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Roadside Find: Bookshelf Makeover using Stencils and Spray Paint by Karla Baker Holley

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Roadside Find: Bookshelf Makeover using Stencils and Spray Paint

by Karla Holley (Small Town Rambler)

“It’s no longer just a bookshelf in a corner.” – my daughter said as I was painting this old bookshelf. My husband found this bookshelf sitting by a dumpster on the UVA campus many years ago and it has since sat in the corner of his music room storing his books. It certainly has served it’s purpose and the price was right, but I wanted to brighten it up a bit.

Recently, a representative from StencilsLab contacted me, asking if I would give their stencils a try. The most difficult part of this project was deciding on a stencil to use, because they have so many beautiful stencils to choose from. I settled on a chevron pattern because I thought it was a fun pattern and I could use different colors to paint with. 

“It’s no longer just a bookshelf in a corner.” – my daughter said as I was painting this old bookshelf. My husband found this bookshelf sitting by a dumpster on the UVA campus many years ago and it has since sat in the corner of his music room storing his books. It certainly has served it’s purpose and the price was right, but I wanted to brighten it up a bit.

Recently, a representative from StencilsLab contacted me, asking if I would give their stencils a try. The most difficult part of this project was deciding on a stencil to use, because they have so many beautiful stencils to choose from. I settled on a chevron pattern because I thought it was a fun pattern and I could use different colors to paint with.

A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.

I know most people use a brush or sponge to apply paint with a stencil, but I had these spray paint colors left over from other projects and I though they would look great together. I know that there’s more of a risk of drips and splatters using spray paint with a stencil, but I wanted to use what I had and give it a try to test out the stencil.

RustOleum Spray Paints

Paint Colors: Warm Yellow (Painter’s Touch 2X) | Orange Gloss Protective Enamel | Ocean Mist (Painter’s Touch 2X | Flat Primer (Painter’s Touch 2X) | Not Shown: Painter’s Touch 2X white semi-gloss (used inside of bookshelf)

I covered the bookshelf first with a flat primer because it is a press board material and I wanted the surface to be ready for applying paint. The spray paint I used is a primer and paint in one, but with this type of surface, it was best to be on the safe side.

A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.

After covering with primer, I sprayed the orange paint over the outside of the bookshelves and the outer edges. Thankfully for Frog Tape, I was able to cover the orange edges and spray the inside of the bookshelf in white paint. I wanted the stencil colors to stand out on the inside and provide some contrast with the orange on the outside.

A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.Chevron wall stencil from StencilsLab

The stencil is large and covers a good size area…unlike the smaller ones you see in the craft stores. The stencil also has an adhesive on the other side, so the stencil would hold nicely if you are painting a wall. I didn’t need it to stick necessarily for this project, but the stencil was heavy enough that it was weighted down…so I really had better paint lines than I expected since I used spray paint!A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.IMG_1003

I pressed the nozzle of the paint can using quick sprays and holding up close…much like you would with street graffiti. Well, I’m guessing. I’ve never done that or anything. haha

I waited a few hours before moving the stencil and placing it again for the next area I had to paint. I just used aluminum foil to cover the sides while I spray painted the back of the bookcase.

A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.

The paint went on beautifully and I only had to touch-up a few spots. I LOVE these colors together!

A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.

I don’t think this bookshelf will be hidden away in a corner anymore. I love how it turned out and it was such a fun project to complete!

A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.

You can see all the colors from the stencil a little better without the decorations, but what’s the point of an empty bookshelf?A bookshelf salvaged from a dumpster gets a makeover with StecilsLab stencils and RustOleum spray paint.

This is such a fun piece and I think my daughter has her eye on it now. This project cost me very little, especially since we didn’t have to pay for the bookshelf and the stencil. The only paints I had to purchase new were the orange paint and the white semi-gloss for the inside, spending around $12.

Thanks so much to StencilsLab for allowing me to try out your chevron stencil! It definitely has two thumbs up from me and I plan on using it soon on another project!

 


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