- Home Furnishings
Shelving - How to Renovate Old into New
From Old to New
"One man's trash is another man's treasure"
It's true that sometimes the furniture others leave at the side of the road can be turned into just the right piece for your home. The neat thing is you end up with a unique piece that stands out for way less $'s than you would pay at a retro or "antique" store.
Recently we were looking for a narrow "something" for our dinning area to hold cook books and other paraphernalia that was cluttering up counter space in the kitchen, as well as provide additional space when we have guests for drinks/deserts etc.
We fell in love with a blue Mexican bureau but the "reduced" price tag of $800+ didn't suit my budget.
A couple of days later I spotted a book shelf, in almost the same colour with a "free" sign. I loaded it up and voila, with a spot of paint, some trim and a few hours of labour we have a fashionably retro piece that fits our space perfectly.
Here's how we made an old book shelf into something useful and attractive.
Step by Step from Start to Finish
Measure and select trim for the unit. Have the local wood yard professionally cut to size.
Wash the entire piece, dry and then lightly sand using a circular motion.
Wash and Sand the Unit
Prime and paint the trim and shelving unit.
When the paint is dry on both unit and trim apply quality wood glue
and hold in place.
Prime and Paint the Unit and Trim
Once trim is glued in pace, sparingly use tacks to secure.
Filling and Finishing
Mix polyfiller and fill any gaps between trim. With older units, warping is probable and will need to be filled. In our case one of the pre-cuts was a little short. Once filled - usually the filler dries within 30 minutes, sand off excess.
Paint over polyfiller and tack heads when applying a light second coat or create a antique or textured effect to the whole unit.
Once completely dry, situate and dress. Adding baskets can also be a practical addition for storage of loose or non stackable items and to keep the shelves tidy.