Skip to Content

Modern Shelf Makeover

modern shelf makeover
Hey, hey!! I’m excited to share my first chalk paint project with you guys today!
I’ve been wanting to try chalk paint for ages. I mean, being able to paint any surface with little to no prep? That is right up this lazy girl’s alley!
I have so many things I want to paint. I decided to start simple with this solid wood, homemade bookcase.
I am loving the sleek modern look it has now!
Let me show you how I did it…

bookcase makeover
The bookcase was originally a hutch that my dad built ages ago to sit on top of a dresser. We decided to repurpose it for a new use as a stand alone bookcase. The hubs added a piece of wood underneath and framed out the front. He caulked all of the edges. I gave it a slight sanding just to smooth everything out and wiped it down with a damp cloth.
I ordered Blue Minerals Chalk Paint Powder on GroopDealz awhile back. I love using a powder like this instead of a pre-made chalk paint because I can create any color I want! And this stuff goes a long way. I only used a small amount to make enough paint to cover 3 coats on these shelves.
I think because I was using white paint to cover a dark stain it took 3 coats. I did not “antique” or “age” the paint. I also did not add any wax (I’ve heard wax shows fingerprints pretty badly and this is going in child’s room). I really just wanted to the bright white look.
After the paint dried, I cut gift wrap from Home Goods to fit the back of the shelves. I glued the paper on with Mod Podge.
modern bookcase makeover
The gift wrap is fun and modern and incorporates perfectly into my little boy’s room.
In fact, he refers to the ikat design as leopard spots!
I filled the shelves with his collection of dinosaur books, puzzles, animals, and bank.
dinsosaur bookcase
I set the ROAR letters from my son’s dinosaur birthday party on top of the shelves.
dinosaur kids room
The clipboard wall art hangs over the shelves and my son’s dinosaur coloring pages.
It’s a fun new area for my little guy to play and the shelf will be perfect in his room as he grows!


Tatertots & Jello, Serenity Now, and other great parties found on my party page.



This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

T'onna Peters

Sunday 24th of August 2014

Great makeover! I love that paper!

Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes}

Thursday 21st of August 2014

This is so cute Michele!! I haven't tried out the chalk powder yet - I'm excited to hear that it works so well! And those ROAR letters are just the cutest. :)

Sara @ Mom Endeavors

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Adorable!!!! I love this so much!


Wednesday 20th of August 2014

very cute! my son's bedroom is dinosaur themed, and i have been looking for a dinosaur piggy bank for him. can you tell me where you bought yours?


Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Aww, bummer. Thanks anyway! I'll have to try amazon.

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe}

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you so much! We lucked out on the dinosaur bank. My mother found it at a consignment sale. It does have a web address under the belly for, but I can’t find the bank on their website. I searched for in on Amazon; no such luck, but they did have several other dinosaur banks to choose from. Maybe one of those would work for you?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.