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Second Hand Diva: Craigslist Bookcase

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It took me awhile to catch on to the greatness that is Craigslist, but after buying several of my favorite pieces of furniture from CL, I’m sold.

Admittedly, my house is pretty much furnished. With the exception of a few pieces (like the Eames Lounge I mention here) we’re not in the market for any new furniture. That doesn’t mean I don’t have DIY aspirations.

So I had this idea that I’d search CL, eBay, etc. and look for pieces that I think have potential for greatness and tell you all about it. This is just a starting point, mind you–the logistics of linking to a CL posting makes it pretty unlikely you’d score the exact same piece. My goal is to give you some ideas and inspiration for prettying up your own second hand scores.

Here’s today’s find:

Here is the original listing on CL. Keep in mind it might be sold by the time you see this post.

The seller is asking $20 and says it’s in good condition. It’s kind of small–less than 3 feet long and 5 feet tall. That makes it seem like a good option for a kid’s room.

Questions I’d ask before I hauled myself all the way over to the seller’s location to look at it:

1) Is it solid wood?
2) Is it stable?

Provided the answers are yes, I think it’s not a bad deal.

Here’s what I’d do with it:

1) Paint it to suit my room’s needs. In this case, I’d say white.
2) Paint your wall whatever color you like.
3) Wallpaper a rectangle the size of your bookcase behind where it will stand so that the wallpaper shows through:

Or, you could just paint the wall behind it a fun contrasting color (and/or add a stencil if you don’t want to bother with the wallpaper):

Not into CL? IKEA’s EXPEDIT bookcase would work nicely for this as well.

Obviously you could also use a bookcase with a back, but since the $20 bookcase I found doesn’t have one, I suggested painting or wallpapering the wall instead.

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  1. You could also just cover some poster board cut to size with pretty contact paper, wallpaper, wrapping paper, or paint and use that as a backing on it as well! I actually really like it just as it is too. Did you buy it?

    July 27, 2012
  2. Holly #

    That’s actually a good idea I didn’t think of. Easier, too. No, we didn’t buy it–I have enough bookcases in the house for now.

    July 27, 2012

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