Turn dull book­shelves into stun­ning cen­tre­pieces

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HOMES - By ELLEN WHYTE

WHEN your book­shelves look a lit­tle dull, a lit­tle time and ef­fort can turn them into stun­ning cen­tre­pieces.

Wooden book­shelves that are scratched and bashed can be washed down, dried and given a new coat of paint.

For fun, you can add sten­cils. An added touch is to re­move the back of the shelves and cover them in dec­o­ra­tive con­tact pa­per. This al­lows you to cre­ate won­der­ful com­bos such as ze­bra stripes for the back­drop and plain black and white shelv­ing in front.

Good wood is easy to deal with. How­ever, if you have bar­gain book­shelves that are made of ply­wood or pressed wood and cov­ered with lam­i­nate, you need to do more work.

Buy some fine sand­pa­per and sand down the sur­face. Rub off the shine from the lam­i­nate. Wipe down your shelves and cover with a thin layer of primer. Now you can paint your project.

Go for an all-in-one colour or paint shelves and in­te­ri­ors in one colour and use a con­trast­ing paint for the out­side. Again, think of ex­per­i­ment­ing with the back­drop by re­mov­ing the back­ing and cov­er­ing in dec­o­ra­tive con­tact pa­per.

Karcher’s high pres­sure clean­ers come in var­i­ous mod­els for dif­fer­ent tasks and pur­poses.

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