Little Painted Bookcase


Posted by Rebecca, May 21st, 2012

Finally, a project I can show you, just not the wide angle photos πŸ™‚ Remember that bookcase we ordered from Target a couple of weeks ago (the Carson 2-shelf bookcase)? I told you I planned to paint the back of it green, like so…

Yes I know, I am an excellent Photoshopper. I’m working on it πŸ˜‰ Anyway, the bookcase arrived and it took us a while to get to the back of it, so it sat in the baby’s room like this…

I didn’t put anything on it but a fan to keep me cool while working in there because I knew it would all eventually have to be removed anyway.

The problem was that the almost cardboard-like back was absorbing the paint. The first coat of green we put on literally disappeared. Mike ended up having to use 2 coats of the Valspar high performance, low-VOC primer that we used on the unfinished wood boards on the paneled wall. After those 2 coats of primer, we were able use the same Olympic zero VOC paint we used for the closetΒ (Lettuce Alone B68-3)… but we still did about 2-3 coats of that to get to the level of green we wanted.

Needless to say, between on our other projects and whatnot going on, this whole multiple coat process took us a while. Finally on Friday, we were able to attach the back to the bookcase!

It turned out so adorable and I wasted no time filling her up!

The top shelf holds, well, books.

And the bottom shelf holds a basket full of toys.

If only I could keep the toy collection limited to what fits in this basket. It’s already exceeded the basket and takes up a drawer in the closet, as well as an additional storage bin of older aged toys in our spare bedroom. When we realized that we haven’t even bought our child a single toy, nor did we register for any, we realized we need to start working on that playroom ASAP! Mike literally started working on the new office again yesterday so that we can have the old office for baby gear storage. Clutter is my arch nemesis.

The top shelf of the bookcase holds our adult books and that fabulous fan.

I love this fan because it’s 100% metal, even the switch to turn it on and off. It’s the Hunter Classic Table FanΒ from Target.

Next up is to come up with a gallery wall design to hang over this little bookcase. Off to Michael’s now to search for one part of it so hopefully I can get an idea of an arrangement today!

ps- Yes, still pregnant. 41 weeks tomorrow.

pps- Sorry if you tried to visit on Friday or Saturday and the site was down. Apparently there was a server upgrade we weren’t aware of that took to fix.

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15 Responses to “Little Painted Bookcase”

  1. Ainhoa says:

    It looks great! And that fan is adorable, I love it.

  2. Debbie says:

    The bookcase looks great with the painted back! I love the green that you used.
    I’m glad you posted the metal fan because I hate plastic ones – ours have a tendency to get knocked off the dresser (thanks to our cats) and they break so easily. The current one is being propped up by a book because part of the foot broke off and I don’t want to buy another plastic one just to have it break!

  3. Love the pop of color! Too cute!

    Can’t believe baby isn’t here yet! Will you be induced if he/she doesn’t come soon?

  4. Tawny says:

    Awww you have the sweet giraffe I keep seeing everywhere! Love the bookcase. I can’t wait to see this room complete. I am sure baby will be arriving soon.

    Also I am buying that fan. Love it!

  5. This turned out so cute! I love how you styled it, too!

  6. How are you still pregnant??? πŸ˜‰

    The book case turned out lovely.

    So when is this kid going to make an appearance? I need to know if it’s a boy or girl. Only because I hate secrets.

  7. Oooo I like that fan!

    And the bookcase looks very nice. you couldddd always put some polka dots on the bookcase back wall now too…I mean, it’s not like you guys have a lot going on or anything!

  8. Looks great! We have that same “bookend,” the sophie giraffe. Trust me when I say that you’re going to get a lot of use out of that thing in a few months!!

  9. Krista says:

    Those curtains are going to be great! Do you already have them/the fabric? Mind sharing the source? They’re just what I’m looking for for my daughter’s room.
    Cute and functional room…just please burn the cruel and unusual punishment for babies, oh, I mean Babywise book.

    • Rebecca says:

      Curtains are up! They’re made out of premier prints zig zag fabric in white/blue twill. I got my fabric from

      Babywise, and all of the other books, were gifts. I haven’t had a chance to read anything other than the first half of The Happiest Baby on the Block!

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