A hounds tooth book shelf for you!

Oct 27th, 2010
Back in May, I acquired this shelf on Craigslist. Yep..MAY!! I know I have been talking about cleaning out my garage for our upcoming Halloween party, and this shelf has been half done for five months, I almost ditched the project out of laziness. How embarrassing! I found out I was pregnant in May, so maybe that can be my excuse?!? I kept running out of spray paint, and that is the WORST! 
I get this question a lot, “Can you paint furniture that is not wood?” My answer to this question is a resounding OF COURSE YOU CAN!!! However, painting furniture made out of particle board may be harder to get a smooth surface because a sander may not do the trick. But, you can prime and paint this furniture the same as you would wood furniture. 
Anyway, it was in worse shape than I thought, so it needed extra loving care and attention. I needed to fill several large dings and scratches with wood puddy prior to painting. Here she is before:

And here she is after a bit of love, Krylon Ivory gloss spray paint, and a new hounds tooth backer board. The doors were un-salvageable. They were broken badly, and the hubby and I tried our darndest to fix them. No such luck on this one.

The good and bad news? The good news is that it is going to look GREAT in someone’s home. The bad news? It is already sold. :(


  1. Ooh, I love it! So simple, but so much fun! I want to redo my bookshelf now!

  2. So what exactly is the back made of? What kind of wood and is it hounds tooth fabric? Looks great!!!

  3. s-weet! i love what you did w/ this!

  4. Wow , from ugly to fab !!! Super job on making it wonderful !

  5. Awesome Possum! Bummer it's sold ;)

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    God Bless You :-)


  7. You definately have an eye for fixing things up. You made that look amazing! I'm sure I would have just passed it by.

  8. The Yoder's Four says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful!! I would love something like that in my house.

    And btw, you still accomplish WAY more than most of us normal people, who don't already have 3 kids and a pregnancy to deal with. You go, girl!!

  9. That is gorgeous! I love the houndstooth. I'm always so amazed at how you transform furniture.


  10. It totally doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture!! Love it! Good Job! I have been acquiring furniture for our new home and every time I see something my husband and I look at it and say "What would Brook do?" Your site is helping to open our eyes to not what it is but what it can become!! Thanks!

  11. I love the new backing that was put on it! So cute :)

  12. I love the backing too, but would also like to know how you did it, and what you used. Great idea–very customized!

  13. Gloria Fox says:

    I'm always amazed at what a little paint can do for an old, out-dated piece of furniture! Great job. Love it!

  14. Midwest Cottage says:

    It looks great! So cute.

  15. This is amazing! I love that you make something that looks terrible look fabulous! I would never even look tiwce at this item if I saw it in its original state. Great job and very inspiring!

  16. It is beautiful. Great job. Painting furniture is my favorite thing (ok, one of my favorite things). I love the color too. Just found your blog. Gladly following you now :)

  17. I love it! You are always so great about picking out colors!

  18. I finally posted the pictures of my bedroom set that I painted using your glazing method. Thanks for all the great info.


  19. Hi – I have 2 crummy looking faux wood bookcases. I'd love to paint them because they are huge and hold many books. I want to make sure I get this right – I can prime them and paint them? I was going to spray paint them but I can be more color options with regular paint. I love love love the transformation of the bookcase. VERY inspiring.

  20. I'm amazed by you! That shelf turned out beautiful- thank you for inspiring me, I used to be scared to do things to furniture and now I'm getting excited about all of the things I can try. Thank you! Thank you!

  21. I'm always curious to know how much you sell your finished projects for? Do you sell them for lots or just what you have into it?

  22. Oh now this is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.!! I'm kicking myself for just selling a "not wood" entertainment center in our last yard sale for I'll not talk about how much. This is just toooo cute!! Love it.

  23. Love the bookcase with the houndstooth-what could be better!!

  24. Interesting to read!Very creative indeed!

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  25. you find and create the best "junk" I have to say I am very jealous!

  26. Looks Fantastic~ I just missed out on a piece like this. Thanks for opening my eyes!

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