Cabinet & Bookshelf Makeover on a Budget

Cabinet & Bookshelf Makeover on a Budget

I’m the type of person that’s constantly changing things up, especially in the decor department. Adding, taking away, repurposing…you never know what’s going to change when you come over next. It’s a creative release that carries over from my novel-writing. Most of the time I like the change, and sometimes it takes me a while to figure out exactly what else is needed to finish it off to my liking. Take this bookshelf and amoire that I turned into additional kitchen storage. While I love the way the bookshelf turned out, I’m not so happy with the storage cabinet and will probably tweak it a little more once my tendonitis stops flaring up. 

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This is what I started with, at one time it was an oak bookshelf that I painted black and then changed it again.

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Nothing too fancy about it, but I still liked the lines of it.Cabinet and bookshelf001

And here we have our basic amoire/storage cabinet that I changed up the doors on so I could have more interior storage. They used to slide inside the cabinet, but that didn’t work for me.

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It too once had an oak finish that I painted black and decided it needed a color overhaul.

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Huge difference with the chalk paint color, it now stands out instead of blending into the background with all the other dark colors. 

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And the bookshelves? I’m really loving them again.

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I added an additional finish to this chalk paint project by using dark wax, and it turned out great.

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And you see that lovely little graphic addition to the top shelf? 
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I think it adds to the details of it and gives it the vintage look that I was going for…and the bonus? I printed it from The Graphics Fairy’s website! And the overall cost of this project? Under $20!

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Now while the storage cabinet looks fine in the living room, I’m thinking of adding the same dark wax finish over the chalk paint, along with a vintage graphic…as soon as my arm decides to cooperate. 

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Pinning the wilderness of my imagination, one Pin at a time. I love hiking, camping, watching my boys fish, and taking long walks with my yellow labs, Taylor and Mandi. I enjoy cooking when the mood hits, and not only have I published novels, but I'm the master of redesigning just about anything. I’m the DIY author who has made Idaho her home for 27 years, and I can't wait to spend another 27 years here.

Lisa Wiedmeier

Pinning the wilderness of my imagination, one Pin at a time. I love hiking, camping, watching my boys fish, and taking long walks with my yellow labs, Taylor and Mandi. I enjoy cooking when the mood hits, and not only have I published novels, but I'm the master of redesigning just about anything. I’m the DIY author who has made Idaho her home for 28 years, and I can't wait to spend another 28 years here.

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