At Home With The Hinsons

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Decoupage Bookcase

Hi everyone, I hope you're have a good week!
We have been busy preparing to leave for vacation.
I know, I know, poor pitiful souls!
But really, cleaning, catching up on laundry and packing has kept us going.
Yesterday morning the boys' job was to clean out the Denali.
They worked together getting out the "stuff".
Then they each had an extra job to do to earn a little spending money.
James vacuumed with the Shop Vac and Joseph cleaned the leather and trim.

While they took a fun break to ride bikes, I took a few minutes for myself.
I really wanted to finish my bookcase before we leave on Friday.
I figured this was as good a time as any.
So, here it is...

Here we start with a very sad and unloved bookcase.
It actually belonged to my baby sister when she was little.
Like I said, it's long since past it's time!
Don't ya love how Maggie makes her way into pictures?
She's such a ham!

After sanding and wiping it down, Joseph applied a coat of KILZ primer.
I really should have used a dark primer, but I used what I already had.

Now we're starting to get somewhere!
Here's the bookcase after I painted it black.
I used a foam roller and latex paint for two coats.
My secret time saver?
I spray painted the hard to reach places with plain black spray paint!

The bookcase backing was looking very tired.
I decided to use a beautiful toile print to cover it.
Here's my 12 x 12 sheets of scrapbook paper.
I love using my heavy duty paper whacker to trim things down!

My next step is to apply a layer of Modge Podge.
I used a cheap foam brush for my project and tossed it afterwards.

Now I attached my paper to the board and smoothed it down.
I used two additional layers of Modge Podge to seal it.

I sat the backing outside for several hours to let it dry.
It actually spent several days in the garage waiting for me to finish it.
We'll just say that was extra drying time! ;>

Once I picked back up with the project yesterday, all I had left to do was attach the backing.
In my time away from my project I got new hair... You Like??

My sweet boys even helped me nail the backing in place.

Ok, so I won't be earning a living as a handy man.
It seams I had a few wayward nails.

after weeks of dreaming and days of work I now have a super girly bookcase for my office!
I'll update pics once I put it in place and accessorize it.
What do you think?!

And just for fun, here's an update from my last furniture project.
It sits in the corner of my office and holds all my educational info.

Don't you just love these chalkboard tags?
I use them everywhere, they are super fun!
I got them here on etsy.

This corner cabinet makes me smile every time I hand out info.
And really, that's what a home is all about, right?!
God's blessings on your day and thanks for visiting us here,
At Home With The HInsons. :D


Rachel McPhillips said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!!

Allikaye's Mama said...

What a great bookcase! I am impressed! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I love seeing new blogs - you've got a c-u-t-e family!! Have a great weekend!

Trudi said...

Wow that toile paper is the same as in my little try. Your bookcase looks great! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I agree, I need some color.

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