Trashy Tuesday Dumpster Bookshelf Makeover 

Junk bookshelf makeover before after redouxinteriors

Happy Trashy Tuesday!  I have been hanging out in the Dumpsters again, but my dirty ways are paying off.

Do you remember a few months back I got this bookshelf, My Junk Network tipped me off that it was waiting for me behind Target. 

behind target found bookshelf redouxinteriors

This is the sad state it was in.  Not too bad, compared to a lot of the JUNK I find!

I patched up the side.  Then added panels made from the bottoms of drawers to the side!  I painted them with Chalkboard paint, then used Gorilla Wood Glue to secure them to the sides.  

Found behind target broken bookshelf turned command center during redouxinteriors

Once the Dumped Bookshelf was patched up, I turned my attention to the beauty phase.  Time for my favorite CeCe Caldwell’s paints.  I base painted the entire piece in Vermont Slate.  Once this was dry, I went over the outside with one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Silverhill Fog.  This is a beautiful translucent Grey color.  Unlike most of CeCe Caldwell’s paints, which are highly pigmented, Silvherhill Fog is lightly pigmented to give an ethereal, translucent look.

I left the inside of the bookshelf in Vermont Slate.  I love the contrast of the Greys on my Dumpster Found Bookshelf!


Silverhill Fog and Vermont slate bookshelf makeover redouxinteriors

Some new jewelry for the doors, and I have a brand new Bookshelf for my daughter’s room.  Because this was a Dumpster Bookshelf Makeover, it cost me nothing!

Silverhill fog vermont slate and chalkboard bookshelf redouxinteriors

Hope you have a totally Trashy week.  If you enjoyed this Furniture Makeover using leftover parts, check out what I did with this Bookshelf turned rolling cart!  

If you would love to learn how to makeover your own junk, and you live in the SF Bay Area, or will be visiting, come to one of my workshops with my partner at Oui Redoux in Livermore, CA!  You can check us out and sign up for a workshop! 






  1. Kirsten

    Those turned out great!
    I especially love the way your painting techniques make even the cheapest of “woods” look of higher quality!

    • GTC

      Thanks Kirsten! How is the Estate Sale business going? Any new work on the blog?

      • Kirsten

        Yes!!!! Check it out

  2. ColleenB. ~ Texas

    That turned out Beautifully

  3. Christine

    This is so incredible…love the color choice ..PINNING! Christine from Little Brags

    • GTC

      Thanks so much for the pin Christine!

  4. Paula Driesell

    Love it! I love finding trash and turning it in to something great. Awesome job!


  5. Lori

    LOVE IT!



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