Thrifting Thursday: Bookshelf Makeover

Bookshelf Makeover


We brought this kind of rickety bookshelf home from one of our trips to the Poconos house. (Ignore the pink door behind it… that’s for something else!) Warren says a friend of his made it in college. I won’t go into how long ago THAT was. :)

When we first brought it home it was gray and I painted it white. But I still didn’t like it.


Bookshelf Makeover


So with an abrasive blade on an ancient saw we cut down some galvanized metal and turned it into this.


Bookshelf Makeover


And with a few of my vintage books I got this…


Bookshelf Makeover


The top has adult books and the bottom has children’s books as well as some games. I have another collection of vintage children’s toys somewhere else. I may end up putting those two together and have the whole shelf be vintage children’s toys, books and games. Hmmm, I like that idea!



Bookshelf Makeover


The vintage coat rack is where I hang my aprons, smocks and studio sweater.

You don’t know about the studio sweater?

I have a sweater designated for studio wear because I’m in the basement and it can get quite chilly down here sometimes.

My studio sweater has paint, ink, and thread all over it. There is glitter in the pockets, the metal buttons are all dented and scratched,  and it’s quite an ugly thing. The idea is to only wear it in the basement but you know, sometimes I end up walking out to check the mail in it.

Not that I typically care what the neighbors think but if I see a donation of clothes on my front steps I’ll know that someone saw the studio sweater and thought I needed new clothes!


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7 Responses to “Thrifting Thursday: Bookshelf Makeover”

  1. April 6, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Vicki- that came out great! I love how you added the metal to the back to stabilize it. We have some good finds from when we lived in Easton PA too…

    • April 6, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Eileen,

      Thanks! I love the way it looks too and yes, it is much more stable now.
      OH! I had forgotten you lived in that area. You probably wouldn’t recognize it now, it’s so built up!


  2. Maribel
    April 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    I love this idea! I am going to try this for my son’s room — perfect for a cool tween.

    • April 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Great idea Maribel! I worked on a TV show a while ago and we used the metal with the diamond pattern in it (can’t think of what it’s called now) for some shelving and even part of the headboard. It looked really cool!

  3. Betsy Rowan
    April 5, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Love the bookcase! I enjoy your posts. I’d you have a house in the Poconos do you live in PA? I also live in PA near Valley Forge.

    • April 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Betsy,

      Thanks! I appreciate the comment and the compliment! :)
      Our house is near East Stroudsburg (almost 2 hours north of Valley Forge)but we don’t live there full time. I actually live in NE Ohio.


    • April 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Betsy,

      Thanks for the comment and the compliment! :)
      Our house is near East Stroudsburg (about 2 hours north of Valley Forge) but we don’t live there full time. We actually live in NE Ohio.


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