How to makeover your bookcase

Our Home and Garden Director shares his tips on how you can turn a basic white bookcase into a beautiful craft station.

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How to makeover your bookcase
Photography by Ryan Brook
For a larger image of the bookcase click here.

1. Add trim
Nothing elevates flat-pack furniture like fancy moulding. Flanked by prefab crown moulding corners, a strip of decorative trim provides an elegant architectural flourish.

Alexandria Moulding primed pine outside crown corners, $12 each.
Oak ogee/crown, $4 (per eight feet), homedepot.ca.
Cloud White OC-130 paint (on trim), benjaminmoore.ca.

2. Paper the rear panel
Here’s a worthy fate for those wallpaper remnants you’ve been hanging on to. Use double-sided tape to attach the wallpaper to the bookcase’s fibreboard panel, and reinforce each edge with clear packing tape to prevent tears when sliding the panel into place.

Graham & Brown Monsoon Collection Isabelle wallpaper in Blue, $60 per roll, homedepot.ca.

3. Illuminate
You don’t need to be an electrician to install these under-shelf puck lights, which plug into any conventional wall socket. What’s more, they’re a low-heat-emitting LED design, which is safer than conventional bulbs in an enclosed space.

Inreda LED spotlights, $50 (pack of four).
Ansluta power supply cord, $8; ikea.ca.

4. Display your DIY
A craft station should do more than house your DIY supplies; it should also serve as a showcase for a few of your favourite one-of-a-kind creations. This framed ombré art is actually a grid of leftover paint chips, arranged in a gorgeous gradation of colour and pasted onto a panel of watercolour paper.

Virserum frame, $13, ikea.ca.

5. Get crafty with storage

Here, a paper towel holder is repurposed as a dispenser for ribbon and twine, and gold-spray-painted canning jars serve as catchalls for everything from glue gun sticks to paintbrushes. Keep less attractive tools out of sight in labelled, lidded boxes.

Umbra Teardrop paper towel holder, $20, kitchenstuffplus.com.
Kassett Dark Pink magazine files, $6 (pack of two).
Lidded storage boxes, $5 (pack of two small),$9 (pack of two large); ikea.ca.

Love the bookcase? Then try making over your vanity table.
                                               
This story was originally titled "Upmarket Makeover" in the February 2014 issue.
           
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