Kids’ bookcase makeover

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

While I usually don’t have a problem painting wooden furniture, I did hesitate at the start of this bookcase makeover when Lila’s mom told me it had been hand-built by her grandfather.

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}
BEFORE

He’d done a beautiful job staining and sealing the wood, and even added a decorative square trim around the top. Was she sure about painting it? Yup. OK then — I’d paint it.

I was partway through a room makeover for Lila that also involved painting a hand-me-down makeup table and a chair to go with it.

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Lila’s furniture was a pretty shade of cream, so I’d painted the makeup table to match. (And a dresser. Stay tuned for that.)

It made sense to paint the bookcase to match the rest of the furniture — making it look like one set — but I wanted a pop of colour on the inside for fun. I lugged the bookcase home and set it up in my basement studio.

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}
This bookcase was DARK! Let’s crank the Project Runway and get painting!

The finish was dark (even darker than it had looked in Lila’s room), so I settled in for a marathon painting session …

Continue reading this tutorial (plus bonus tips on styling a pretty-but-functional bookcase for kids) in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life} Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

Continue reading this tutorial (plus bonus tips on styling a pretty-but-functional bookcase for kids) in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}
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