The Little Bookcase That Could

I like to rescue things. Sometimes animals, but mostly furniture.


So when I was driving down the street and saw this sad, neglected, discarded little thing, I knew I had to give it a home. Home awful that someone thought it was beyond help, not worth caring for!

Furniture has feelings too you know!

Okay well, maybe not, but still. It needed a home, so I lugged it into the van and brought it with me. It was not in great shape… the paint was peeling, it was gouged in some places and there were a few stickers on it. I got to work cleaning it up and sanding a few of the really rough spots, but I like the “weathered” look so I didn’t need it to be perfect.

It sat in my front hall for a few days while I decided where to put it. I realized that while it’s small size appeared to be a negative at first, it was actually AMAZING – this little guy could fit anywhere!! Suddenly the options were endless. It could hold towels in the bathroom, shoes by the front door, toys in the family room… it’s only 8 inches deep so it’s just this perfect little thing that I now know I will keep forever because I literally wish I had five of it. LOL.

After staring at it in the hall for a few days I had an epiphany. Our entire house kitchen is lacking in storage and in the six years we’ve lived here I’ve kept my eye out for something that would fit behind our back mudroom door…

Naturally I just spent 15 minutes searching for a photo of that space and came up empty handed, because who takes pictures of behind their kitchen door? No one. That’s who.

So, long story short, IT’S PERFECT THERE. It fits like a glove and adds some character and, frankly, adorableness to my square box of a kitchen.


I painted it in Van Gogh chalk  paint. The colour is called “Patina”. It’s a really pretty blue/grey/green. It would look better against a while wall or something lighter. It sort of blends in with the grey paint of the kitchen, but it’s still awesome!

bookcase makeover

It’s a sweet little spot to store my canisters, cookbooks, extra coffee cups and some serving ware. After painting it, I sanded it down slightly before waxing it so give it that worn look like that I like, so you can see a touch of the original red coming through.

bookcase makeover

Our home is almost 70 years old, and it has a bit of a farm house feel so this little bookcase fits in like it was always here!

bookcase makeover

Not to mention the way it fits in its new spot… I’m not sure I could have BUILT something that worked out better!

bookcase makeover

It’s created a great little drop zone area by the back door. I added a large family calendar and some cork boards above where I can keep track of our crazy schedules and events. It’s only been there for a few days, but I love it. I find that it allows me to keep a lot of clutter off the kitchen counter which is always a plus! Silly things like hair ties, spare keys and hand lotion are hidden and tidy. Yay!

You can see the rest of the kitchen HERE.

bookcase makeover

 Gotta love a free project that turns out so darn pretty! Have you ever gone dumpster diving and ended up with a beautiful addition to your house?



    • Mary Beth says

      RIGHT? lol. I can’t believe it took me four days to have my “aha” moment.
      If you look closely (I was going to post a zoomed in pic, but, um.. no.. my baseboards.. just no.) you’ll see that it even has a little piece notched out of the back to accommodate the moulding so it sits really flush against the wall. Awesome!

  1. says

    It looks amazing! What a great find and you did it up perfectly!
    Your little ones don’t play Smashy-Smashy with your dishes? My 2.5 year old would *never* let me keep breakables so low :)

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