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Hanging Bookshelf Upcycle

March 21, 2014

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Hanging Bookshelf Upcycle
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That famous saying is true—“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Or in this case, “one person’s garage sale junk, is a crafty person’s treasure.”

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Vintage
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Lace
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Relic
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Distressed Harlequin
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sponge brush
  • Painter's tape


I found this hanging bookshelf that was a bit scuffed up, but still sturdy at a garage sale, and paid the whopping price of $3 for it. I knew I could give it new fabulous life and turn it into a fabulous piece of home décor art, while still being a functional hanging bookshelf for our guest bedroom.

Instruction #1 - Hanging bookshelf Upcycle DIY before and after
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I knew that the new Americana® DÉCOR™ Chalky Finish Paints, sold exclusively at Home Depot, were the perfect solution for my upcycle project. I wanted to brighten up the dark shelf, so I started with a base color of the light blue/green/gray Vintage color. No priming needed. I simply painted straight onto my surface using a large sponge brush. I applied two coats for full coverage, letting the first coat dry 2 hours before applying the next.

Instruction #2 - Painting with Americana Decor chalk paint
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Then to add some ‘shabby chic’ vintage flair, I used stencils to decorate the sides of the deep boxed shelf. I painted on a cool diamond pattern on the outer sides using the Distressed Harlequin stencil using painter’s tape to secure the stencil, and using a cosmetic sponge to apply the off-white creamy Lace color Chalky Finish paint.

Instruction #3 - Using Americana stencils with chalk paint
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And I added a couple extra decorative details on the front of my shelf with the deep gray Relic color Chalky Finish paint and the Vintage Keys stencil.

Instruction #4 - Stenciling with chalk paint
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After my stenciling was complete, I wanted to add an extra layer of subtle color to complete my distressed vintage look. I used the Crème Wax in both clear and Golden Brown to achieve this.


Instruction #5 - Americana Decor Creme Wax technique
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Using soft lint-free cloths, I first applied a coat of the clear Crème Wax, and then while it was still wet, I applied a light uneven coat of the Golden Brown Crème Wax. I buffed and wiped off the brown color until I got the desired distressed effect.

I love how it turned out, and it is the perfect addition to our guest bedroom.

Instruction #6 - Upcycled Bookshelf with Chalk Paint
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The Chalky Finish paint is so versatile. I can’t wait to use on my next crafty DIY project!


Instruction #7 - Chalky Finish Paint and Stenciled Upcycled Hanging Bookshelf
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