If you’ve ever been faced with an empty bookshelf and tomes and knickknacks in piles on the floor around you, you know that decorating a bookshelf can be more difficult than it looks. In fact, it’s something we get questions about constantly.
6 Gorgeous Makeover Bookshelf To Apply
Styling the perfect bookshelf is a mix of art and science—one that requires you to think about not only what it will look like but also how it should function. Here, we’ve outlined our favorite easy ideas for decking out your shelves, whether you’re starting from scratch or seeking a quick refresh.
1. Repaint The Bookshelf
This thrift store bookcase was dark and dated when Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer’s Christy spotted it. She took it home and gave it a coastal-inspired makeover with paint. She started with a beachy blue enamel and then used her own recipe to turn it into chalk-finish paint.
2. Wallpaper The Bookshelf Back
With its new top, base molding, and intense green paint. However, it’s the wallpapered back that makes the piece special. Choose a scenic wallpaper with an unusually large repeat (the repeat is the pattern’s scale) that spans the entire back. Though less dramatic, small- and medium-scale patterns also look good. Since the back panel of a single bookcase is relatively small, it’s a fantastic place to use vintage wallpaper scraps.
3. Add Molding
Fine furniture is usually finished with as much trim and molding as the style allows. Thus, you can make a cheap bookcase look more expensive by adding molding—even if it starts as an everyday laminate piece. This bookcase is unrecognizable by installing base and crown molding. She also added a lattice trim to make the sides and shelf fronts appear thicker.
4. Turn The Side Into Chalkboard
Updated your flea market bookcase for use in her son’s room; she didn’t just do a cosmetic makeover. Give a space to create by spraying the side with chalkboard paint. A bookcase with chalkboard sides could also come in handy in a kitchen or craft room.
5. Replace The Top
Simply Beautiful by Angela showcased a bookcase transformed with a thick new top made of planks. Angela also beefed up the overall look with real wood trim on the front and sides. You’d never know this sturdy beauty started as a flimsy laminate piece.
6. Attach Weels
Before painting this bookcase in a cheery cherry red, you can build a new top, added base trim, and installed a set of casters. Casters are furniture wheels. They add visual interest and make it easy to move the bookcase from place to place.