DIY Home + Garden

Published on February 12th, 2011 | by Wenona Napolitano


DIY Bookcase Makeovers

from bookcase makeoverI recently acquired a second hand bookcase. It is a cheap one and it’s seen better days. I want to give it a makeover but wasn’t sure what to do with it because of the cheap paper laminate stuff it’s covered with. I’m not sure if I should strip it or just work over it.

So I went online to see what I could find and see if anyone else has given a cheap bookcase a chic makeover. Here is what I found:

found at Aprtment Therapy

This black and white beauty is nice. You should see what it looked like to begin with. You can get this look with the help of this Apartment Therapy tutorial.

Home Made Simple took one bookcase and gave it three different makeovers.

The site has nine bookcase makeovers and another site, The Pepper Design Blog, has some funky fabric ideas for covering old bookcases.

I think the idea I love the most is Country Living’s DIY bookcase. They took old dresser drawers and transformed them into a bookcase. Now that’s a crafty repurpose and super upcycle. It doesn’t help me with my cheap bookcase but it does make me want to be on the lookout for old dressers and drawers.

What about you have you given a bookcase or any other furniture a crafty green makeover?

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

5 Responses to DIY Bookcase Makeovers

  1. Lynn Colwell says:

    Love these and many makeovers of bookcases and other furniture. I’ve done two. This was a small chest of drawers I got for $5 at a garage sale. It was a total mess. Had to sand and scrape for a week before I could finally paint it, but am VERY happy with it. What do you think?

  2. Cerise says:

    Awesome! I just might do this to my messed up dresser. It doesn’t have very cool drawers though.

    • We says:

      Lynn love the colors- very festive. It really brightens up the room adding a great visual point.

      If you ever have to strip off old paint or finish- try Soygel by Franmar. It makes it so easy and it’s eco-friendly. The old finish will easily come off. Just don’t use it on plastic. Someone said they used it on a chadelier and it ate the plastic coating off the wires.

      But a lot of natural oil based products will not work well with plastic and petroleum based stuff.It’s made for use on wood and metal. But our experience with it was great. It didn’t even stink.

  3. Amanda Patey says:

    Did you end up stripping it or working over it? I have a bookcase in a similar condition and not sure what to do either…would love to see what you ended up with :).

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