Black Bookcase Makeover

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Way back when I was a little girl, okay probably more like a bratty middle schooler but that’s another story, I begged my parents for an unfinished bookcase that I wanted my dad to stain using a pickling effect.
They finally gave in and got me this cool bookcase.
For years the bookcase was the natural pickled white.
Then Matt and I got married and my awesome dad made us a entertainment center that was painted black.

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It was obvious the bookcase needed a makeover so it to got a nice coat of black paint and a few coats of poly so it would match the other big pieces in the room.

While I still love the black bookcase the items in it changed when we moved into our current home.
This bookcase is much more about Matt than me.
I figured it was only fair, my touch and taste is on EVERYTHING else in the house the very least I could do was give him this bookcase (and his office, I know right totally spoiled).  
The items on display seemed be sucked into the blackness of the bookcase, which was not my intention at all.
I wanted them to be displayed, that was the entire purpose of this bookcase after all.

It was clear to me we were in need of yet another bookcase makeover.

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Being the brilliant person I am I removed everything, carefully taped off the inside of the case and painted it what I thought was going to be a nice soft complimenting blue.

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The bookcase itself looked fabulous!
That was until I put all of the items back on display and it was MORE than obvious to me that my bookcase had gone from a sophisticated display case
to looking like I had stolen a bookcase from a 10 year old boys room.

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So sad.

Things got pretty busy around the house so I just left the bookcase to sit for a few weeks until I could figure out what in the world I was going to do.
I didn’t have anymore black paint and I was not about to go buy any.

So the bookcase just sat … and then I saw an Instagram image posted by Pretty Handy Girl aka Brittany.

In that picture were the fabric covered foam inserts she had used in the back of her kitchen cabinets!

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I not only had extra muslin fabric laying around I also had big pieces of foam core and tape.
I followed her tutorial, you can find HERE, and inserted the fabric boards into the bookcase.

And guess what?  They were perfect!

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Not only did it add the softness I was looking for, but it’s not overly masculine or feminine.

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They are neutral and I love them.

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Best part, next time I get a wild hair I can just change them out and use the fabric for something else!

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And we still have a great place to display some of Matt’s favorite items, including a flag that honors the memory of his grandfather’s military service to his country.

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  1. Stephanie G. says

    I LOVE the way this turned out! It’s soft and sophisticated and doesn’t take away from the items being displayed. Great job!!

  2. says

    It looks great! I love the tan fabric up against the black paint. Makes a perfect backdrop for everything. My hutch was painted black (even the back) and it drove me crazy that so many things blended into the background. Great choice!
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