Saturday, October 29, 2011

Reveal of Book Shelf and Before and After

This is the bookshelf where I create my own background. I got this bookshelf for free in Craigslist. I liked it because of the mini bar in which I converted to mini working area/office (sort of secretary desk). I am not fan of the dark color. I live in a townhouse with a small living and dining spaces. Placing a dark furniture like this will make my space looks crowded. So I decided to transform it.


First I prime it with Zinsser Primer-Sealer Water-Base. Notice I did not say sand it. Yes, I skip that. My dad said that this shelf is laminated/veneer. (I think you can also sand a laminated.) My technique is brush first all the corners and edges then use a foam roller for the rest. For small details, I used the small, tiny, pointy brush that you can buy in the dollar store.  I prime it twice. 

Next, I painted it with my leftover paint. I painted twice. Let it dry. 

Lastly, I used my leftover Winwax Polycrylic Clear Semi-Gloss. 

Here's it came out. I got to excited and placed my stuff. Notice the knobs? I spray painted the knobs with Rust-Oleum Aqua in Satin. The chrome (first bottom drawer) are left over from my kitchen cabinets which I was trying to see what it looks like. I decided to use the spray painted one. Then I looked carefully and I feel like it's too blank.

I got an inspiration to Rachel from Southern Exposure on what she did in her dining room cabinet. She placed Imperial Trellis wallpaper in the background.
Southern Exposure

Here's what I did with mine. It's not a wallpaper but I made it to look like a wallpaper. HERE is the tutorial of the Quatrefoil background.
  

Look at the closer view.
Again, the before and after photo.


Here's with my stuff.


And another topic, don't miss out! I am hosting a giveaway. Enter for a chance to win a My Memories Suite v4 Software. A great digital scrapbooking software. Here's the link.

Thanks for viewing.

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whenever you face trials of many kinds  - James 1:2(NIV)
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31 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! You did an AWESOME job. I especially love the background you put on the shelves. I love your blog name, by the way. :) I'm a new follower now...

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  2. What a transformation!! You did a fantastic job this is just beautiful, I love how clean and fresh it looks.

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  3. Gorgeous and adorable! And you got that shelf for Free?? What a score! You did a beautiful job! (found you at Show Me What Ya Got @ not just a housewife)

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  4. wonderful wonderful ! it turned out so fresh and bright and happy !

    - KAT -

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  5. Very nice! I have a laminate bookshelf I need to paint too! You have given me the inspiration to do it.

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  6. I love the fresh look you gave it! What a face lift! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. It's hard to belive its the same bookshelf, it looks great.
    Thank you so much for visiting and leaving so kind words on my blog :) I'll be checking out your stuff on a regular basis to.
    Wish you a good day!

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  8. WOWSers do I love this or what?!? Amazing job and thanks for linking this up!

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  9. WOW!! Absolutely FABULOUS!! Love your quatrefoil background...so CHIC!

    Deborah (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you'll stop by and say hi too...) ♥ ♥

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  10. i ove that background! it's so cool and pretty!

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  11. Fantastic refresh! Love how you've changed the cabinet! Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. I am so impressed w/your quatrefoil background! This piece turned out lovely!!

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  13. What a differance!!! The background made all the differance. It made the the bookshelf pop! Wonderful job!

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors!!! Beautifully done!

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  15. What a wonderful transformation! The addition of the background really makes it pop.

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  16. Wow - it's beautiful! Completely transformed. I love it. Great work! I'm a new follower. :)

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  17. This is really clever and looks fantastic!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  18. Lovely! It took a lot of time but looks beautiful.

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  19. What a lovely transformation! I love the design on the back of it! Thanx for coming to the party!

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  20. WOW/ awesome.... love everything about it:):)

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  21. What a great makeover! I love the stenciled background!

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  22. This is SO cute!! I love the stenciled background too!! I've been wanting to redo one of my bookshelves this way! Great blog -- I'm your newest follower! :) xo, Reannah

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  23. This turned out amazingly! I love the touches with the background paper & aqua hardware! I'm in the middle of a dresser re-do now and just hope that it will turn out half this great! =)

    (visiting from Southern Institute's Creative Me Monday)

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  24. Love this..great redo!
    Sarah
    www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

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  25. Amazing makeover!!! And thanks for the Quatrefoil tutorial too!!

    I am so looking to do a makeover like this one for a pair of Ikea Billy bookcases I have - and your project has totally light a fire under me!!! I can't wait to have an amazing bookcase like yours!

    Take care,
    Christina
    designingbynumbers.blogspot.com

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  26. You did a great job...really loved the background you chose. Loved seeing all the before and after pictures,

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  27. Beautiful! I love the aqua on white. I just pinned this on Pinterest.

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  28. This is just beautiful. What a makeover!! I love the idea of not using a stencil but paper!! Great job.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday and please come back this week and link up your newest project, as well as enter my Shabby Apple Necklace Giveaway!

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  29. So charming~ Thanks so much for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday !

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