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Pine bookshelf revamp

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Pine bookshelf revamp

We have had these pine bookshelves for over 20 yrs and I thought they could do with an update, so I sanded, primed and painted them. While doing that, I also painted the front room that they are in and tidied the area up. I still need to restore my grandparents' chairs but that's a project for another day.

BeforeBefore AfterAfter


- Sandpaper

- All purpose filler to fill dents and some of the bigger knots

- Primer/undercoat (I used Crommelin Aquablock left over from another project)

- 2 large sample pots of Dulux Wishard Green

- 2 rolls of contact for back of one bookshelf


- Detail sander

- Spatula for filler

- Paint brush for cutting in corners and grooves and 100mm roller

- 18v Ozito staple gun to re-attach backing board


Step 1

Unfortunately I forgot to take many progress photos so essentially the first steps were to empty the shelves, clean them thoroughly of any dirt and dust, then I sanded with 120grit sandpaper on a detail sander to key (rough up) the varnish.


I then primed with the Aquablock and applied two top coats of the Wishard green.


Step 2

One of the bookshelves stores all my gardening books so I decided to use one of the botanical adhesive film from Bunnings to put on the backing board. Thankfully the back was only stapled on so quite easy to remove, the other bookshelf was nailed on and I thought I'd wreck it trying to take if off so just painted it instead.

It was so much easier to apply the contact this way rather than try to put it between each shelf. It didn't quite line up properly the full length but not really that noticeable unless you look closely. It helps to work a little at a time removing the backing sheet to get the smoothest finish with contact. The books helped weigh the roll down and line up the edges before fixing in place. 


Step 3

With the room now painted and the shelves given a week to cure, I was able to put the room back together again and reload the shelves.


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Making a Splash

Re: Pine Bookshelf Revamp

Not sure what's going on with this post, part of it is out of sequence and step 3 is not showing. It's there when I go to edit but hasn't posted. Can anyone else see it? 

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Re: Pine Bookshelf Revamp

I have fixed that for you @twocutekelpies.


if you cut and paste from another source it can introduce HTML code that break our step-by-step template.

Thanks for sharing your project with us. 


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Re: Pine Bookshelf Revamp

Thanks for fixing that Jason. I got an HTML error the first time I tried to post but nothing highlighted for me to fix so I tried to start again and copied the text only across. I originally copied from my facebook post so lesson learned 🤓 Thanks again.


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Re: Pine Bookshelf Revamp

What a wonderful project @twocutekelpies! A great way to bring some new life into an old bookshelf.


Well done, and many thanks for sharing.




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