Spring Bookshelf DIY Home Decor Project with Ace Hardware #31DaysOfColor

As you know I’ve been doing a lot of home improvement projects around here. I’ve been having a lot of fun decorating each room and finding a good purpose for everything. When I stumbled upon an old bookshelf I knew it would make a great bookshelf DIY home decor project for the Ace Hardware campaign I was invited to participate in. While I did receive compensation I did all the hard work myself (with a little family help) and the opinions and post here are all my own thoughts.

The Paint Studio at Ace Hardware

We were asked to work with Ace Hardware again and after our last DIY Shelf Project came out so great I knew I’d want to use them again for this one.

Sawyer picking paint colors at ACE Hardware

I took my trusted partner-in-crime down to my local Ace Hardware so we could pick up our color. Sawyer loves checking out all the amazing colors that Clark + Kensington carry.


We really loved the color Cashmere Sweater by Clark + Kensington. It’s like a very soft, pale yellow. As Sawyer called it “baby chick yellow”.

3018 Cashemere Sweater Clark + Kensington

I knew the Cashmere Sweater color would be perfect for my bookshelf DIY home decor project. I wanted to get rid of the red tinted stain and replace it with a soft spring color. Here’s what my ladder bookshelf looked like before I started.

Bookshelf DIY Home Decor ProjectClark + Kensington

It was in really bad condition and couldn’t really stand without wanting to wobble and fall over so before I did anything I wanted to tighten all the screws. My teen looks for any opportunity to grab a tool so he offered to help.


Once it had more stability I used sandpaper to remove some of the stain and let my paint grab onto the wood better. When you sand make sure to follow the wood grain.


Then when I was done I made sure to use a good paintbrush to apply my paint. If you’re not sure what materials would be best for your project make sure to ask the employee at the Paint Studio. They are always great about answering any questions I have. They’ve helped with everything from paint bases to brushes to which sandpaper is best.

Ace Hardward #31DaysOfColor DIY Paint Project

For this project, they recommend an interior latex satin paint & primer.


Since the original stain was so dark I did go in and give it a second coat of paint once it was dry.

Ace Hardward #31DaysOfColor DIY Paint Project

That second coat made a big difference it and my bookshelf DIY home decor project looked even better than I had hoped! The color was such a perfect spring color!

Ace Hardward #31DaysOfColor DIY Paint Project

I couldn’t wait to add some of my favorite spring decor to finish it off!

Easter Bookshelf DIY Home Decor Ace Hardward Paint Project

Plus, the cashmere sweater color was just enough to help it stand out from my bland, boring wall color.

Ace Hardward #31DaysOfColor DIY Paint Project

I’m so in love with my new bookshelf DIY home decor project! It looks great up against the wall in my dining room! I’m so glad that I was able to revive this old piece of furniture that was one step away from being out the door.

Easter Bookshelf DIY Home Decor Project

Do you have a project in the works or maybe a piece of furniture that needs a boost in your home? Head on over to Ace Hardware’s Paint Studio, where every day in March, they’re unveiling a featured color and giving you the chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover and daily Ace gift cards valued up to $1,000! They even have daily gift card giveaways happening too! Make sure to visit every day to see what new color they are featuring!

Ace Hardware's #31daysofcolor contest at the Paint Studio

Another day, another color to inspire your home projects. Every day in March, Ace is unveiling a featured color and giving you a chance to win a $10,000 room makeover! To learn more, visit thepaintstudio.com.


No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win.  Open to legal US residents residing in the contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age and who are homeowners.  Sweepstakes will run from 3/1/16-3/31/16.  Full rules located here:  http://www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor/pdf/2016AceHardware31DaysofColorSweepstakesRules.pdf


  1. Although I like the color of the original wood, your paint job is super! The transformation is astounding. It really brightens up the room. Great job.

  2. Cynthia R says

    Yo uguys did a great job, I love the lighter look and the cute things you put on each shelf. Very homey.

  3. vickie couturier says

    how pretty that turned out to be,,you all did a nice job

  4. I love saving old furniture from the trash heap. I had an old chest of drawers that was a horrible orange colour. I sanded and repainted them white and green with leaves on the edges. They fit in perfectly with the jungle themed nursery.

  5. you are so talented, Jennifer. You turned an ugly piece of furniture into a classy one, you really have great taste… well done! love the cute bunny on the shelf too. ps: and your partner in crime is soo adorable!

  6. Your bookshelf came out beautifully. I am actually headed out paint shopping this afternoon as I have to paint our DIY shelving on the top of our closet. I am tired of looking at the unpainted plywood so it is time to fix that. I think I will head to Ace and look for the paint you used since it looks so nice!

  7. Jaime Nicole says

    This turned out to be a wonderful project. It looks fantastic and I am sure it is so useful and effective as decor. I am definitely going to have to see if I can give this a go. Your color choice was spot on too – love it!

  8. This bookshelf turned out perfect!! I have a corner in our living room that this would look great. I think I need to start going to the thrift store to find a similar shelf! Great way to add some character to your home.

  9. Monica Y says

    I love the color and seems really easy to do. I need to start getting crafty because I have lots of things to fix at home. Great that your son is involved. So cute

  10. What a lovely shelf! I couldn’t have imagined how much that bookcase would improve with a couple of coats of paint. That’s a great look. I am going to have to go by there and check out all those colors!

  11. That turned out to be pretty cool! I love white you picked out.

  12. kayla sheehan says

    Wow! Looks great! Love diy projects

  13. G K says

    I’ve been wanting some shelves like these. They look so nice and add character.

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