How to Give a Bookcase French Country Style

Hello, friends. Have you ever bought something at a thrift store that seemed a little odd, then as you were working on it, it suddenly made sense? That’s what happened with this bookcase. You know how I love to give old country décor an updated French country vibe.  See the chair makeover here.


French Country Bookcase |


I found this lovely bookcase while visiting our friends in North Carolina.


Bookcase before |


The drawers at the bottom were unusual and drew me to it.  I wanted to add feet, so in order to have something to screw into, Richard glued and screwed 1×4’s to the bottom.

Remember the coffee table that I’ve been using for parts? (I used the drawer to make a message center, and the table top to make an easel chalk board.) Well, I still had the legs, so I used my chop saw to cut them down to make feet for this piece. There may even be enough left over to make more feet!


Attaching feet to bookcase |


I bought double-ended dowel screws to attach the feet.


Dowel Screws to attach feet |


Ok, time to pretty it up. The bookcase was in rough shape, but I didn’t mind the naturally shabby condition, so I did minimal touch-up with wood filler in the deepest gouges, then a light sanding.

It was at this point that I realized this was probably a hutch for a small desk. The drawers at the bottom suddenly made sense.

Rust-Oleum spray primer, General Finishes Snow White milk paint, and glaze give this bookcase new life. A little French style bling with  fleur de lis knobs from D Lawless Hardware complete the makeover.


Fleur de Lis Knobs- D Lawless Hardware |


I don’t miss the blue plaid paint treatment at all, do you?


French Country Bookcase Makeover |





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  1. Sheila, this looks great! What an awesome idea to use leftover parts from a table! You really turned this bookcase into an adorable French Country piece! I love it now!

  2. Love that you added feet to this piece, Sheila! I think you can make such a difference in some pieces of furniture by doing that. Love the bookshelf itself, too. I can see why you were drawn to it ~ I would be, too! Great color and love the knobs.

  3. WOW. What a difference!! You did a great job Sheila & have a great vision. I will attest to the before – it was an ugly duckling

  4. Words can’t convey how much I love this piece!!!! Love the colour, love the feet, love the knobs (!!!). You did a fantastic job on this makeover.


  5. I have been following your blog for some time now. It has quickly become one of my favorites! I just love the way you remake old house hold items and give them new life. Thanks for sharing

  6. This DIY makeover looks outstanding…job well done.


  7. It’s gorgeous Sheila. So very pretty. What a lovely new life for it 🙂

  8. You gO giRL–It looks beaUtiful!
    You know this is totally mY type of proJect!
    And I lOve that you’re stiLL using parts from the coffee table!
    Some pieces are only valuable for their parts~

  9. What a great transformation! I think the feet are my favorite part. 🙂

  10. ahhh Sheila another home run! Lovely!

  11. Thanks for the mention Sheila! I’m so glad you are able to find such amazing uses for our hardware!

  12. Connie DeLaney says:

    I wish you still lived here so I could come over and learn from the master!! I have the visions but not the Umph..or the know how to carry it out. You do inspire me though to go buy some furniture and put Jim to work LOL. LOVE the bookcase!

  13. I love the new look! The feet are perfect, the idea is perfect!
    Debbie 🙂

  14. This is lovely. It has inspired me to take the “bookcase” that I picked up off the curbside and add not only feet but drawers. The one I had I think was originally the bookcase on the top of a little girls dresser.

  15. What a CLEVER idea & you made it look so very pretty!! I don’t know why I never thought to do this with one of these, but you can bet I’m gonna keep my eyes open for them now!

  16. Wow…you sure transformed that bookcase into a real thing of beauty!…so creative Sheila!…love it!!

  17. I love how you used different items to piece this bookcase together! I’d never thought of doing that, but what a great idea!

  18. Sheila you definitely had a vision. I might have just passed this by, but you really transformed it. Looks wonderful after you finished with it. Sharing it in FFF on 6/14/13. Thank you so much! xoxo

  19. How fun and so creative. Love the look. Hugs, Marty

  20. Love the one wall painted, I always suggest to my seller clients or buyers to do such for their home, to bring in
    an attractive up to date color scheme into their home. love the blue!
    And with your hutch turned book case you gave me a great idea. i have an old hutch similar to this one, I use
    for storage in the attic, now it will get painted and will move into the downstairs bath room with added baskets
    on the bottom it will serve to store towels and other bathroom goodies, thanks for the good idea.

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