Are you tired of your old boring, and very bland bookcase? Add some spice to it and turn it upside down with the help of some fun spray paints! Make sure you follow the step-by-step guide that I’m going to give you down below to find out how you can retouch your bookcase with spray paints all by yourself.
Why should I paint my bookcase?
Bookcases tend to become old and bland over time. Once your bookcase has started to become worn out and is looking boring and dull, there is no going back from it then. Changing the color of your bookcase will help you refresh your mind and give your books a new and very chic home in which you can showcase your favorite books all you want without feeling like the bookcase is eating up the beauty of the books.
Tools you need to paint your bookcase
- Bookcase (obviously )Primer
How do you paint a bookcase with spray paint?
Here, I will be teaching you how you can turn your old worn-out bookcase into a new exciting home for your books. So make sure you read all of it thoroughly!
Spread out newspapers
Before you get all in and start working on your bookcase, you have to take some precautionary measures. What you have to do is to take your bookcase out somewhere in the open. It can be your backyard, your garden, your garage, or your terrace, any place you feel like you can use spray paint in. then you will start spreading out newspapers as far as you think your bookcase will go. That way, you won’t be damaging or marking anything extra with your spray paints.
Clean your bookcase
Once you are done spreading out newspapers. Take an old rag and dip it in warm water, and then proceed to clean your bookcase. Make sure you get rid of all the dust and the grease that has been surrounding your bookcase. You can use a dish detergent or any other detergent to help you get rid of the grease if it’s too thick or difficult. Once you are sure there is no grease and marks left, let your bookcase sit aside and dry on its own.
Sand the bookcase
This step is very easy to do but also not very compulsory. However, it will, in the end, give you a nice, even, and clean finish, but if you skip this step or if you don’t have time or a sanding paper, then it’s fine too. People who are aware of the bumps and the uneven surface on their bookcases usually go over this step to even everything out, and if you are one of those people, then all you have to do is take a 320 grit paper and start sanding lightly where you think sanding is needed.
Once you are done with sanding, make sure there is no excess product on the bookcase. Use a clean cloth to wipe and clean your bookcase once again; take your time in cleaning and making sure no debris is stuck in any corner of the bookcase as it will come out as a problem later on when you are spray painting your bookcase.
After you are done cleaning your bookcase and getting rid of all the excess debris, it is now time to prime your bookcase. What you have to do now is to take the primer that you have chosen to put on your bookcase and spread it all out evenly on your bookcase using a brush. Reach the inner corners of the bookcase using a brush with long bristles. Make sure that you don’t put a lot of primer on your bookcase, as it will take hours and hours to dry and will make no difference at all!
Spray paint your bookcase
Last but definitely not least! Once your primed bookcase is dry and ready to be spray painted, get a hold of your spray paint and get your job done. Use gentle and slight strokes. Firstly when you initially start painting your bookcase, move from left to right in the same manner to avoid leaving any marks or texture on your bookcase. Make sure you are pausing every now and then to shake you can, and also make sure to apply several thin layers of paint. Allow your paint to dry for 20 minutes before applying another layer over it. And voila, you’re done!