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!
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
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)
-Masking or painter's tape
-Razor blade or Exacto blade
-Small panel nails (make sure they are deep enough to go through the moulding you choose!)
-A painter's mask or respirator
-A friend to help you!
Step 3: Step 3: Measure & cut
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.