Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Alice In Wonderland Bookcase

Every once in awhile you get a bug to do something extra special......Something you might not otherwise even venture to tackle.  That was the case with this Alice In Wonderland Bookcase DIY.  I'm truly in love with this piece and even though I have no room for it in my house, I'm still going to keep it until I figure out where to put it.  My best suggestion, if you want to attempt a piece like this, is to take your time and enjoy the process.  This took me two full days and I loved every minute of it.  Just have fun, make a mess and as always remember Make Your Mark! 

Photographed in my back yard
See how it's made here!
Stuff You'll Need
Bookcase in need of a makeover
1" x 12" pine planks to repair the shelf and make a pediment
Masking tape
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in your color scheme
*I used Everlasting, Romance, Innocence, Treasure & Carbon
Four 1" x 1" x 5" legs
8 "L" brackets
Butterfly and foliage printouts
Optional: Jigsaw, Wood glue, Sander, Metallic Gold Paint
1.  Attach 1" x 12" pine board to the base of the bookcase if you need to 
*my shelf did not have a base
2. Attach the four 1" x 1" x 5" legs to the base using "L" brackets and 1" screws
3.  The repaired bookcase ready for paint
4. Paint the inside and sides of the bookcase in Everlasting (white)
5.  Paint the very top of the bookcase and the base of the shelf in Treasure
*refer to the beauty shots if you need to see exactly where I painted
6. Paint the face of each shelf in Romance red
7.  Paint the base of each shelf in Innocence pink
8. & 9. Measure and draw stripes on each side of the bookcase 
10. & 11.  Tape and loosely paint the stripes in Carbon
*no need to be perfect, we want this to look aged
12.  Paint the legs black
13. & 14.  If you have extra details on your bookcase, tape and paint Everlasting and Carbon stripes along the front
*I realize not all bookcases have this detail, but there might be a spot that you can incorporate this on yours
15. Measure, tape and paint Romance red strips on the back of the cabinet from top to bottom
16. 17. & 18.  Trace, cut and sand a pediment from a piece of 1" x 12" pine wood
HERE is a pattern for the pediment that I used
19. & 20. Paint Romance and Everlasting stripes on the pediment
21. Paint the ball on top of the pediment in metallic gold or black
22.  With wood glue, attach the pediment to the top center of the bookcase 
23. Paint the entire bookcase in Americana Decor Clear Crème Wax and let dry
24.  Paint sections in the Americana Decor Golden Brown Crème Wax and wipe as you go to create an antique, aged look
25. 26. & 27.  Print, cut and mist butterflies and foliage images to decoupage on the inside of the sides of the shelf
*Get the images HERE
28. Decoupage the images in place using Americana Decoupage Matte
29. & 30.  Edge the pediment and the top of the bookcase with a metallic gold paint pen

I don't want to put anything in it!


  1. Love everything about this gorgeous shelf. Love the colors the design the entire thing*

  2. Love this for a fun teapot collection

    1. I have the perfect teapot, too Rene. The striped one that Julie was holding when I made the heart jacket. Great idea!

  3. I so want to do this for a new Little Free Library, and decorate with carousel horses! A child's bookcase would be perfect! Thanks, Mark.

  4. This is fantastic! I've got to have one!!!

    1. You may have to pick it up from my house if I can't find a place for it!