Beef up a BookCase

Here’s a bad shot of a bookcase that I had for years in our basement family room . I bought it unfinished and put a white stain on it and later painted it black. I’ve been wanting to beef it up with molding for ages and finally got it done!

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When I took this picture I was in the process of painting the room so that’s why the furniture is all pushed together.

The original back was paper thin and I replaced it with beadboard that I stained. That alone was a big improvement.

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Next I added some trim and crown molding. Please ignore the nail holes that weren’t filled in. Smile

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  It’s so hard to get decent pictures in the basement.

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As you can see it holds mostly photos and not many books. It’s not the best arrangement of photos, but I’ll keep working on it!

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Beefing up a bookcase is fairly easy with the right tools and it sure makes a big impact. I didn’t go overboard on the molding, but I could have added more on the sides and bottom. I’m just happy to get this much done!

Now, a few questions for you……

How and where do you display family photos, do you display them only in non public rooms, like bedrooms?

Did you beefed up a bookcase? How?

 

Added to Met Monday at Between naps on the Porch.

The DIY Showoff

Debbie (((xx)))

Comments

  1. Wanda @ Just Vintage says:

    That looks great! And I'm so impressed you did it yourself! I have a problem figuring out what to do with family photos, too. A friend of mine will just scatter them throughout the house, like a picture on the kitchen counter, one on an end table, that kind of thing. I don't quite have her knack.

  2. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    It looks so good, Debra! Bookcases can be hard. I just worked with a client to do her bookcases. I was going to share it on my blog, but the changes are so subtle to me {although the client just loved the difference} that it didn't seem worth posting about. Let me know if you're interested in any suggestions! : )

    I have family pictures scattered throughout my house. I like to be able to see them when I'm in those rooms.

  3. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says:

    Wow, great job! One word says it all: GORGEOUS!
    Best,
    Gloria

  4. Sue says:

    A little bit of trim to beef up a piece of furniture is sometimes all it takes to transform a lackluster piece into one that says, "I look good now!" Nice job making your bookcase a show stopper.
    I use personal/family photos only in the rooms that are used primarily by me- the study and the bedroom. It's just what works for me and my decor. For me, I go for a more stylized look in the public "decorated" rooms and don't feel that the photos work there. I've used them in clients' homes, however. I think it's up to the individual. :-)
    ~ Sue

  5. Terry says:

    Hubby did a bookcase years ago that I love. Yours gave it so much more personality don't you think? I display family photos everywhere in my home. I live here so why not? If it was for sale I would take the down but it's not, so display away!

  6. Kathleen Ellis says:

    You did a great job "beefing" up, Debbie! Your bookcase looks sooooo much better! It reminded me that I have some bookcases that could benefit big time from a bit of "beefing" up!
    Thanks for sharing & inspiring!
    Have a beautiful week~
    ;-D Kathleen

  7. Annie says:

    I have family photos displayed in a hallway and in my bedroom, but not in the living room. Your bookcase makeover looks good!

  8. Dee says:

    Your bookcase looks like a high end piece now.

    Dee

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