Take a cheap Bookcase and turn it into an awesome rolling cart!

You probably have one of these in your home somewhere, or in your garage? And if not, there are plenty to found in your nearby thrift stores, or in my case, Dumpsters!

I think my favorite project to makeover is a Bookcase Makeover. There are so many options! I love putting wheels on them, framing them out with old wood and creating an entirely new piece of furniture as a rolling cart.

You can see some of favorite Bookshelf Upcycles Here.

This project is super easy to do in an afternoon. You will need a cheap bookcase. There are thrift stores brimming with them, and in my case, usually a Dumpster will give one up 😉

I got this pile of fence boards from my neighbor’s front yard for free! I heard the going rate for these now in my area is $1.00 per plank! Whoa!

You will want to measure the top of your bookcase and decide what boards you want to use. You can have a little overhang, or cut them to fit exactly. It’s easiest to do a dry fit, switching up the boards to see which will work best.

On this project, I used old picket fence boards I bought at land sale, I only have a few left now!

Measure the top front of the bookcase. You will want a nice board to go across the front. Be sure to measure the actual width of the board and the horizontal length of the bookcase. Divide the width of the board in half, and add that to the width of the bookcase. This will be the length of your front facing board. You will want it to hang off this much so you can add a board to each side, and have the cut edges covered with your front facing piece.

This process is so easy, I did a video to show you how! Click the link for a thorough how to. BONUS, I share how to create a waterproof finish for your wood using 100% Natural DIY Paint products, so watch all the way to the end!

Once you have your wood on, you can add some wheels! And paint it up. I painted this one with DIY Paint in Tarnished Pearl and used the super fun new Old Grey Patina. It is designed to make your project look like old wood. Once your project is finished, haul it into the house to take a picture. Call your dog so he can photo-bomb it right as you press CLICK.

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Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Patty Soriano

    awww, sweet puppy! Sweet bookcase, too, Karen!!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Patty! He is “mostly” sweet 🙂



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