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Have an old particle board book shelf that you just want to throw away? DON'T! Take that old boring bookshelf and make it into a piece of furniture to be proud of!

Step 1: Step 1: Choose your piece to renovate!

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Select a piece that is simple and without any decorative parts already. The simpler the piece the easier it will be to renovate. In this case I have a book shelf made from particle board with an ugly faux-woodgrain paper veneer on it. I've had it for years and decided to make it beautiful instead of trash!

Step 2: Step 2: Measure & materials

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First you will need to measure the piece and make a quick sketch with the measurements on it. Remember to bring this sketch with you when you go to the store!
Next you will need to collect your materials. This is the fun part because you get to decide the color and/or theme to go with. If you don't already have a tool go to your nearest hardware store and get the following things:

-Wooden moulding (should be located somewhere in the building materials)
-Spray paint (if you want to be better to the environment and yourself try getting a low VOC paint)
-Pencil
-Masking or painter's tape
-Tape measure
-Ruler
-Razor blade or Exacto blade
-Sandpaper
-Gorilla Glue
-Hacksaw
-Hammer
-Small panel nails (make sure they are deep enough to go through the moulding you choose!)
-Safety glasses
-A painter's mask or respirator
-A friend to help you!

Step 3: Step 3: Measure & cut

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Measure out the moulding pieces and use the hacksaw to cut them to size. This is when you will need help from that friend you enlisted. After cutting the pieces use the sandpaper to soften up the edges of the wood. The sandpaper is easier to handle when used with a hard backing such as a deck of cards. Be sure to hold the pieces to the frame to make sure they fit properly. I like to lay out the pieces to have a good idea of what it will look like in the end.
 
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DID YOU NEED TO SAND BOOKSHELF FOR PAINT TO STICK OR JUST SPRAY ON PARTICLE BOARD?
iOskr2 years ago
Good design and super results....
I would add an optional step for lining the ground with newspaper, to avoid over spray on the ground, if necessary.
Crucio4 years ago
Looks absolutely fantastic.  I really like the choice of colors!
emjay5 years ago
One would argue that your old shelf was a work of art and gallery worthy due to it having a Philadelphia Eagles bumper sticker on it. GO EAGLES! And good work! How's the paint and texture holding up so far?
BethanyAnna (author)  emjay5 years ago
Thanks emjay! I was concerned about the paint not adhering to the surface of the shelf, but it seems to be holding up really well. I used 2 different brands and they both worked great. As for losing the sticker, I made up for it by painting my kitchen really green!