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Bookcase Makeover

before & after

It’s no secret that I love a challenge. Well… a furniture challenge anyway So when Wayfair Australia contacted me about doing a makeover for them I was pretty quick to agree. Wayfair is the largest online retailer of homewares in the US and rapidly growing in Australia. Want a sneak peak? Take a look at this mood board I made last night whilst the football was on… I’m still learning how to use Polyvore (yep, slow on the uptake) but how gorgeous is this stuff!!ideasThey have everything from the basic to the amazing… and when they suggested I chose something to makeover my first thought was to find something for Harry, given I’ve finally started working on doing up his room. Last week I shared the chest of drawers I’d completed, and when I saw this bookcase I thought it would be a perfect addition.


The bookcase came flat packed and I needed a drill and hammer to put it together. No problems. It was quick and easy… I stopped at the frame though, as it’s much easier to paint without the backboard on!

The thing I like about basic bookcases like this is that you can do anything you want to the backboard. You can use Modge Podge to adhere your favourite fabric to the back. You could wallpaper it. You could paint a design of some kind – my original plan was to paint either a pirate map or compass on the back. You can even leave the backing boards off. Anyway, I started with Annie Sloan Aubuson Blue on the outside. Because it sticks to everything I painted it straight on. LOVE.


I left some of the original colour showing; Harry’s bed is a very similar colour and I thought it would tie in nicely. I may paint the rest of it at some stage if I decide to paint the bed… Anyway, as for the back boards… well I started to paint them with ASCP Pure White, but had just rinsed off my brush. So it was way too watery… and this happened…

 back board

And I just love the effect. I had plans, but when I saw this I decided it was just right. I’ve been playing with things to sit on his shelves… at 2 Harry has already collected a load of ‘stuff’ but I’m still looking for the right KIND of stuff. I would love a big vintage painting of a ship. And a globe or two. And some vintage posters. In case you’re wondering, I don’t do baby boy rooms, I’m doing something he can grow into Here’s some of the bits and pieces I’ve found so far…

shelves 1

The clock above was one of the very few things I have that was my Dad’s. I don’t know anything about it’s origins, and it doesn’t even work, but I love it and I love that it’s something I can share with Harry.

shelves 2

And hubby’s favourite photo of the two of them together. It was over a year ago, but it’s a favourite, so in it goes. The cup was also my husbands… and he was urging me to clean it up a little, but I of course love it just the way it is. And as with every good project, as soon as I start doing something I have a little helper… and I just had to share…

shelves 3

So, a big thank you to Wayfair Australia for sending me this bookcase (I received this product to review, however no money was exchanged). They have some amazing pieces and shipping was super fast (after I made my choice it arrived in two days). You can also find them on Facebook.

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