Reclaimed Wood Becomes a Beautiful Shelf

When Rachel was finishing her attic, she had a dilemma:  what to do with the odd space adjacent to her narrow attic stairwell?  She decided that a set of shelves would create visual interest while maintaining the open feeling the small space needed, and blogged about the project at Maison de Pax.


The wood for these shelves was free.  In fact, it came from a pile of cedar boards that Rachel and her husband found in the attic before they started finishing it.  They designed the shelves and fit all the pieces together themselves before painting most of them bright white.  The top of the bookshelf they actually stained with Rustoleum’s Kona, giving it a very dark wood tone to contrast with the whites around it.  Don’t you love the way this turned out?


Visit Maison de Pax to get more details on this shelf made from reclaimed lumber.

Spool to a Stool Makeover

“I’ve waiting to get my hands on industrial wooden spool for a while and I never thought I was going to find one, says Loren at Pandora’s Craft Box.  “Until one day on my way to get my hubby at work and a saw it!”


Loren had just the idea for how she was going to use the spool.  After a lot of measuring and cutting, Loren and her husband had made dividers to fit in between the two ends of the spool to form bookshelves.  They added caster wheels to the bottom of the spool, and stained the wood a dark walnut brown.  The finishing touch was to upholster the top of the spool with a fun fabric.  What a perfect spot to enjoy a good book!


Visit Pandora’s Craft Box to find out how to make a spool bookshelf stool like this one.

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.

Wooden Spool Bookshelf and Stool

Lindsay blogs at Diary of a Crafty Lady.  A friend of hers was getting rid of this industrial spool, and Lindsay was quick to offer it a home.  She’d seen something in a magazine made out of one of these, and was anxious to experiment with it.

With the addition of some dowels and caster wheels, Lindsay created a rolling bookshelf for her family.  Making a cushion for the top allows it to pull double duty as a place to sit while Lindsay is supervising bed time and room cleaning chores.  What a fun addition to any child’s bedroom!

Learn more about how Lindsay gave an industrial spool a child-friendly makeover at Diary of a Crafty Lady.

Redoing a Bookshelf

A client brought Shanna of Restoration Redoux this Craigslist find and asked her to work a little magic on it.  It was dingy, dirty bookshelf that was in need of some TLC.

Shanna knew just how to fix it up.  Not only did she give it a fresh coat of paint, she dressed up the shelves with pretty, textured wallpaper in a bright shade of turquoise.  The combination of white and turquoise together is always a cheerful one, and that bright pop of color really makes this once dowdy bookshelf a real focal point.

You can learn more about the painting techniques Shanna used on this piece at Restoration Redoux.

Stacked Table Shelf

This little table was a gift of the secondhand sort from my grandma and grandpa that became one of my most recent Roadkill Rescues over at Infarrantly Creative. It had been in my grandparent’s home for decades (although with a tablecloth on it!), and they were ready to get rid of it. I really loved the geometric design on the sides but didn’t need a nightstand or end table anywhere in my home.


After some serious brain power, I came up with the idea of cutting the table in half to create a stacked shelf for my guest bedroom. I really love how I was able to preserve my favorite part of the shelf but make it work for my space.


Check out the detailed tutorial at Infarrantly Creative.

Stenciled Gray Bookcase

Brook from BeingBrook received this bookcase as a hand-me-down from her grandparents. It had a layer of old, peeling paint on top of stain, not to mention water damage on the bottom.


Brook gave the bookshelf new life with a couple coats of gray chalk paint and a stenciled design on the back panel. Like Brook, I so love the softness of the colors, and the stencil adds the perfect dose of personality.


Check it out at BeingBrook.

Children’s Storage Hutch

Catherine from Freddy & Petunia got a call from her niece about some trash treasures that were sitting curbside. From the stash Catherine nabbed two nightstands, one with French Provincial styling and one that was pretty boxy looking. They were both in rough shape and missing parts, but, of course, that didn’t interfere with Catherine’s plans for them.

Curbside Nightstand

Catherine chopped off the tops with her circular saw and used reclaimed parts to build hutches on the tops. She worked on these simultaneously, making both a girl and boy version. I am just drooling over their fabulousness.

Boy's Storage Hutch

Girl's Storage Hutch

See the transformation at Freddy & Petunia.