White Bookcase Breathes New Life!

I found a Diamond In The Rough!

It was a vintage bookcase with bad bleed-through! It cost $35 and included the wood shelves, door and some new, unused glass shelves. It needed a lot of love. The lady had misplaced the original hardware, so I will have to find some replacements.

What do you do when you have bleed-through of the stained wood or knot holes through the paint? You seal the whole piece with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic. This will stop any bleed-through to the surface of the new paint.  Whoever owned this before didn't know this. I continued on and painted the bookcase white with two more coats of latex.

Before photo. See the pink bleed-through?

I did toy with stripping the whole thing down first. I was really dragging my feet on this bookcase because of the work ahead of me. Just look at the mess with the door...

The paint would just peel off without any stripper. Needless to say, I still have a lot of work ahead of me on this door, however I was successful with the bookcase itself. The door will have to come at a later date.

But first, I knew this was going on carpet in our upstairs hall landing. Plus the base molding on the original piece was very large. So I sweet-talked Hubby into putting on an additional piece of molding. This did two things. It made the bookcase even more stable because the base became wider and it dressed the large plain original molding up a bit.
Added molding.
So here it is all decorated and in its new place, except for the door.

As viewed looking into the master bedroom.

One of my hatpin collections that I display in a teacup I covered. The rose I made out of ribbon.

The hat shade lamp is from Hobby Lobby. I added the tea cups by hanging with ribbon. Get it? A hat shade lamp with teacups and a teacup with hat pins!!

Another idea, if a person didn't want to use the door. The door could still be painted to match the bookcase and mirror added instead of the original glass. It could then be hung above the bookcase as wall art! The pieces would stay together and tell a different story! Just a thought.

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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  1. If you're painting the piece a light color or white, BIN shelac based primer does stop the bleeding. Its the only primer I use although its gotten very pricey. Cleanup is pretty easy too, I use clear ammonia mixed with water.

  2. What a pretty piece, Terry! I love how the molding you added makes it look more substantial, too. Nice size for that spot you have it in.

  3. I like it! I'd like to do a few more pieces like this but never seem to find them.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOS

  4. That turned out beautiful, Terry and it was a great idea to add extra molding to the bottom. I love all your "whites" inside it too!

  5. Very pretty....boy, I don't find anything near that when I go garage shopping...!!

  6. That is awesome. Love the teacup with the hat pins & the teacups hanging. Great job. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  7. Love this so much!


  8. Great job! I love the piece, and love that your husband added to it to make it even cuter and more stable. I think there are so many possibilities for the door too. It's so pretty.

    Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Terry, Following you from Homemaker On A Dime. This is so pretty! And I love the extra molding you added - it gives it that extra special-ness. I peeked at your other posts and if you ever do kids' rooms I'd love to have you showcase them on my new Tuesday's Nursery Hop. You have a wonderful site!

  10. Oh I just love your new bookcase! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

  11. Thank you for the tips on bleeding! I love Kilz primer, it does a great job. :) You created a sweet piece...love it!

    PS I have a $50 cash giveaway going on at my blog right now! Come by when you get a chance. :)

  12. Looks great! I love the added molding!

  13. The bookcase looks so pretty! You did a fabulous job.

  14. BEAUTIFUL! I'm working on a piece right now, and the addition of molding to the bottom would be so very PERFECT! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. terry that looks awesome! i love the shelves and fresh white!

  16. So, so pretty! I love that you have another piece to decorate with (the door) - love your idea to use that too!

  17. Your "Diamond in the Rough" came out fabulous! Looks like a lovely addition to your home:)!

  18. Terry - thanks so much for linking up to the Knick of Time Tuesday link party and special thanks for the tip on how to stop the bleed-through! I've dealt with a few of those nightmares and wish I would have known what to do!


  19. It looks great, Terry. Your husband did a great job adding the molding, and with the paint job, it's seamless. Love it.

  20. Terry, This is such a pretty piece and I like the added molding. Your ironstone collection is wonderful and looks beautiful displayed in the cabinet. Thank you for linking to the Open House party.

  21. Great save! The extra trim at the bottom sounds like a good idea. Very fun what you did with the lamp shade and tea cups and your teacup hat pin collection. I also love the lid collection on the wall. I've been collecting lids, now I need to figure out where to hang them.
    Happy Fall, Susanne.

  22. Such a beautiful makeover...love the added molding.


  23. I love this little display--makes me smile:)

  24. Just beautiful, love how you decorated around it too!
    Found you at Show and Tell Party!


  25. I love the addition of the extra trim on the bottom. Sure makes it look like a much more expensive piece. Good job. Can't wait to see it with the door.

  26. Great tutorial and adding that extra molding just makes it look so fabulous with the practical addition of stability. ~Pam

  27. Very nice piece, looks good without the door, but how cool will that be when the door is done?! I like your lids on the wall, too :)

  28. such a pretty piece and great makeover! you've added the perfect accessories too! delightful!



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