Old Bookcase Makeover! www.thetarragonahouse.com

Bookcase Makeover


Old bookcase makeover! www.thetarragonahouse.com

It’s been a while! I know I always say this, but the past couple of months have been a little wild. The SO and I took a trip to Puerto Rico and got engaged at the end of April 🙂 .


We had an amazing time in Puerto Rico!




And, I fell in love with the blue brick roads in San Juan <3.

We flew back on a Thursday, and the next morning I was in surgery for a hernia repair. I was back at work on Monday – and between all the events we’ve had going on, wedding planning, and recovery, there haven’t been any major projects going on in the Tarragona House.

We’ve finally got a couple of consecutive weekends back in town, and with my weight bearing restrictions lifted, I’ve got a new post for ya!

Even though it’s been almost a year since we’ve moved into this house, there are so many spaces that are unfinished and rooms that haven’t been decorated. This is mostly my fault, as I’m just picky about things. Yes, I would rather let the house look like crap until I can find that “perfect” piece to put in place.

There are a couple spaces/nooks downstairs that I’ve been debating whether to build in a bar vs put a bookcase. I decided to put a bookcase next to the couch, and happened to find this guy on Craigslist for only $30.

Old Bookcase Makeover www.thetarragonahouse.com

Unfortunately, it’s laminate and not solid wood, but I didn’t want to spend a whole lot on a piece that I wasn’t quite sure I’d want in the house 6 months from now. No matter, though! The great thing about chalk paint is that you can paint these laminate pieces without worrying much about the paint peeling.


The bookcase was a bit short for our high ceilings, so I added some height with scrap 2×4’s and added some crown and trim to spice it up a bit. And lots of spackle and caulk!


I gave the whole thing a few coats of my favorite Valspar Ultra White with my handy new paint sprayer (affiliate link).  After my Cricut Explore Air, this paint sprayer is one of my best project investments. It saved me so much time! Why didn’t I get one of these sooner?!

The back of the bookcase got a coat of Valspar Magnet Dapple <3.


I make my own chalk paint at home with calcium carbonate (affiliate link) and latex paint. The link above is to the product that I use, and have had much success with, but I’m sure most would work! This works for any latex color you want to use.

And yes, you can use chalk paint in the paint sprayer, but it needs to be watered down and strained to prevent clogs. The manual comes with a tool to help you figure out if your paint is thin enough.

You all know how crazy I am…the bookcase is going to get moved into the other nook once we move the security keypad :). I decided this space is better for a bar area!

I’m still working on staging it – but for now, I’m happy that these items that didn’t really have a place before, now have a home. The funny thing about that photo of my dad and me is that it’s only 1 of 2 photos that I have framed.

Yes, you read that right. I’ve been horribly lazy with going through my photos and finding nice ones to print!

That photo was given to me by one of our family friends who was at my college graduation. They basically forced me to walk, because I was adamant that I did not want to sit through a boring 4-hour graduation.

In the end, I was glad I went. Our dear friend told me after graduation that my dad was more than happy to sit through that long ceremony. Up in the stands, he had said to her, “I’m so proud…my first child is graduating from college.” My parents are Vietnamese immigrants who came to the US with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They’ve worked incredibly hard their entire lives to give my brothers and me the opportunities that they were never afforded.

I love that photo. It reminds me to be grateful for the wonderful life that I have and the amazing people and sacrifices that have made it possible.

And right now, I’m super grateful that the fiance didn’t kill me for bringing 5 new pieces of furniture home this last week. 🙂

Old Bookcase Makeover! www.thetarragonahouse.com

Til next time!



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