How to Transform a Bookcase to a Cupboard / Como Transformar Un Librero En Un Armario


Introduction: How to Transform a Bookcase to a Cupboard / Como Transformar Un Librero En Un Armario

About: I love crafts and all related with recycling, and also know creative people.

Here is a simple tutorial for get a bookcase into a new life avoiding throw it into the trash... enjoy it...
reuse, reduce, recycle :)

Aqui dejo un tutorial con el cual se puede dar una vida nueva a un librero, evitando asi, tirarlo en la basura... disfrutalo
reusa, reduce, recicla :)

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Step 1: Waiting for an Evolution / Esperando Por La Evolucion

It looked like that... a bookcase not useful at home... but...

Se veia asi... un librero no util en casa... pero...

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Step 2: Doors / Puertas

the doors are made of pine wood with no treatment and with two windows with glass; each settled with hidden hinges, like those that are used in the kitchen cabinet doors. The doors are placed and then...

Las puertas estan hechas de madera de pino sin tratamiento con dos ventanas con vidrio; cada una colocadas con bisagras ocultas, como las que se usan en las puestas de los gabinetes de cocina. Las puertas estan colocadas y despues...

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Step 3: Paint! / Pintura!

Start to painting with vinilic paint, the quantity of it depends of the necessities, i used about 1lt. Don't forget to protect the floor and other things close with newspaper, in that way you will avoid paint more than the necesary.

Empieza a pintar con pintura vinilica, la cantidad depende de las necesidades, yo use aproximadamente 1lt. No olvides proteger el piso y otras cosas cerca con periodico, asi evitaras pintar mas de lo necesario.

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Step 4: More Paint! / Más Pintura!

Continue painting all the bookcase until you finish, then let it dry about 15 minutes. Give it a second hand for a better finished. You can try more colors combination playing with the forms of the bookcase.

Continue pintando todo el mueble hasta que termine, despues dejelo secar aproximadamente 15 minutos. Dale una segunda mano para un mejor acabado. Puede intentar con mas combinaciones de colores jugando con las formas del mueble.

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Step 5: The Transformation Is Almost Done / La Transformacion Esta Casi Hecha

Now the bookcase looks more like a cupboard where you can keep the groceries and other stuff like little tools or even craft tools and fabrics.

Ahora el librero se ve mas como un armario donde se puede guardar la despensa u otras cosas como herramientas pequeñas o incluso las herramientas para hacer manualidades y telas.

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Step 6: Finally the Curtains / Finalmente Las Cortinas

Like an option, you can sew or buy a pair of curtains with the length and width that agrees with the size of the doors windows. Then settled them behind the door. It helps to hide all the things inside of the cupboard.

Finally, you have now a totally new cupboard.


Como una opcion, puedes coser o comprar un par de cortinas con la longuitud y el ancho que concuerde con el tamaño de las ventanas de las puertas. Despues colocalas detras de la puerta. Estas ayudan a ocultar todas las cosas dentro del armario.

Finalmente tienes ahora un armario totalmente nuevo.

I want to thank my father, because without him, this project could not have been realised... you are so important for me.
Quiero agradecer a mi padre, por que sin el este proyecto no podria haberse realizado... eres muy importante para mi.

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    12 Discussions

    Very nice refurbishment! I was wondering, where did you get the doors? Did you buy them or make them yourself?

    My father and I built a custom wall-length bookcase for my apartment and after seeing this awesome faux stained glass idea of goosezilla's (, I've been wanting to make some doors or sliding panels for it.

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    hahaha, StoryAddict thanks for your comments, I've not learned japanese or swedish yet, ... and as I commented before, the doors were made by a carpenter, I took some ideas from internet and then I ask the carpenter for some adaptations to those ideas until the final result was this, of course with my singular touch. But I really would like to see some pictures of your bookcase!... the faux stained glass idea its really interesting... tell me where can I see your new bookcase?

    Unfortunately the only decent camera I've got is an older sony camcorder which I never actually figured out how to connect to my computer (me <-- lazy and forgetful), but I'll be sure to let you know whenever I get some good pics up. I do wish I'd gotten some pics taken while we were constructing it but it was kinda a rough day so tempers were running high (although its final construction and paint/stain job certainly made it worth it!).

    I love that this is bilingual. Now can you do Japanese and Swedish as well? Sugoi. (Just kidding...sorta...the Japanese would be cool though.)

    Where did you get the pre-made doors? I like the look but don't have the skills to make the doors myself

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    yes, the doors are made by a carpenter, I took from Internet some photos of the kinds of doors in furniture; I recommend you to look for in google images; then I consulted with the carpenter my ideas and between them he recommended me something like those doors. Thanks for your comment. :)

    Looks like a job well done, although I'm not sure why you'd have to throw it away if it didn't have doors, a curtain, and wasn't painted. I prefer no curtains, it gets a little doll house looking otherwise.

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    oh, thanks for your comment, it was going to throw it because I changed myself from a house to an apartment and tried it in my room, but now the space is much more small and I need furniture that occupies less space. :)