Thrift Store Challenge – Bookcase

It is Thrift Store Challenge time!  Each month I join a group of super creative, fun, thrift store lovin’ ladies for this fun challenge, and each month these ladies rock it. So be sure to check out what they have found at the bottom of this post. You can check out all my past thrift store makeovers here and all my trash to treasure projects here.

If you are new here, the rules for the challenge are as follows – purchase something from a thrift shop, garage sale, etc. OR revamp/upcycle a piece(s) we already own that no longer works in our home, OR that we found at the curb waiting for the garbage trucks. 

My project this month is yet ANOTHER curbside find. My husband is always bringing me home treasures he finds on trash night in our neighborhood. Thanks, honey. His latest find was this solid wood bookcase. It was pretty beat up and had some water damage on one side, but was otherwise in decent shape, and was SOLID wood. I knew I could fix it up. Here is what I did…

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Materials Used for this Project…
Chalk Paint – White
Peel and Stick Decorative Paper in Beach Wood
Minwax Water Based Polycrylic

Step 1, Clean and Paint…

First I started by cleaning up the piece. It was dusty and needed a good wipe down. Then I painted it.

I used chalk paint that I mixed myself using this recipe that I found online, or can purchase chalk paint at many hardware stores and online.

1/3 cup plaster of Paris
1/3 cup water
mix these 2 ingredients together first
then add 1 cup of paint
and stir until smooth and mixed thoroughly.

For those who don’t know, chalk paint is awesome.  It allows you to paint most furniture without having to sand first.

Step 2, Apply Peel and Stick

I had this fun peel and stick paper that I bought from Amazon a while back that was waiting for the right project. This was it. To apply it I simply measured, cut, peeled off the back and stuck right to the back of the shelf. I was a little nervous about this step, but it was really VERY easy.

Step 3, Apply Top Coat…

I always use MinWax Polycrylic as my top coat. It is water based and dries fast. I used 2 coats on this piece.

Step 4, Styling…

I filled up my new bookcase using many of my other awesome thrift store finds, my newest find being this adorable antique car I scored for only $5.99!!! How cute is this thing?

Here is the final product. Cute, right???


Check out all my blogging buddies fun finds this month…

Emily from Le Cultivateur

Cindy from Cloches and Lavender

Danya from A Vintage Flare Farmhouse

Mariah from Worcester Run


  • Reply Emily November 23, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Jodi, this bookshelf turned out so cute!!! I absolutely love the wallpaper that you used! Brilliant!!!

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap November 23, 2020 at 9:51 am

    This bookcase turned out so well, Jodi. I love the addition of the paper to the back of it. It gives so much character and pizazz!

    • Reply Jodi House November 23, 2020 at 10:31 am

      Thanks, Tara. I have had this wallpaper for quite some time just waiting for the perfect project.

  • Reply Decorate & More with Tip November 23, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Jodi your thrift store find looks so pretty after you revamped it. Love the paper you placed in the back. Works perfect with your home’s decor. Great job styling the book case as well.

  • Reply Cindy November 23, 2020 at 11:28 am


    The paper you used for the back us beautiful! It adds so much to this piece.

    We never find pieces at the curb until recently. Both gems.


    • Reply Jodi House November 23, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks, Cindy! Isn’t it fun finding treasures?

  • Reply Danya November 23, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    It looks fabulous Jodi! Where so you get the plaster of Paris? I bet that saves a bunch mixing your own milk paint!

    • Reply Jodi House November 23, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      My friend gave me some but I think she got it at Home Depot.

  • Reply Mariah November 23, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Such a transformation and that little thrifted car is perfect!! You did an awesome job!

    • Reply Jodi House November 23, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Isn’t that adorable? Only $5.99! Can’t beat that!

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