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Painting a laminate bookshelf

I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving. I spent mine alternating with battles of sickness and energy to get things done!

If you follow me on facebook you know I was able to paint a bunch of furniture pieces I had sitting around. This actually wasn't one of them because this piece has been sitting in my garage (finished) forever, I was just waiting on the knobs I ordered from Hobby Lobby.

Once I got them, we dragged the piece into my house and I spruced it up a little for Christmas!

You would never know this started out as a laminate piece. A little chalk paint in Paris Grey gave it a whole new look.

Many people always ask me what tools I use to paint on the chalk paint. It really depends on whether I feel like rolling or brushing it on, but on this particular piece,  I chose to brush it on. Purdy Paintbrushes are my favorite, and the people from Purdy were kind enough to send me some of their new brushes to try. 

I used the 1 in. brush to get in all the small corners and the 2.5 in. on the overall piece.

Using good quality brushes can make the job go faster. Annie Sloan chalk Paint goes on so smoothly with these brushes and clean up is as easy as soap and water!
This was a custom job for a client and I talked her into the black back at the last minute. I think it gave the piece such a nice pop.
Of course I couldn't resist staging it with Christmas things! Oh how I wish I had bookcases in my own house.

I enjoyed using my white dinnerware and sprucing it up with some simple glitter ornaments. It's an easy, cheap way for instant Christmas decorations!
Here's the Before Meets After!
I don't dare ask if you've already started decorating for Christmas. I think I know the answer :) Get your projects ready, because some of my blog friends and I are hosting a Christmas link party and you won't want to miss out!  

18 Comments - Add a Comment:

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

Wow, I wasn't sure about laminate pieces, but chalk paint must be more of a miracle worker than I thought! Looks great!


Maury @ Life on Mars said...

It looks great! I love the new look.

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Lisa!! What a fun piece! Chalk paint rocks for laminate and you hit this one out of the park... your client will be over the moon. :)
Hope you're feeling better ~
xo Heidi

srpprcrftr said...

So good to know about the chalk paint on laminate. Love that bookcase, like the style, little different with some storage in drawers. The gray makes it so nice and soft looking. What fun to decorate it with your fun stuff. Glad I found your blog recently, love your projects. Where do you find time to do so much?
Wish I had someplace I could put a piece like that.
Happy Week

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a great idea to paint the back black! It makes all the contents really stand out. I will be looking at laminate furniture in a whole different way now! Hope you are feeling better now!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

You are so right on that pop of color!! And I'm loving the Christmas styling ... I worked on my mantel this weekend. :)

Littlest Sweet Pea said...

Do you have to do anything specialto paint laminate? I recently painted a laminate computer desk and within a week, some of the paint started chipping off! Thanks for sharing.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a difference! it looks amazing and looks like much higher quality now!

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

That looks so much better. I have some laminate shelves I would love to paint but haven't figured out the right approach yet. I personally don't like chalk paint so I worry about chipping paint.

michele said...

so simple yet dramatic! bravo.

hope you'll have a moment to stop by, and i'm hosting a giveaway as well today:

peace to you.


Rachel O. said...

Painting laminate?! You are my inspiration. I need to tackle something like this. I also want a pretty white bookcase like that, so it's perfect. I should probably get started on that...

The Smiths said...

Does chalk paint look shiny if you use the wax on top? I have a desk that I'd like to paint just the drawer fronts on and would live to use chalk paint but not sure how it would look with the rest of the desk painted with latex already?

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

No, it doesn't really have a shiny finish. The great thing about wax is that you can buff it, so you could buff it more and it would have more of a sheen, but it's definitely not shiny. It will have a definite difference in finish from the latex, but it's not a shiny finish. You could put poly on top of the chalk paint and that would give it more of a shiny finish. Good luck :)

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