I’m still in the process of transforming our living area to the cottage style. So hubs and I started working on changing an ugly bookcase in to a cottage one on a very
frugal tight budget!
Here’s how the bookcase looked before we started (also before room was painted)..
Yikes, that’s an ugly bookcase don’t ya think?
It’s missing a leg – and has absolutely no CHAR.RIC.TER, if I say so myself – but it was $30 bucks!
It was slotted to go in the hubs workroom, but never made it!
Can you believe hubs still moans under his breath about it! – Like get over it!!!
The leg was repaired and we painted it white.
We used it like this for just about a year.!!!
Me thinks it needs a “cottage” updo…
First we pulled the back off..
we found some old paneling laying in the basement.
The right side shows how it looked like before we painted it white…
Liked the varying widths of the panel…
and ruffed it up a bit with sandpaper..
Next we focused on the top of the bookcase – No cottage look here!
Wanted a “farmhouse” looking top -with a dark stain.
found these 2 FREE pieces in the basement..Way to Go… and sanded them clean….
Next hubs sawed the boards in varying widths.
To join the planks together Hubs used a Biscuit Joint cutter (very easy to use).
to make slits like this (sorry about photos)
then you just stick a “biscuit” (buy them) in the slots, use some wood glue….
and clamped together for a few hours…
We stained it with our fav stain color – dark walnut… nailed and glued to the bookcase top.
I heart the farmhouse table top look…helps to age the piece.
This is how she looks up to this point – yes that is a lot of birds – which is another story!
OK, focus! With just those two changes she already looks a whole lot better.
While she does look better she still needs a little somethin’?
A little somethin’ included trimming out the sides…
Adding some pretty scroll deets on the the front…
But her legs are just NOT doing it!
We tossed around so many different ideas.
Our inspiration came from a very charming bookcase we already have!
Hubs got to work tracing it on some leftover wood..
and nailed it to the bottom of shelf, but we didn’t like the “line” showing…
We bought this cute trim at Lowes..and attached to the bottom…
Ruffed it up a bit, and aged with a dark stain..
Pretty, and cottagey don’t ya think?
A few closeups…
love the paneled look in back of bookcase
Total cost – $30 bucks! Since the only purchased items was the wood trims (side, scroll and bottom trim). Besides that everything else was from our scrape piles from the garage and basement!
Most of all it went from drab to fab! Also has a great cottage vibe to it. While I want the style to fit in the cottage style it could also fit in farmhouse or country too.
Since she’s no longer ugly anymore that I can’t wait to decorate her!
What have you done with your ugly bookcases!