Vintage Bookcase With Legs




About: My name is Carolina Hunrichse, im an art teacher. I also make paper mache

Because I did not take pictures of the above steps, I drew what I did.

I had a vertical bookcase, which was awkward to use. So I decided to change it.

Step 1:

I disarmed the entire cabinet (which had made myself) and cut the shelves.

After i hid the screwheads, with the appropiate paste, y painted two coats of white, and two coats of turquoise paint.

Step 2: Refurbishing Legs!

This is the part that makes me feel more proud.

These legs belong to a desk that my aunt was going to bounce. I asked her to give me the legs for my next instructable It was her first desk

So, i sanded and add water to see how there going to be.

And also remove the extra parts.

Step 3: In My House

Then i took the sanded legs to my house, where i cut them in a 90 degrees angle. And cut it a little, because there where too long.

I gave three layers of lacquer

Step 4: Make a Template for the Dowels

I started making a square on a piece of cardboard, trace the legs, marked an X and did other marks where the dowels will be.

I use the template for the legs and the case.

Then drill the whole marks. (4 in each leg, and 4 in every corner of the base)

Step 5: Glue the Dowels

Put pva glue in the dowels, and the base of the case.

For the safety of my floor, i inserted some nails with plastic head, that i had for another proyect. Drill a smaller hole in the center of each leg.

I do not even remember where I found the plasticheaded nails

Step 6: And Thats All!

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    5 Discussions


    2 years ago

    So shiny! Did you lacquer the turquoise paint as well?



    3 years ago

    It definitely lacks rigidity. You'll need to add a rib underneath the case and at least one diagonal brace.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    yes I had thought, but will opt to locate books on the sides. And at the center, only ornaments, like my paper mache figurines or one of my illustrations framed.

    Thanks for your comment


    3 years ago

    This is a really beautiful project. You should definitely enter it in the furniture hacks contest. Thanks for sharing

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