A DIY Birthday

Monday was my birthday so I gave myself a long weekend, which worked out great because some family came into town and I got to finish a DIY project.

A co-worker’s mother-in-law passed away earlier this year, and as they were cleaning out her apartment they offered some of her furniture to anybody they knew who might be able to use it. I received a bookshelf. (Shocking that I would need/want one, right?) It was one of those cheap, put-it-together-yourself fake wood ones, so I decided to give it a two-day makeover. Check it out:

Day 1 materials: black latex paint, roller, tray, sandpaper.

Day 1 materials: black latex paint, roller, brush, tray, sandpaper.

Before.

Before.

Two rounds of sanding.

Two rounds of sanding.

First coat.

First coat.

Second coat.

Second coat.

Third coat.

Third coat.

I let that dry on my patio overnight. You’re probably thinking, um… Stef? You missed a spot, or four. Don’t worry, it’s all part of the plan. For the backs of each shelf, I borrowed from my mom’s book of cleverness. See Day 2:

Day 2 materials: tape measure, pencil, tape, scissors (but I actually used a box cutter), wrapping paper from Target's Dollar Spot, foam core board.

Day 2 materials: tape measure, pencil, tape, scissors (but I actually used a box cutter), wrapping paper from Target’s Dollar Spot, foam core board.

I measured and cut four pieces of board to fit against the back of the shelves, wrapped each one in the paper and…

Ta da!

Ta da!

The boards just sit in the shelves, so if I feel a major redesign of my bedroom coming on (right now it has a black-and-white thing happening), I can just take them out, find different paper and pop them back in. Easy cheesy.

Day 1 materials added up to $23; Day 2, $9 (boards and paper only; I had the rest). The shelf was free. So, for just over $30 and maybe 4 total hours of work, I have a spiffy bookshelf. Happy birthday to me!

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