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Turn an old bookcase into something from Alice In Wonderland with chalky finish paint and decoupage!

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: Stuff You'll Need

Bookcase in need of a makeover

1" x 12" pine planks to repair the shelf and make a pediment

Masking tape

Paintbrush

Americana Decor Chalky Finish in your color scheme

*I used Everlasting, Romance, Innocence, Treasure & Carbon

Drill

Four 1" x 1" x 5" legs

8 "L" brackets

1" screws

Matte Americana Decoupage

Americana Decor Clear Crème Wax

Americana Decor Golden Brown Crème Wax

Butterfly and foliage printouts

Metallic Gold Paint Pen

Optional: Jigsaw, Wood glue, Sander, Metallic Gold Paint

Step 3: Here's How

1. Attach 1" x 12" pine board to the base of the bookcase if you need to

*my shelf did not have a base

2. Attach the four 1" x 1" x 5" legs to the base using "L" brackets and 1" screws

3. The repaired bookcase ready for paint

4. Paint the inside and sides of the bookcase in Everlasting (white)

5. Paint the very top of the bookcase and the base of the shelf in Treasure *refer to the beauty shots if you need to see exactly where I painted

6. Paint the face of each shelf in Romance red

7. Paint the base of each shelf in Innocence pink

8. & 9. Measure and draw stripes on each side of the bookcase

10. & 11. Tape and loosely paint the stripes in Carbon *no need to be perfect, we want this to look aged

12. Paint the legs black

Step 4: Here's How Part 2

13. & 14. If you have extra details on your bookcase, tape and paint Everlasting and Carbon stripes along the front

*I realize not all bookcases have this detail, but there might be a spot that you can incorporate this on yours

15. Measure, tape and paint Romance red strips on the back of the cabinet from top to bottom

16. 17. & 18. Trace, cut and sand a pediment from a piece of 1" x 12" pine wood HERE is a pattern for the pediment that I used

19. & 20. Paint Romance and Everlasting stripes on the pediment

21. Paint the ball on top of the pediment in metallic gold or black

22. With wood glue, attach the pediment to the top center of the bookcase

23. Paint the entire bookcase in Americana Decor Clear Crème Wax and let dry

24. Paint sections in the Americana Decor Golden Brown Crème Wax and wipe as you go to create an antique, aged look

Step 5: Here's How Part 3

25. 26. & 27. Print, cut and mist butterflies and foliage images to decoupage on the inside of the sides of the shelf

*Get the images HERE

28. Decoupage the images in place using Americana Decoupage Matte

29. & 30. Edge the pediment and the top of the bookcase with a metallic gold paint pen

Step 6: Images to Print for Decoupage

Download and print these images to decoupage on the inside of your shelf.

<p>That was a lot of hard work, but it really paid off! Love the colors, and the butterflies and flowers really adds that nice fantasy feel to that Alice in Wonderland shelf. The color palette plays very well with the red, black, white, and the light blue gives off that extra pop! Nice work!</p>
<p>That was a lot of hard work, but it really paid off! Love the colors, and the butterflies and flowers really adds that nice fantasy feel to that Alice in Wonderland shelf. The color palette plays very well with the red, black, white, and the light blue gives off that extra pop! Nice work!</p>
That is a great looking bookshelf! I'm working on one right now and I hope it turns out a nice as yours. Great project
Much appreciated ClenseYourPallet. Tedious but well worth it!
That hurts it's so pretty
Glad you like it FP!

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