Use Vibrant Color to Cleverly Remake a Bookcase

This easy painting hack transforms a bookcase into the perfect showplace for your collections.

Want to give your collectibles and favorite objects the star treatment they deserve? Spotlight them in a basic bookcase that you DIY into extraordinary with a pop of punchy paint in the aptly named shade of Hot! (Sherwin-Williams Hot SW 6843 that is.)

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Before

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

This bookcase has good bones and lots of handy compartments for highlighting your decor, so why not take it to the next level?

Materials Needed

  • paint roller
  • paint tray

Instructions

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Matt Huesmann

Outline around the shape of your bookcase with a pencil.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Use painter's tape to establish your bookcase outline, give a crisp line and establish your parameters for painting.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Use a roller to roll on your color.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

Your new backdrop is ready!

This hack is much easier than painting and affixing a backboard to a bookcase.

To decorate your newly colorful bookcase, use found objects for chic bookends. The geode and geometric trend is big so consider incorporating some of those design elements to bring your whole look up to date. And do like the designers do: place book spines away from you to give a cool, uniform look to your tomes.

Photo by: Matt Huesmann

Matt Huesmann

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