Bookshelf Makeover: Final Chapter- Before/After

Part One is here
Part Two here
But let’s face it- you are here to see how it ended up, right?
After sanding, priming, painting, and staining all the shelves I tackled the main part of the shelf. You saw it coated in the the creamy white Valspar Churchill Hotel White spray paint in the last post.
Well, I liked the way the shelves turned out with the stain over paint look, I decided to try it on the entire piece. Luckily, after rubbing stain on the inside of the shelves I stopped.
NOT the look I was going for.
More time to wait….a day or so later, the stain was dry so I re-sanded (only lightly- laziness set in at this point) and spray painted over the finish.
The final result
So much better creamy white, don’t you think?
Did I mention Breadwinner helped me attach rope trip to the front face of the side panels? Just a little extra detail to spruce up the basic Ikea shelf. The original plan was to top the entire shelf with crown molding but 4 weeks into the refinishing project I just wanted all the books and decor off my floor!
I pared down the decor, too. Simple is better.
I’m slowly adding color back to the decor- more info on that coming…
In fact, in an effort to de-clutter the entire bookcase, I ended up with a completely empty shelf.
Any suggestions?
Are you loving the backer as much as I am?
Want to hear the back story on that? (No pun intended)
So here’s the deal. I knew I wanted to spruce up the bookcase and I was pretty confident color, trim, and beadboard would do the trick. Feeling adventuresome one day I measured the bookcase top to bottom, side to side- everything I needed- so I thought – and made it out by myself to the hardware store. Picked out my 4 ft x 8 ft sheet of beadboard, took it to the cutting dept and got 2 pieces cut to just the right dimensions. So proud of my little plan, I emptied the bookcase and moved it outside only to discover- the backing slides into 2 tall grooves on the backside of the bookcase. Yep, simply nailing it to the back of the bookcase wouldn’t work.
My beadboard was about 1/2 inch too wide. Determined NOT to have Breadwinner help (he always dreads my refinishing projects until he sees the finished product) I grabbed the hand saw and got to work sloppily chopping away at my not so cheap beadboard. Finally down to the appropriate size, I attempt to slide already painted and stained backer into the bookshelf grooves only to find- yep- measuring had me AGAIN! You know that whole prior proper planning…blah, blah…Well, I knew the beadboard was thicker than the original cardboard backer but didn’t pay too much attention. I should have- because it was too thick to fit. Uh huh- already cut, painted, and stained- and too thick to work. I sanded the edges for DAYS until Breadwinner finally realized what I was attempting and purchased my a simple $3 tool that basically grated away enough of the beadboard backer to slide into the bookshelf grooves in about 2 minutes.
After literally DAYS of grinding down the backer with my electric sander, a little grater thing I can’t remember the name of right now saved the day in 2 minutes. Are you kidding me?!
In the end- totally worth it.
worth the 4 weeks time, sanding, priming, painting, staining, re-sanding, re-painting, sanding, sanding, sanding, cutting, grating
and finally re-assembling.
 Worth every minute for this new little lovely!
Here’s one final look at the Before and After
What do you think?

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