{Thrifty Thursday} DIY Vintage Bookshelf

In preparation for a bookworm birthday party for her daughter (which will be shown in all its cuteness later this month), Rachel, a contributor for A Night Owl, updated this adorable vintage bookshelf and is sharing it with you all today!

photo credit: Flecky Fotography
photo credit: Flecky Fotography
We survived the bookworm party and now it’s time to start sharing the pictures and how to on our party related projects with you. First up to bat is a FABULOUS vintage book shelf that I thrifted some time ago for about $7. This bookshelf had so much charm but I knew I needed to make it a little more whimsy and not so dark and dated. 

I simply layered on glossy white spray paint in about 3-4 stages allowing for time to dry in between. On a past project I sprayed the paint on too thick and it started bubbling…so don’t make my mistake. This time I took my time on the application. I had intended to spray it with even more white glossy paint as well as tier three shades of green on the shelves but I think I like it just the way it turned out. 

I do recommend using a primer even though I didn’t because I found that the spraypaint will easily scratch off the bookshelf. It’s fine with me though because I think it adds to it’s vintage appeal.

photo credit: Flecky Fotography

What do you think of my renovation? 

Rachel of Harding Family Happenings is a contributor for A Night Owl.

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Rachel H
Hi, I’m Rachel! As far back as I can remember I have had a serious passion for making things look beautiful. True joy comes to me in creating a design that brings the sparkle out of an individual that they can let shine for all to see. I find most of my inspiration from my husband Ryan and our two children Reegan and Flecther. Join us at Harding Happenings for some serious entertainment via my family + design ideas and tips via me.
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  1. OMG – LOVE! I used to have one like this when I was little! Love your upcycle!

  2. Love it!
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  3. Incredible renovation. What a great bookcase and it looks like a great collection of books.
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  4. ADORABLE! I would love to do this in my son’s room!
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  5. The paint makes all the difference.I see this style all the time and now that I know it can look CUTE, I am snatching them all up!
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  6. Oh. I. Love. This. Bookshelf! It reminds me of one that was in my grandparent’s home. I’d love to find one like it to spruce up a bit!

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  7. It is adorable! I love the vintage look! Visiting from the Fantabulous Friday party. :)
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  8. What a great book shelf! Much better painted! Would love for you to come visit my Get Social Sunday link party and show off your awesome blog!
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  9. This is fantastic! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop. I love your blog and for sure will be visiting again soon.


  10. Great find. Love the curved sides. Paint makes it updated.

  11. Great job on the re-do! Thank you for linking up to our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!

  12. HI there! I like your book shelf! The spindles are the BEST part….

  13. What a great transformation! Looks wonderful. I’d love for you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow. It’s today through Sunday at http://www.houseontheway.com. Hope to see you there!

  14. I love it! The legs on that thing are awesome, and the wood was pretty before but it looks WAY better the way you painted it! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional :-)
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  15. Looks lovely! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

  16. Looks great – love the change!
    Would love if you came by to link it up to my party happening now!
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  17. Just beautiful! Such an amazing transformation! Looks like a great collection of books too :) I’d love for you to share with my readers if you get the chance – my party just opened tonight! http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/08/taking-timeout-thursday-no44.html
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  18. LOVE this transformation! Well done

  19. Love your finish. I need to be more patient when it comes to painting.

  20. Oh, it is just perfect! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from HOH. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  21. Aw, this turned out great! Love all the colorful books popping against the white shelf.

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!
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  22. Wow! What a fantastic job , looks great!
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