Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bookshelf makeover

One thing I've been wanting to do this past year is paint some bookshelves from my classroom. I was very lucky to have my dad make some bookshelves for my classroom a few years ago. At the time I wanted them red. I loved the bright color and they were a great addition to my classroom. Fast forward 6 years and I'm tired of seeing red! There were 4 big shelves to sand, paint, and paint some more...but I finished my first item on my summer to do list!

Here's the before...

and the after!

Black fits my color scheme better and I want to add "pops of color" with baskets. Now I won't be limited with my color choices. I'll be taking the bookshelves back to school this week. Now I'm on to my next project of organizing my monthly files!


  1. Love the bookshelf. I want to paint my tables this summer, just have to get motivated to do it!

  2. I brought 4 bookshelves home to paint. I, too, am painting them black, but some of them are in bad shape. I think I am going to have to strip off all of the old paint off of 2 of them before I can start.
    What kind of paint did you use? Did you seal it?

    Kelly @ I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. Kelly-

    I used Olympic One (paint and primer in one) from Lowe's. I didn't seal it but used 2 coats to completely cover the red. I gave the bookshelves a light sanding before painting too.

    WILD About First Grade!

  4. I have bookshelves to paint this summer too! Thanks for telling us what paint you used & how you did it. I haven't really taken on painting bookshelves before. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure