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Boring Billies become graphic and fun... for free.
A simple white shelf gets a total makeover with this textured and graphic overhaul using... free wooden paint stirrers.

Posted by Charlotte S. Published See Charlotte S.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 1
    Step 1

    This boring Ikea bookshelf was in our tiny bathroom to store towels.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 2
    Step 2

    I went around town to some paint stores and grabbed as many paint stirrers as the folks would provide...

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 3
    Step 3

    Luckily no cutting was involved as these fit the dimensions of my shelf perfectly, so I just glued them in place with a very strong glue and weighed them down with books overnight to dry.

  • Step 4

    I wanted them to have an aged white washed look at first so I gave one coat of gray stain and then went back over with a dry brush alternating white and blue acrylic paint. But I didn't love it.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 5
    Step 5

    So I taped off some stripes and started measuring a graphic triangle pattern.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 6
    Step 6

    I used white craft paint and free handed the triangles.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 7
    Step 7

    This graphic pattern on top of the stain/ wash is SO much more fun and JUST the little bit of pattern I needed in this corner of our bland bathroom.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Paint Stirrer Shelf Makeover - Step 8
    Step 8

    I screwed some holes and hung two basic hooks so there's a place for our towels when we're in the shower.

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