Framed Art Bookcase

Framed Art Bookcase

Customize an old bookcase by adding a decorative frame and hanging it on the wall.


5 col

Difficulty
Intermediate

Materials
Pre-existing bookcase
(2) 5 1/2” Baseboard molding 63 1/4” inside edge w/ 45-degree mitered corners
(2) 5 1/2” Baseboard molding 34” inside edge w/ 45-degree mitered corners
(2) 1” Decorative trim 71 3/4” inside edge w/ 45-degree mitered corners
(2) 1” Decorative trim 42” inside edge w/ 45-degree mitered corners
(2) Acrylic paint and primer in one – 2 colors of choice (1 base, 1 accent)
Paint tray
(2) Paintbrushes
Wood stain – color of choice
(3) Dry rags
Rubber gloves
Nail gun 18-gauge with 1 1/2” and 1” brad nails
Safety glasses

Hanging Materials
18” French cleat hanging set
Small box 3/4” wood screws
Small box 1 1/2” drywall screws
Small box 1” self-tapping drywall anchors
Drill with a Phillips head bit
Tape measure
Pencil
Stud finder

Instructions

ATTACHING THE BASEBOARD MOLDING TO THE FRONT OF THE BOOKCASE:

1. Baseboard molding will be used to create a 5 1/2” trim around the front of the bookcase. Put on safety glasses. Place the 34” baseboard molding flush with the floor and centered over the bottom edge of the bookshelf. Secure the baseboard in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 1 1/2” brad nails placed 4”-6” apart (See images below)

2. Place the 63 1/4” baseboard molding on the side of the bookshelf. Line up the 45° mitered corner with the corner of the 34” baseboard from Step 1. Secure the 63 1/4” baseboard in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 1 1/2” brad nails placed 4”-6” apart. Repeat to add a second 63 1/4” piece on the opposite side and a 34” piece at the top of the bookshelf (See images below)

ATTACHING THE 1” DECORATIVE TRIM OVER THE BASEBOARD MOLDING:

3. To give the front of the bookcase a grander look, 1” decorative trim will be added to the outer edge of the baseboard molding. Place the 42” decorative trim 1/4” down from the top edge of the bookshelf and centered over the baseboard molding on the top edge. Secure the decorative molding in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 1” brad nails placed 4”-6” apart (See images below)

Expert Tip: The brad nails are 1” as opposed to the 1 1/2” brad nails from previous steps since they are securing much smaller pieces of molding.

4. Place the 71 3/4” decorative molding 1/4” in from the side edge and centered over the baseboard molding on the side edge of the bookshelf. Secure the decorative molding in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 1” brad nails placed 4”-6” apart. Repeat to add a second 71 3/4” piece of decorative molding on the opposite side and a 34” piece on the bottom of the bookshelf (See images below)

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PAINTING AND STAINING THE FRAME:

5. Pour the base paint color into a paint tray. Use a paintbrush to paint the newly attached baseboard and decorative molding frame. Allow the paint to dry for 2-4 hours before moving on to the next step (See images below)

6. Put on rubber gloves. To give the fresh paint an antique look, dip a dry rag into the wood stain and rub it onto the frame. Rub off the excess stain in the raised areas with a clean dry rag to keep them light. The contrast of light and dark will create an aged effect. Continue brushing on the wood stain and rubbing it off until the whole frame is covered. If needed, also touch up any shelves on the original bookcase with the same stain technique (See images below)

Expert Tip: The longer you leave the stain on, the darker it will become.

7. To add an additional dimension to the frame, a Dry Brush technique can be added over the stain. Dip a paintbrush in your accent paint color and wipe the brush back and forth on a dry rag to remove excess paint. Lightly brush over the stain, focusing on the raised areas of the molding. Allow the paint to dry for 1-2 hours before using the bookcase (See image below)

Expert Tip: If too much paint is added, wipe it off with a dry rag.

HANGING THE BOOKCASE ON THE WALL:

8. Center an 18” French cleat flush with the top of the back of the bookcase with the screw holes on top. Secure in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and 3/4” wood screws through each hole (See image below)

9. Place a second 18” French cleat against the wall with the screw holes on the bottom and at the height you want the top of the bookcase to hang. Make sure there is enough space for the bottom of the bookcase to clear the floor. Check with a 12” level that the French cleat is straight. Mark through all the screw holes onto the wall with a pencil and set the French cleat to one side. Check with a stud finder to see if any of the pencil marks are over a wall stud. If so, mark an “X” through it to identify it. No wall anchor is needed where there is a wall stud

10. Self-tapping 1” drywall anchors will be used to help bare the weight of the bookcase. Using a drill with a Phillips head bit, drill 1” dry wall anchors through every other pencil mark, not all of them. This is because the holes are close together and the wall anchors through every hole would be too close and weaken the wall. Hold the French cleat back up to the wall and secure it in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and 1 1/2” drywall screws through every screw hole with an anchor behind it. For the screw hole over the wall stud, use a 1 1/2” wood screw. Leave all remaining screw holes empty (See images below)

11. Lift the bookcase up and slide it down onto the wall so the French cleats meet and lock, holding the bookcase in place

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