This bookshelf was an unexpected Facebook Marketplace find this summer.
Our daughter (Mchalie) collects and styles dolls, so she was looking for something to display quite a few of them.
The bookshelf was a bit larger than I expected (even though I received measurements), but since I spent time giving the bookshelf a makeover, it’s staying for a while.
First, I took a couple of BEFORE pictures. It looked great, but I wanted to add some color to our house (mostly wood interior).
Next, I requested some help for some very light sanding.
The exact sander I purchased isn’t available, but this one by Black & Decker has fantastic reviews on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3diJ9mQ
Next, I wiped off the dust with a damp rag before adding the primer.
I use Zinsser primer for most projects. You can find the primer here: https://amzn.to/2Wr288W
I bought a brush set at the local store, but since that time I’ve found a brush that I love for projects. You can find that paint brush here: https://amzn.to/2tCWC70
Finally, after a day of waiting, I was able to use the new Fusion Mineral Paint.
I had to travel to buy the paint at an adorable store (that has since closed) to find a distributor, but this paint is amazing!
In projects I’ve done since the bookshelf, I ordered the fusion mineral paint from Amazon.
I used the color Little Lamb on the bookshelf. You can find it here: https://amzn.to/2UrAJ47
This paint goes a very long way.
I decided to buy the brand name paint brush, because I have done so many projects where my brush is so bad that it ends up ruining the project. A bad, cheap paint brush just isn’t worth the savings.
Since, I wanted to be able to wipe it down easily, I bought the Clear Tough Coat, too. They suggested the sponge-like applicators for the clear coat that I purchased as well. I wasn’t really a fan of the application for the clear coat. I had to be very careful not to drip. It gives a nice light sheen, but on future projects I used a brush and polyurethane for sealing. Polyurethane is a bit more glossy, so don’t use this if you are looking for a matte look.
The first clear coat went on really well, but as I mentioned putting it on with the sponge applicator was tricky.
I forgot to take a picture of the final after, but here is the bookshelf in my daughter’s room today. It’s definitely large enough for her to display a portion of her collection.
I was lucky enough to find another great Facebook Marketplace find.
I had enough paint left to do the top of a table as well. I followed the same process: light sanding (you don’t have to do this step), clean, prime, paint and seal. The clear coat does seem to help with cleaning.
This table was a FaceBook Marketplace find as well.
I had so many projects going on, that I never took final pictures after the clear coat dried, but the final result is similar.
I did two coats of the fusion mineral paint on both the bookshelf and the table.
For future painting projects, I am going to continue using fusion mineral paint.
Since I did this bookshelf, you can see other projects I’ve done with fusion mineral paint here:
Fusion Mineral Paint for the Win: https://royalechristine.com/2020/02/11/fusion-mineral-paint-for-the-win/
Small Dresser Makeover: https://royalechristine.com/2020/02/09/small-dresser-makeover/
Bathroom Vanity Makeover: https://royalechristine.com/2019/09/16/3-step-bathroom-vanity-makeover-diy-no-sanding/
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