Since my last post was about IKEA I felt it would be a good time to show you a makeover I did on another IKEA purchase recently-the ever popular Billy Bookcase.
My husband and I bought this bookcase shortly after we were married. It has through the years been in our living room, dining room, and the boy’s playroom. It’s very sturdy-the sides, top and bottom are solid wood and the back is a thin sheet of pressed wood.
With the upcoming move I have decided to nix the playroom in favor of a family room. I don’t want a lot of toys in the room-just games, puzzles, a tv, and I am hoping to homeschool for the most part in this room as well. That being said I wanted to give our bookcase a little makeover before the move.
My first step was to spray paint the entire bookcase black. For this I chose Rustoleum Universal in Satin Black because it is a paint and primer all in one. It took me about three and a half cans to spray the entire bookcase. I originally bout three and tried to use another Krylon spray paint to finish it off but as you can see the primer in the Rustoleum made a huge difference and it was off to Lowes for a fourth can!
|Krylon on the left, Rustoleum on the right|
After the bookcase was painted my husband took off the back panel for me. I bought this great fabric super cheap on eBay a few weeks ago. It is called Sultana by Iman-you can find it on Amazon here.
(I just ordered it in blue as well to make pillows for the living room to complement my Woody Iliana pillow!)
I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the back of the bookcase. Because the piece I had was 56″ by 56″ and my bookcase back was 30″ by 72″ I had to piece together the bottom. I hid the piecing behind the shelf line. (I also had just enough fabric left to save for a coordinating pillow!)
After the back was covered we nailed it back on and our transformation was complete! (Please excuse it’s location on the porch-the house is half-packed!) I can’t wait to see it in the family room once we move!