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Pink book shelves

Don’t be afraid to shake up the idea of traditional book shelves by using a bright and bold colour scheme.

Fun with furniture with Mark Rayner - Project 35

Difficulty level: Challlenging

You will need: an old wooden bookcase, 20mm x 25mm timber or similar for shelf supports, 40mm x 10mm wooden moulding, alcove for shelves, clean cloth, drill, hammer, sandpaper, saw, screwdriver, screws, spirit level, tape measure, MDF or wooden shelving approximately 20mm x 300mm, paintbrush, panel pins and PVA glue. Resene Quick Dry and Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Illusion.

To get the look: Mark painted the architrave around the book shelves with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Deep Blush.

Other ideas: For a crisp and clean look paint the bookcase with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Gin Fizz.

Step 1
Step one
Measure, mark and cut the base of the old bookcase to fit in the bottom of the alcove, as shown. Fix at either end and along the back with PVA glue and screws, drilling pilot holes first.
Step 2
Step two
Fix the first shelf into position, as shown, supported underneath at either end and along the back edge with 20mm x 25mm timber cut to size. Fix with PVA glue and screws.
Step 3
Step three
Fix the next two shelves into position, as shown, approximately 350mm apart. Again support each shelf underneath at either end and along the back edge with 20mm x 25mm timber cut to size. Once again, fix with PVA glue and screws.
Step 4
Step four
Continue in the same way until the remaining shelves are fitted.
Step 5
Step five
Measure, mark and cut lengths of moulding to fit along the front of each shelf and fix into place with PVA glue and panel pins. Allow glue to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Lightly sand the shelves and adjacent woodwork, wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth and then prime any areas of bare wood or MDF with one coat of Resene Quick Dry. Allow two hours to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply one coat of Resene Illusion to the book shelves and surrounding woodwork. Allow two hours to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply a second coat of Resene Illusion to the book shelves and surrounding woodwork. Allow two hours to dry.

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