Laminate Bookshelf Makeover: Pathetic To Pretty

I am not a fan of laminate furniture. At all. I grew up surrounded by it. So…while searching for a bookshelf for my girls’ bedroom, I came upon this ugly looking thing:

A sight for sore eyes.
The saving grace is that it was a great height and
width for my purposes.
I decided to make it work.
I am happily laid down $7.99 to the Salvation Army and went on my merry way convinced I could
salvage this pathetic piece.
With some sanding, painting and wax (as well as the
Casablanca stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils),
I was able to transform this ordinary laminate
bookshelf into something pretty darn cute:

The book shelf is Ana-approved!
Isn’t that what is most important after all?
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  1. very very cute
    only you could transform a laminate bookcase into something so fun and pretty!

  2. oh it looks adorable! great job as always, stacey!

  3. oh it looks adorable! great job as always, stacey!

  4. So sweet!

  5. That looks wonderful! I did this once with a walmart bookshelf and it certainly made a difference. I love the colors that you chose…I wish I had gone as bold. :) Megan

  6. Looks wonderful! So cute for a little girl’s room!

    Nice work!

    @ Creatively Living

  7. That turned out so cute!! I love that little monkey too. :) Great job!

  8. Carrie @ Hooked on Decorating

    Stacey, I love what you did with the bookshelf. Great job for taking it from very boring to fabulous! Your little daughter is too cute too! What a little sweetheart.

  9. Oh I love it!!!! Your daughter is adorable.

  10. Nice!!! It looks great. I want to do something similar to my books shelves. You are quite inspiring.

  11. I totally agree about laminate. I’ve had some very bad luck with it. You did a fantastic job jazzing that up.:)

  12. cute!

  13. Such a pretty transformation! :)
    I would love for you to share this with my “Unveil Your Genius” Link party!
    Happy Thursday!

  14. Very well done!

  15. A stunning transformation — the colors are so bright and cheery!

  16. Oh how sweet! Pretty transformation! Ana is adorable too!

  17. Oh how sweet! Pretty transformation! Ana is adorable too!

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