protect  it with the help of painters tape and some paper. Glue and sand was added to the mirror first to help tie it in with the seashells.

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Once dried, we created a pattern of shells around the mirror to figure out where which shells were going to be placed.

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Many, many seashells and lots of  glue sticks later along with a lot of patience, our seashell accent mirror was finally completed. It was placed above the new pillar accent table in the tiny front foyer area. Love the new look of this small space and being able to turn something old and turning it into something new again.

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Old furniture can be an eye sore, but for the crafty, old furniture items are an opportunity to transform the old into something new and delightful. Whether you just want to dress up an old piece or create something entirely new from its parts, just remember that with a little bit of motivation, hard work and imagination, the possibilities are endless.

 

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More About Don of all Trades 

                    

Founder Mr. Donato D’Orazio

Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Donato has over 20 plus years of experience. His company has completed various projects for many clients. Donato’s philosophy is to always treat “YOUR HOME AS IF IT WERE HIS OWN”. His goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices without compromising the finished product.

Donato always ensures all his projects are completed with the highest standard of quality and craftsman ship. He also takes pride in knowing that he can take your ideas and turn them into reality….. Giving you the home you’ve always dreamed of having.
Donato D’Orazio, owner and founder of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, classifies his vision for home renovation projects with three important goals.

1. To come in on budget
2. To complete the project on-time.
3. To make the customer’s experience as stress-free as possible

It is these three goals that form the foundation for the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services business model, which is unique from the way that other home improvement companies operate. Our clients have told us the benefits they’ve seen from our business model.

Don’s Motto

“Start living better and get peace of mind and the freedom in life to get back to the important things that matters most to you.”