In keeping with my plan to use what I have to decorate our new home, I chose an old bookcase as as my first project. To say it's nothing special is a bit of an understatement. It's a simple laminate that does it's job just fine. Whether it came with my husband as part of the marriage or whether we bought it later is something I just don't remember. I brought it up from the basement because I wanted a bookcase to hold books and movies for the kids next to the TV. My preference was to have an all black bookcase to match the TV stand and the other decor I plan on putting up as I go. And it would look great with my purple walls. Because I need to use what I have I figured I could try something I've never attempted before: spray painting.
I wish I had researched painting laminate furniture a little more before I began. Mostly I knew that there needed to be some prep work to get the paint to stick on properly. Being rather impatient to just get the project going (and wanting to finish several other projects before my baby is born) I decided I could get away with just buying the Krylon paint+primer spray and call it good. That choice ended up working out for me.
Another bit of necessary prep work was wiping the bookcase down and getting rid of this hardened glob of unidentified yuck.
After the glob was off I used sandpaper to lightly scuff up the cardboard back to prep it for the white paint.
The white paint was leftover from repainting the baseboards and trim in our house. It's a semi-gloss in the same color white that we have throughout most of the house. The price of "free" was just right. I also didn't bother to tape off the sides or paint primer behind the white. I should have put on primer. The sanding wasn't enough. You'll see. And, yes, I did paint the white onto the back while it was laying on my living room carpet. Nothing dripped. :) I did take the bookcase down to our unfinished basement before spraying.
Once the paint was dry I busted out the painter's tape and some grocery bags (can you guess which store is closest to my house?) to protect the white while I sprayed the black paint. It took the whole can to coat all the visible surfaces. There were a couple of places on the shelves that missed getting all the paint they needed. No pictures of the spraying process. Sorry. I did, however, take a picture of what happens after you take tape off a painted surface that wasn't properly primed:
Once everything was dry (after three sets of touch ups...grumble) I moved on the the next frontier of I've-never-tried-this-before. Several years ago I heard about using laundry starch to apply fabric to a wall without damaging it. I had a large quantity of gray mesh fabric with black velvet flocking leftover from a skirt I made at least ten years ago. It was begging to be used in a room with lavender walls. The whole reason I spent all the time and frustration using the white paint was to best show off the mesh fabric.
So here's the procedure for putting up the fabric. Cut the fabric to the desired size and/or shape. Get some fabric starch. I sent my husband to the laundry aisle at Walmart to pick it up. Pour a little bit into a bucket to soak the fabric.
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I think it goes well with the room and the fabric adds a fun element. Now I just need to wipe off the starch I dribbled. Total cost for this project came to about $7. That made me smile.