Update a Bookcase with the Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer
Posted By
Larissa Haynes
Monday, May 14, 2018
Materials Needed: 
  • Paint
  • Super Finish Max Extra with Blue Tip
  • Removable wallpaper
  • Sander/sandpaper
  • Large Spray Shelter
  • Furniture wax
  • Safety glasses
  • Mask
  • Petroleum jelly

Project Steps


Do you have an outdated bookcase that needs a refresh and an entire new look? It can be done in a day with the right tools and tips. Stick around and I'll show you how. Time for some DIY fun!

Step 1

When I spied this bookcase at the thrift store, I took note of how cute the lines were and knew that the off-center faux paneling had to go. It is made of inexpensive pine and not an antique, so this bookcase is fair game for a makeover in my book. To get started, I first popped off the back panel and gave it a good sanding. I had planned to put the panel back on, but in reverse so I had a flat surface to work with. Then, I sanded the top down to get rid of all the wear, and lightly sanded the rest to give it tooth (something for the paint to stick to)

Step 2

Once everything was sanded and wiped down to remove any dirt and debris, I set up my Large Spray Shelter and propped up my bookcase on some scrap wood. I gotta tell ya I love these shelters as I can get my job done anywhere and don't have to worry about junk getting in my finish or paint getting where it shouldn't.

Step 3

Since I was after a totally fun aged look with a Boho vibe, I chose to use two colors for my finish. One was a soft aqua, and the other a coral color. I began by attaching the blue tip and black cap to my Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer and filling the reservoir with the aqua paint for my undercoat. I did need to thin the latex paint I was using per manufacturer instructions, so read your labels before filling up. I only did one coat and let it cure for about 2 hours. As soon as I was done spraying, I cleaned up the sprayer to get it ready for the next coat of the coral color. So super simple and easy to do as my first coat was done in minutes.

Step 4

Before I began to apply my second color of paint, I wanted to take a step to make some aging happen. One of my favorite methods to do that is using petroleum jelly. I wouldn't put this stuff on my body, but I have a container of it for creating an aged effect. Simply get a tiny amount on a rag and wipe it on corners, edges, and any place that would normally receive time-worn wear. This will cause my second coat of paint to resist adhesion anywhere I apply the jelly and make it have a fun chippy effect when done. You can see other projects I've done with it on my blog HERE.

Step 5

Time for the second coat!. Yay! I load up reading the manufacturer instructions for thinning as before and add that second coat of the coral color. Super easy and so fast!

Step 6

Once the second coat cured, I used a 120 grit sandpaper to softly remove the paint where I had applied the petroleum jelly to give the aged appeal I was after. For added depth, I also did a brushed wash of the coral paint that I lightened up with a bit of white. I also added a dark wax as a topcoat to seal the paint and create even more dimension. My toddler even commented, "It looks old." I told her, "Thank you!" haha. 

Step 7

If you notice, the backing was replaced, but I applied a sheet of peel-n-stick repositionable wallpaper for a pop of fun. I love how it adds a bit of drama to my already fun piece, don't you? Plus, that paper is awesome to do a room or piece of furniture too since it can be moved around and removed easily when you tire of it. 

Step 8

I hope you've enjoyed this bookcase update and are inspired to try a project of your own. It really is easy with the HomeRight products since they are simple to use. Come see me on my blog, Prodigal Pieces, for even more DIY fun and inspriration. Until next time!


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