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Topic: Refinished bookcase - a long way from eight dollars!  (Read 1524 times)
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« on: September 03, 2012 03:20:10 PM »

I got this bookcase at the Salvation Army store for $8, and finally got around to crack-filling, sanding, scraping, priming, and painting it!  It now holds my television as well as some books and DVDs. 



The shelf was one of those plywood cabinets that you used to be able to buy to hold sets of Childcraft encyclopedia (there was a Childcraft logo burned into the kickboard).  It looked like it had been in a classroom for a long time.  It was covered in crayon and marker, and for some reason, a TON of tape... the kind that is so yellowed and brittle and no longer sticky, just good and STUCK. It took a lot of scraping and sanding to get the residue off.

I never think to take a before picture before my project is already underway, but here are a few I scraped together so you get the gist:



Sooooo much tape goo and crayons: 



For anyone interested in refinishing crappy old furniture like this, I recommend three things:

1) sanding well before and between every coat
2) priming with a high-quality primer and WAITING THE FULL SEVEN DAYS TO PAINT.  That is the worst part, but you will regret it if you don't, because your paint will be tacky until the end of time instead of nicely hardened.
3) using a gently FLECKED foam roller (usually at specialty paint stores).  A foam roller alone will give you air bubbles, but the feltiness of the flecked roller will give you a nice smooth finish.

Thanks for looking in!
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012 03:32:59 PM »

Looks fantastic, great save!
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012 04:15:55 PM »

I really love what you've done with it, and thank you for the refinishing advice--good to know! And that is one seriously awesome cat.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2012 12:56:41 AM »

Looks great, and thanks for the tips. I also really like your blue and green lamps, and your kitty Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012 10:03:55 AM »

Kitty? I thought that was a statue.  Just kidding, kitty is gorgeous.  Oh, and the shelf looks great too, lol.
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