Garage Sale Bookshelf Makeover; Frugal, Flowery, Fabulous

I found this bookshelf for $5 at a garage sale (the same day I won a radio contest, and a blog giveaway… should have bought a lottery ticket). I think it is actually a media CD/DVD shelf, and it is the perfect size for this narrow hallway wall. I didn’t have a plan, but I knew beauty was in the near future for this five dollar find.

I cleaned it with soap and water, then spray painted with Krylon Fusion Cocoa Brown Shimmer textured paint. Since I used Fusion, I didn’t have to sand or prime. Sweet. I chose this color so it would coordinate with this side table I posted previously.
I removed the shelves, cut scrapbook paper to size and adhered it to the shelves using matte gel medium, smoothing out the air bubbles with a brayer. To finish, I applied polycrylic to the shelves to seal the paper and waterproof. That is it. Simple, cute, under $10 and 1 hour of my time. Score. Spray paint and scrapbook paper have changed the way I decorate vastly!
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  1. Hi Johnnie, thanks for stopping by earlier and following… i've been your follower for quite some time now…:))

  2. Shelli @ Style Ingenuity says:

    Thank you for following my blog! Stopping by to read your blog and to follow you back!

    – Shelli :)

  3. Khrys { Mom of 3 Dolls } says:

    Thank you for stopping by Johnnie! I'm your newest follower. I love your crafty idea. I wish I was crafty just enough to be a room mother for my DD's class ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    I love it! Great job! New follower ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Sinful Southern Sweets says:

    Great ideas!! I'm a new follower. Looking to more of your frugal creations!

  6. I'm a full-time mummy says:

    Hi Johnnie!

    Thanks for the follow! I've returned the favor! Looking forward to seeing you back in my blog sometime!

    Btw, love that bookshelf! It looks so chic and artsy!

  7. Love your blog Johnnie! That bookcase is fab. Look forward to reading more of your do-overs. Thanks for the follow. Monique xx

  8. Seams Inspired says:

    Love the bookshelf! Stopping by from TTT. Happy Tuesday! :o) Larri at Seams Inspired

  9. Hi! I am a new blogger and am following you via TTT and hope you will follow me back. I enjoyed browsing your blog – the bookcase looks great.

  10. Reluctant Writer says:


    Cute bookcase. Im your newest follower from the blog hop. I hope you have a great Tuesday.

  11. Hi Johnnie, Thank you for following Mommy Spirit. I'm happily returning the follow. I just love what you did with this plain old $5 bookshelf. I admire anyone who has this kind of creativity and shows this while recycling too! Nice to meet you.

  12. The bookshelf turned out really cute! I love your other ideas too… like your updated table and chairs!

    I'm a new follower from To the Top Tuesdays.

  13. That looks sooo good. Love the paper you chose for the shelves!!! I'm your latest follower…thanks for visiting Jeremiah 29:11!!! Hope the rest of your week is blessed…Deb

  14. Hi,
    Following you back- thanks for following me! Your blog is great- I love your bookshelf- great idea!

  15. stopping in from TTA! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for stopping by Kensington Cottage!

  16. Love your bookshelf! Thanks for visiting my blog today. Following you back!

  17. I LOVE this!!!

  18. Thank you for stopping by my blog for the Tuesday following.

    I love your creativity with your new shelves! It looks awesome!

    I am following you back!

  19. Jess and the boys says:

    CUTE shelf!! :)

    Thanks for the follow! I'm following back!

    And Then There Were 4…

  20. It looks really good!

    I'm your newest follower from to the top tuesday.

  21. Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews says:

    I like that…very 70's in a good way!

    I found your blog from Follow me Back Tuesday. Have a great day!

  22. This is ADORABLE!!!!!!!! You rawk! Thanks for stopping by Peaceful Divas. I LOVE this!

  23. I've always wanted to do something like this (reusing furniture) but my husband is adamant of only buying new things. Drives me crazy sometimes…
    I really liked what you did with your garage find!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you back. Will keep coming back to check up on your garage finds!!

    From PDX with Love


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