Bookcase Makeover with Crown Molding

My bookcase was a big ole’ bore when compared to the other awesome pieces involved in my recent office makeover. Here it is below awaiting the  transformation from Debbie Downer to Annie Awesome.

(Teach my how to Dougie, teach, teach, teach me how to Dougie)

But with the talented Ryan Taylor on board, we transformed this bookcase for under $10 and the use of the paint from the desk redesign.

We purchased several feet of crown molding and we Doug and Ryan used a chop saw to cut it down into three pieces.   They nailed them to the bookshelf with a brad nailer.

The tricky part of this project was cutting the intersecting pieces at a 45 degree angle for a perfect fit.  Here’s a shot of one of those 45 degree angles:

He sealed the edges and gaps with painter’s caulk to hide tiny imperfections. With a paint of coat on the whole thing, the molding looks like it was supposed to be there.

This is a very inexpensive way to take an ordinary bookcase and turn it into a stately piece of furniture!

Any other creative uses for crown molding? What do you think the opposite of a Debbie Downer is?



Filed under DIY, home decor

6 responses to “Bookcase Makeover with Crown Molding

  1. Wow! I thought you had purchased this bookcase new — it’s so beautiful! Such a good idea. Can Ryan come do my office next? :)

    I would say Sally Sparkle. Lol.

  2. Mom

    Love the finished look.

  3. Betsyboo

    Happy Hillary :)

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  6. Was your bookcase real wood or laminate? How did you paint it? I want to paint mine but its yucky old laminate!

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