How to Paint a Bookcase with Cottage Paint

Welcome to the first episode of “Real Life DIY”!:) I decided it might be kind of fun to do a little video mini series here on the blog. Being on video is not my favorite thing (I have a great blooper stash, though…), but I know I love watching video tutorials before I tackle a project that I haven’t done before. Hopefully these will encourage others to tackle some projects they want to finish, too.

The first project up was this rickety old bookcase that was my Mom’s.

bookcase before ps

Although it isn’t glamorous, I’ve found it to be the perfect sized piece of furniture for many places in the house. At one time it held all my cookbooks; another time it was a shoe shelf, and it even spent some time in my office holding paper supplies.

I decided to give it a little paint makeover using Cottage Paint brand chalk paint. I’ve been pondering it for years, and when I really got around to do it, it only took a few hours to finish! Isn’t that how projects go? The thinking about it is often more time consuming than just doing it.:)

I give all the details and supplies in the video below, but no tutorial is complete without an “after” picture, right? So, here it is:

how to chalk paint a bookcase with video tutorial

I do love how it turned out ~ despite the “surprise!” turn of events at the end.

Have you ever tried chalk paint on a project before? I realize it’s all the rage these days. Personally, I’m still weighing the options. My very least favorite part of the process is the waxing step. I really don’t enjoy that part…

I would love to know what projects you are tackling these days…or what projects you’d like to tackle. Is there something that you’d like to learn how to do? Let me know and maybe it can be on a future Real Life DIY episode!:)

how to paint a bookcase with Cottage Paint

For more DIY projects, check out the projects gallery where you’ll find lots of things like this wooden tray makeover:

tray after

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  1. Thanks for a good painting lesson. You made it look so do-able. I”m hunting for a bookcase
    that size for all my extra books.

  2. Wow, love it! I looked at the after photo and wondered how you got that wonderful crackle effect…love when an unexpected twist is a good thing!

  3. I’m new to your blog. I really enjoyed your tutorial and loved how your shelf turned out. I painted a smaller chair with black chalk paint. I was so pleased with the results that I’ve almost used up the whole bottle doing little projects here and there. I bought some white chalk paint also, but I’ve found it to be a bit trickier for a nice finish. I painted an old towel rack with pegs and hung it on my kitchen wall. I’m trying to decide what I’d like to do next with the white paint. Am I brave enough to do my rocking chair? LOL. I don’t care for the waxing step, either.

    Most of my recent projects have been free: rearrange some rooms; rip covers off some books and tie them in stacks with ribbon and garden twine; turn an old top into a shopping bag. I did spend $20 for canvas drop cloths to make a new pair of curtains in my living room. I’m looking forward to exploring more of your blog.

  4. Hi,
    Thanks for posting – love the colour your used to paint the bookshelf! What Cottage Paint colour was this?

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