We have all seen cheap, assemble yourself-bookshelves, maybe we even have one in our home? I made mine over to look like a Ballard’s knockoff!
Here are the items you will need:
- 4 short legs of choice, plus plates
- Paint of choice (I LOVE Debi’s DIY 100% Natural Chalk and Clay Paint)
- Wax or top coat of choice
- Fabric of choice to go on back behind shelving
- Measuring tape
- Sharp Scissors and Box Cutter
- Spray Adhesive, and small rolling pin or something to smooth out fabric
I purchased this basic bookshelf at my local Goodwill store for $5.
I then purchased four bun feet from Home Depot for about $8 each.
To upgrade the bookshelf, turn it over and add the feet plates, they are easy to drill in and then screw in the legs. Both are usually found in the “Trim” department of your local Home Improvement Store.
While it was still upside down, I painted the entire piece in a neutral black.
When dry, I righted it and painted the entire piece in a 2nd coat. Skipping the back, (this is where the fabric will go). When 2nd coat was dry I waxed the entire piece with a (nameless) Dark Wax.
Update: Doing this product now, I would recommend Little Black Dress from DIY paint and Liquid Patina, also from DIY Paint.
Turn the bookshelf open side down, lay the fabric of choice on the back and cut around to fit. (or be more accurate in measuring, which I am not)
Turn bookshelf back over and spray back with good spray Adhesive (I like Elmer’s brand because I can move stuff around to fit before it sets). Use roller to smooth out fabric and make sure it adheres well.
If it is not an exact fit, go around edges with “Box Cutter” to “score” the fabric. Gently lift up and trim excess fabric, then repeat light spray and roll.
Add your shelf back in and you have your Ballards Knock off!
You can make over a Blah bookshelf to look like a Ballards knock off so easily. What’s stopping you! I have made over many bookshelves since I originally wrote this post. Check out some of my other favorites!
Because I know you can never get enough book shelf makeovers, here are some top pics you might want to check out!