DIY Bookshelf Makeover

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My hallway bookshelf has looked like this for far too long. Over a year. Ick.

DIY Bookshelf Makeover bare

Back a year ago I decided to take off the top doors to have an open shelf for display and paint the trim bottom doors white. Well, it just sat there.

I knew I wanted something fun/bright inside but couldn’t decide what exactly. I finally just decided to make it as easy as possible and use things I already had and just get it done. Anything is better than this look.

I grabbed some paint I already had from a previous project – Glidden “Caribbean” Premium Satin – for the inside framing.
DIY Bookshelf Makeover Glidden Interior in Caribbean

DIY Bookshelf Makeover Caribbean

I really liked it just like this and almost left it as-is to just get it done. But decided I wanted a little more “something”, so I grabbed some gold metallic paper tape that I had found in the dollar bin at Target.

DIY Bookshelf Makeover Supplies

I did two simple horizontal stripes all the way around each level. It was SO. EASY. Plus, I am in love with how it turned out with how simple it was – plus, cheap since I already had the supplies and all the decor. Oh, yes, now to add the filling.

DIY Bookshelf Makeover Painted and Taped
I gathered up the main things I wanted on the shelves: books from my grandpa, memorabilia from my husband’s grandpa, kids artwork and baby books, and the husband’s awards. I tried to balance the shelves to please the eye, and I may still adjust some things. But overall, I love it!
DIY Bookshelf Makeover Styled Shelf 1
DIY Bookshelf Makeover Styled Shelf 2
DIY Bookshelf Makeover Styled Shelf 3

No joke, the paint drying was the longest part of this whole project. Outside of that, it took me a total of about 90 minutes. Why did it take me so long to get this done?!?

DIY Bookshelf Makeover Result

DIY Bookshelf Makeover Results 2

Originally published July 14, 2015

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Aubrie

Executive Director at Heartbeat for Hope
I was born and raised in Edmond, OK and love the town so much I stayed here to raise my family. I am blessed with a romantic, caring, talented husband & two awesome boys. I started my career life as a wedding coordinator, and I still love event planning! Now I am founder/director of Heartbeat for Hope, a non-profit supporting education and rural development in Ghana, Africa. I love my fabulous family, friends, movies, binge-watching crime dramas, and home projects whenever I can.

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I was born and raised in Edmond, OK and love the town so much I stayed here to raise my family. I am blessed with a romantic, caring, talented husband & two awesome boys. I started my career life as a wedding coordinator, and I still love event planning! Now I am founder/director of Heartbeat for Hope, a non-profit supporting education and rural development in Ghana, Africa. I love my fabulous family, friends, movies, binge-watching crime dramas, and home projects whenever I can.

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