Spring Pastels: Frosty Morning Blue Bookshelf Makeover

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If you were keeping up with me on facebook, {click on over and give me some love!} you would have seen I've been working on a new series. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it DOES! I have had this in the works for about 6 months and I'm so excited to finally start sharing some amazing furniture transformations. I am lucky enough to be a County Chic Paint blogger for 2014 and I'll be sharing all my furniture makeovers over on their blog and then over here a couple weeks later. {If you're following me on instagram you'll get a preview of the preview! Awesome, right?} Pretty soon you'll be drooling over this paint and how easy it is to work with. 
Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
Take for example, the ugliest of laminate bookshelf. You all know the type, your college furniture was likely the same: from a box, quickly assembled by you in your haste to get out of the dorm, used for almost everything but books, and then finally, residing in your basement or craft room as storage, doomed for the dumpster.

Wait. Before you chuck it, try tightening the screws and loose "joints". Give those ity bitty backerboard nails a couple whacks with the hammer. And get out your chalk-based paint. There is hope.

Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
How can you duplicate this charmingly chippy look?

Since sanding away laminate doesn't reveal beautiful wood beneath, sanding for adhesion of paint isn't a great option. So start with a good oil-based primer. I love Kilz. Crack a window or two while you're working away so you don't get too light headed. I like to keep my area clean of child and baby while applying this primer.
Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
This is after one coat of primer and one coat of liquorice black paint. I wanted a beautiful paint to come through the final coat rather than the oak replicate. 
Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
Then I applied two coats of frosty morning blue. It reminds me perfectly of spring, and the flowers, and the birds. Particularly Robins and Robin's eggs. I lightly sanded the corners and edges to reveal the black underneath.

Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic

Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic

Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
You can see in these closeups that only the black shows through. I bet no one will ever guess this shelf's humble beginnings.

Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
Throw some accessories on it. Ahem, I mean, carefully style each shelf.




Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
Add new fun knobs. {oops. Haven't done that yet}
Carissa Miss: ugly laminate turned shabby chic
And enjoy the new life breathed into this now beautiful and functional shelf.

I partnered up again with the fabulous bloggers of #creativebuzz to bring Crafts, Recipes, and other DIY projects sure to spring you into the warmer weather.
1. Modern Pastel Art from Tied Ribbon
2. Diy Dyed & Laceless Shoes from Made to be a Momma
3. Rolled Paper Bead Bracelet from Sugar Bee Crafts
4. Diy Decorative Fabric Wrapped Balls from This Silly Girl's Life
5.  Easter Egg Chair Back Covers from Handmade in the Heartland
6. Pastel Bookshelf Makeover from Carissa Miss
7.  DIY Modern Art and Free Pillow Templates for Spring from All Things With Purpose
9.  Spring Oreo Truffles from Just Us Four
10.  Pastel Confetti Trees from One Krieger Chick
11.  Gathered Felt Flower Tutorial from Do Small Things with Love

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