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Before you begin refurbishing your bookcase, determine how it is made; it is made of solid wood or particle board?
Depending on the type of material your bookcase is made of, you can do the following to revamp it to fit your decorating style and to match your office’s decoration:
Before you begin cleaning and refurbishing your bookcase, set up an area on a porch, patio or garage with the door open. Make sure you work in an area that is well ventilated.
After you drag out your bookcase from storage, wipe it down with a rag to remove any dust or cobwebs. If there is a thick layer of dust, spray a little cleanser on a rag and wipe it down. If the bookcase smells a little musty from being stored for awhile, spray a little bit of water and vinegar solution on all sides of the bookcase and wipe off with a dry rag. The vinegar smell and any other odors will evaporate in a couple hours.
Does your bookcase have any chips, nicks or dents in the wood or particle board?
If so, repair these damaged areas with wood putty or filler (depending on the size of the damaged area).
Apply the putty or filler with a putty knife and let it sit to dry overnight or until it is no longer soft.
Then, sand over the entire bookcase with high grit sandpaper to remove any excess putty or filler and to even out the surface.
Remove any sanding dust with a damp rag or vacuum with an attachment.
Paint and Stain
Painting or staining your bookcase will really transform it into a new piece of furniture.
Paint your bookcase a new vibrant or neutral color if it is made of wood or particle board. Apply a primer first (based on the paint type and color you've selected) and let it dry. After the primer is dry, apply multiple thin coats of paint until it is the color you want. Let the paint completely dry overnight or for 24 hours.
Stain your bookcase if it is made of wood to give it a classic look. Before priming, apply a pre-stain conditioner based on the container’s instructions. Then, apply a stain of your choice and finish up with polyurethane to protect the stain.
After your paint or stain is applied, let the bookcase completely dry before you move it back into your workplace and start stacking items on the shelves.