Fancy Carved Bookshelf Makeover

Over at That Thing I Made, Joanna picked up this worn out bookshelf for $20.  It was pretty hard to see past the ugly stained finish and particle board backing, but Joanna has a good imagination.

That Thing I Made bookshelf after That Thing I Made bookshelf before

A fresh coat of white paint and some vintage bookpages backing the shelves transformed this once ugly piece into quite a show stopper!  Getting rid of the wood grain really simplifies this piece so that the carved details don’t have so much competition.  I think the white paint allows those details to be the focal point, instead of the distracting stained wood.  It’s a lovely makeover that created a very useful space for Joanna to organize the supplies she uses to make all natural products.

That Thing I Made bookshelf after

You can learn more about how Joanna gave this bookshelf a new life at That Thing I Made.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring my shelf! <3

  2. That’s beautiful piece of furniture! Love all the details.

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  5. what a beatiful make over. What kind of paint did you use?

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