When your co-worker from work is selling bookshelves for $20.00. Its hard to pass up on that little deal. Especially when they are old 1980’s bookshelves and in need of TLC. I am so up for a challange. I do try to find an easy DIY solution to all my furniture needs. Its fun and rewarding all at the same time. This is what they looked like before:
Its a mixture of laminate and real wood. It even has the stamp that is was “made in Canada” on the back. Sometimes you can’t beat the quality of older furniture.
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I have to admit this project has been ongoing since last September. Oh my gosh that is nearly a YEAR! I really have a hard time making decisions.
I first took the shelves out and took off the cabinet doors.
- Sanded the cabinets with 128 grit sandpaper
- Primed the cabinets with my favourite Zinsser Beye 123 primer.
- Painted 2 to 3 coats of the Behr Alkyd Semi-gloss enamel. My favourite paint when painting furniture.
I had a couple of holes at the side of the cabinet. I also decided to purchase new hardware, so the door handles were not going to be in the same spot. I filled in the holes with a product called Dry Dex Sparkling. It goes on pink colour and turns white when it has completely dried. It took about a day to completely dry and then sanded and painted some more. My ideas was to make the cabinets look like built ins as much as possible.
We did the same for the cabinet doors as well.
With a small trip to Winners and using some frames and photos around the house I was able to create some amazing storage for my office.
And on the other side of the door
I love the extra storage. I can keep all my camera gear in there.
One of my favourite places to find things is Etsy or even websites like Etsy. There are so many creative people around the world. I found these prints on Etsy from Pink Arrow Design. I downloaded them and printed them off at Walmart.
The yellow one makes it a little more bright and cheery.
I keep all my Project Life cards handy. They have so many other uses then just scrap-booking.
We had an amazing time this summer with family for a couple of weeks. We took a tour around Toronto. It was amazing. I was able to capture this picture while we were on a boat trip around the Toronto Islands. What a beautiful city. And we live soo close.
I am slowly getting things done for my new office. A little out of order I know.
The list of to do:
- Fix some of the cupboards (over time some drawers broke and came off their track!) and finish painting them.
- Purchase new cupboard door knobs
- Give the walls a new fresh coat of paint
- Find a hide-a-way storage for printer and paper shredder
- Find bookcases to refinish
- Find a way to demolish paper clutter. (wouldn’t that be nice!)