I recently moved into a tiny apartment, and it's been really hard for me to find furniture that fits into my compact space. it's a basement unit with low ceilings, so I was having a lot of trouble finding a bookcase that would fit, and be able to make it up and down the narrow, twisty stairs. Because of this, I had budgeted between $50-$60 to spend on getting a shelf that would fit, but I got lucky, the old worn out bookshelf from my own childhood bedroom was short enough to fit in my new place, and my parents wanted to get rid of it anyways. So, I decided to spend my new furniture budget, on making my old Home Depot bookcase into something unique.
Materials I used:
- 1 quart "Tardis Blue" trim paint. I chose CIL realife trim and door, medium base, in 'Saphire' (Purchased at Canadian Tire)
- 1 can black spray paint
- 1 can white spray paint
- Masking tape
- Parchment Paper
- Mini paint roller/tray
- Small brushes
NOTE: I would not recommend using spray paint for this project! If I were to repeat I would instead use a tester can of trim paint in both black and white for the "POLICE BOX" along the top!
Step 1: Tardis Bookshelf Project Step-1
1- Lay out a piece of parchment paper, be sure to leave lots of space to work with, it's okay if this piece is way larger than the stencil you intend to make.
2- Cover the parchment with strips of masking tape, cover a large enough portion to draw out your stencil, again, this piece can be MUCH larger than your finished product.
3- Draw out your letters. I freehanded mine, using a ruler and a pencil, but parchment paper is pretty see through. Even with the masking tape on top, if you hold it against a window or use a light table you could just as easily trace the letters from a computer printout.
NOTE ON THIS STEP!
If I were doing this project again I would certainly NOT try painting the top part with spray paint, which could omit this step all together. Ideally, I would just paint the top portion of the bookcase black, and create/buy the lettering made out of adhesive vinyl. Failing that, using acrylic or latex paint would likely do a much better job than the crappy spray paint I tried to use.
Step 2: Tardis Bookshelf Project Step-2
I had to work in my back yard so I used black garbage bags as drop cloths. It works fairly well, as long as it's not too windy, and it makes cleanup a lot easier because you already have bags handy.
I think I ended up doing three coats on the top side of the shelves, and two on the bottom. It looked fine after two, I was just a bit nit-picky about roller marks.
Step 3: Tardis Bookshelf Project Step-3
At this point I took my white spray paint and coated the crown moulding along the top, to later block off for the lettering. This was a HUGE mistake. I should have used similar trim paint to the rest of the shelf, or even just acrylic. The spray paint (Krylon multi surface in semi gloss white) spewed out everywhere, dripped all down the sides of the shelf and left an awful transparent finish on the top of my shelf. Not to mention that it had coated both my hands nearly to the elbow, and it did a better job on my skin than it did on the wood.
I had my first coffee break, bought some vinyl gloves then set back to work.
I had intended to paint the six pane windows on the sides, but after seeing the finish left by the spray paint I scratched the idea and opted just to do the part along the top. A few more coats of spray paint and it was the white colour I wanted, though there were drips all over my poor shelf.
Step 4: Tardis Bookshelf Project Step-4
I used my tape and parchment letters, lined them up along the crown moulding at the top then sprayed the area black. Again this is not the best method, though I suspect it would work better with better quality spray paint. I wouldn't use spray paint at all for this project if I were doing it again, but my experience with the stuff is minimal. I would probably get a little tester can of black trim paint, paint the area then use vinyl letters, or carefully hand paint the letters on top.
Step 5: Tardis Bookshelf Project Step-5
The letters didn't turn out great, the black paint had soaked through in spots, and the lines weren't very clean like I had hoped they would be. A fine paint brush and a bit of white acrylic fixed the problem, but by then it was more than obvious that I'd made the wrong choice on how to do the top of the shelf.
I let the paint dry for a while, then did one last coat of the blue, just to be sure everything was nice and even.
Step 6: Tardis Bookshelf Project - Complete
Thanks for looking, and good luck with all your projects!