Painted and Decoupaged Bookcase

The bathroom bookcase/shelf is finished!

It is technically a bookcase but I have been using it in the upstairs bathroom for storage for towels and a few bins of other things like make-up and hair care products. I wish I had a before picture, but alas, I do not. I always rush on projects and dive right in and forget the camera. I tried to look for a photo, but as one could imagine, there aren't many bathroom photos. I will say the bookcase was not a pretty piece; it was a dark walnut-colored finish that had lost much of its varnish and had lots of scratches.

Handy Hubby sanded (outside) and then primed (inside) while I mixed up a paint color from the abundance of basement paints that we have leftover from other projects.

We painted in the kitchen because we lack a sufficient warm place to paint during the winter. The woodstove keeps the room toasty and paint dries quickly. Painting in the kitchen rushes us through projects because working around things like this is a pain! We'd probably be much slower if we had a nice warm workshop somewhere out of the way.

I wanted to age the shelf and decoupage a bit. Why not? It doesn't cost anything and adds charm.

I did my usual brush-on/wipe-off method with some watered down brown paint.

I decided to use some fabric on the back of the shelf, which was probably silly, since you never see it and it took a while.

(My sweet daughter brought me crackers and cheese to snack on during the slow process...)

The roses on the side are cut from some fabric that I had. 

After all of the decorative painting was done, the shelf was polyurethaned, which will protect it and also help to yellow the finish and age it a bit. 

Now on to the vanity!

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Lorilee said...

You did a beautiful job! I love the color!

Sam I Am...... said...

I'm new to your blog but LOVE your house! It's so cozy and I love your decorating and color choices!
The bookcase is over the moon! Love the colors and may I ask how you attached the fabric in the back of the shelves and did that get poly'd too? It is beautiful! And mixing old paints...who knew!?!?!? You are motivating and inspiring me! Thank you so much!

Our Country Bungalow said...

Thank you very much!

The bookcase wasn't difficult to do and pretty much free of any cost because I used things I had.

Yes, we did poly the the fabric in the end but before that I just used modpodge to glue the fabric on and then go over the first time.

And hubby is a painter so we have lots of paints. I just mixed up some in an old rubbermaid food storage bowl.

Thank you for leaving such nice comments!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Fantastically adorable!!! Wonderful job and I love your choices of paint and decor.

Hey, if ever I make it back there, I am going to take you up on your invite! :) I love your farmhouse!


SweetPepperRose said...

Nice up cycle project, and love the color. I have always wondered about using fabric as a backing on wood, so now I know what to do. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lynn said...

What a wonderful job you did! I love the color and I LOVE the fabric and roses on the side! I never think to decoupage with fabric and I have SO much of it. Thanks for the inspiration. Your home looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing your pretty workmanship. I really like it :)

Mrs. D said...

This is a wonderful project. It turned out beautiful and keeps everything so organized and convenient in the bathroom. Bravo!

Sherry said...

This is adorable! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!


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