Thrifted Bookshelf Makeover

The return of sunshine and warm temperatures means a lot of good things.

One of them is the opportunity to paint.  I picked up this little bookshelf at my local thrift store for $5.

It spent the winter in the garage holding shoes.  This week I went after it with a can of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint.

It’s a nice creamy white.  I chose not to distress it after painting.

One of the things I liked about the shelf was it’s open construction.  With no sides or back it seems to use less space.  I also like the character of the posts.  Another interesting thing about it is the angled top shelf.  It was clearly an easel or music stand at one point.

The good thing about this is that it can’t catch a bunch of clutter on the top shelf.  The down side is that I have this plain piece of wood on top:

I think it might be fun to add a monogram.

Regardless, I’m happy to have it now holding the books that have been stacked on the floor in my bedroom.  I added a few pieces of my collection of vintage silver.  It’s nice to get them out of the cupboard.

I’m curious.  Would you add a monogram or leave it as is?  Any ideas?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Hopeful Homemaker Linked to The Inspired Room , Transformation Thursday and Remodelaholic


  • I love the makeover….very interesting how the top slants…. P.s I would be tempted to add a number or a letter to the top.
    Thanks for sharing

  • awesome!
    I think I need all the ‘catchall’ surfaces of my house to be slanted like that! 🙂
    I would add a vinyl of a bird or some cool saying maybe?

  • Great makeover! Amazing what a can of paint can accomplish, isn’t it? The accessorizing is well done and I definitely agree to add a little something to the top & monograms are hot right now, so go for it. You can stencil something on or check out inexpensive wall decals that just rub on & will come off when you want a change. ETSY has lots of options – search for wall decals…
    visiting from Inspired Room

  • I think a monogram would look great…but what…I don’t know! Great job, isn’t painting stuff fun?

  • I wonder if it was a “standing desk”? I like the monogram idea, or how about an open book if it won’t slide off. You might be able to add a thin strip of molding for that purpose. But I love it!

  • Debbie

    You might consider putting a ledge along the bottom to keep things from sliding off. Then you can display a pretty book or a scrapbook on the top.

  • I love what you did, I have a shelf similar to this that I am planning a makeover on and it is so nice to see how good your looks! I would love for you to stop by and join my party!

    (oh and I think the monogram is a great idea!)

  • I love the new look and think a monogram would be perfect.

  • Kimosabe

    I would add a piece of trim to the front edge of the top shelf to hold an open book in place. Make it a pretty one and add an artful pen or bookmark,

  • Beautiful! I love the color on your walls too-and the little chippy chair. Looks great! I like the trim piece idea-I think it’s fine as is, simple and clean.

  • Michele

    I would add a little strip of molding so it has an edge, then put an open book, magazine or folder of sheet music on it.

  • Jackie

    if you laid a piece of thin molding across the top edge of the slanted top shelf (to prevent things from slipping off) you could lay framed pictures up there or a pretty coffee table book.

  • Elaine

    I vote with Jackie and Michelle. Add a small strip of wood to the front edge of the top and use the surface for display. I’d probably keep a rotation of framed art that I love and never have enough space to display. Nice job!

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