Whether you’re looking to flip a flea market find or just want something new for your home without breaking the budget you are going to love these repurposed bookshelf ideas.
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Y’all are going crazy over our upcycled flea market finds collection right now and readers have been asking for ideas of ways to repurpose bookshelves and bookcases, so that’s exactly what we have for you today.
Whether you want to just give an old and tired bookcase a makeover, or you want some clever storage solutions for your kitchen or mud room we’ve got you covered with lots of ideas.
We also have ways to add some clever storage into your craft room, and some adorable play space ideas that your kids will go crazy over!
Bookshelf Makeover Ideas
Let's kick off with some ideas of how you can give an old unloved set of bookshelves a makeover to bring them up to date and look much more appealing.
This super smart set of bookshelves look like they were bought from an expensive store right? But this is the after shot. To find out just how battered and unloved this bookcase was before head over to My Creative Days to see the makeover.
Wow! This farmhouse style bookshelf with its sliding barn door looks like something out of an episode of Fixer Upper. But they started life as cheap-o bookcases with a fake cherry stain. Head over to Worthing Court to see the transformation.
When you're making over a piece of furniture sometimes you have to flip it on its side to think about another way you could use it. Hop over to 11 Magnolia Lane to see how they switched up a plain old Billy bookshelf into a chic kitchen bookcase in this clever IKEA hack!
The folks at BHG worked their magic on a boring bookshelf to create something that would work perfectly as a catchall in your entryway. I love how they mixed up the shelves to create something that's super practical but also really pleasing to look at.
Adding an island is a great way to add in some more countertop and storage space using that empty space in the middle of your kitchen. But they are so expensive. Well unless you make one yourself using an old bookshelf!
If you love the look of this industrial style bar table you might not believe me when I tell you that it started out life as a plain old white Billy bookcase. Genius IKEA hack right? You could use this out on your patio as a bar, or inside your kitchen as a coffee station.
You might be forgiven for thinking that this repurposing idea is simply a matter of standing an expedit unit at the end of the bed. But no. Head over to Inhabitat to see how they used a second unit to create clever under the bed storage.
Or check out Katie's genius idea of turning a set of bookshelves into rolling storage! This is perfect for storing fabric away in the closet, but you could also use it for yarn or scrapbooking supplies.
Or how about this clever way to keep all of those softies under control. I spotted this on Pinterest and can't find the original source but I'm pretty sure those "bars" are just pieces of elastic knotted through holes at the top and bottom so its easy to get the toys in and out.