Trash to Treasure – Bookshelves

Here is yet ANOTHER trash to treasure project for ya. Are you getting sick of these or do you like to see what I come up with? Let me know! I think this one is pretty good. 🙂

What did I find this time???

One of my neighbors moved and left a few things at the curb for the garbage trucks (or for someone like me to take). I grabbed these 2 bookshelves, and a cool end table that you’ll probably see on this blog soon.

These shelves were in decent condition. They needed some sprucing up though and I intended to do just that. Here is what I did. Just FYI….I only took a picture of ONE of these bookshelves, but I had two.


Materials Used for this Project…

Furniture Paint
Paint Rollers
Paint Brushes
This Peel and Stick Wallpaper

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Step 1, Clean…

I always start my projects by giving them a good cleaning and dusting. These shelves didn’t have any significant scratches on them and were in decent shape, but definitely needed a good cleaning.

Step 2, Paint…

I planned to paint them white so headed to Lowes to get a quart of my favorite furniture/cabinet paint. Unfortunately they were out of stock. Luckily, Home Depot is nearby so I headed there instead. The nice paint guy told me about this Cabinet Rescue paint, so I gave it a try. I am really happy with it. Bonus, it was cheaper than the stuff I usually buy at Lowes.

Half way thru painting I unscrewed the back piece. It was easier to paint without it, and I decided to apply wallpaper, or do something fun with them anyway.

These shelves took A LOT of paint. I think I put on about 4 coats before they were fully covered.

Step 3, Apply Peel and Stick Wallpaper…

While the paint was drying I went ahead and applied this fun wallpaper to the back piece. I found this amazing wallpaper on Amazon, and LOVE it. Isn’t it puurty?

I ended up taping the 2 pieces of the backing together. They were previously held together by a plastic bracket, which left a bump in between the pieces. I took that off and tapped it instead. Then, I proceeded to use the peel and stick wallpaper. I needed 2 rolls to complete the project, and had some left over. Of course my cat had to get in on the action, laying directly on my project as I was trying to work. Silly cat.

I find the easiest way to apply the peel and stick wallpaper is to peel off a small amount of the backing, smooth it down on your wood, use a tool to get rid of any bubbles, and repeat. Going slowly down the piece until you get to the bottom.

Once the paint was dry, I screwed the wallpapered pieces back on to the shelves, and that was that.

This project wasn’t to hard at all. It just took a little elbow grease, time, paint and wallpaper and viola….don’t they look so much better? Hopefully these sell ASAP on Facebook Marketplace.


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  • Reply maxine March 11, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Very nice re-do. The wall paper is especially pretty, it really livens up the book shelves.

    • Reply Jodi House March 11, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you so much! I love the wallpaper too.

  • Reply Debby March 12, 2022 at 8:43 am

    The book shelves look great. You have inspired me to paint my dark book case.

    • Reply Jodi House March 12, 2022 at 10:12 am

      Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Reply Lynn Fischer Dale Fischer May 1, 2022 at 8:24 am

    We also have a small bookcase that we are about to trash, but now………I see a trip to Lowe’s/Home Depot in the very near future. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply Jodi House May 1, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      Oh nice! Glad I could inspire you. Good luck!

  • Reply MARIA May 1, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    What is the name/brand of the wallpaper? I would like to buy some.

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