Bookcase Makeover

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I have been struggling with my entry way ever since we moved in.  This beautiful home is lacking in a few luxuries that I have become used to in the homes we’ve had before…mainly storage.  Our house does not feature a coat closet, linen closet, or pantry…and I’ve gotta tell you, not having a place to keep the coats, boots, shoes, mittens, hats, scarves is wearing thin on my nearves…and leaving my kitchen looking messy.

Since remodeling a kitchen that doesn’t belong to me is out of the question, I needed to come up with a fix that would allow me to have the things we use everyday at arms reach, but that could be tidied up in a moment or two, and could look pretty at the same time.  Tripple Whammy! My solution was to repurpose a white 4 shelf cabinet that I had been using for craft storage, into a mini, open concept closet.

Bookcase Complete


  • 1 Shelving Unit – 4 or 5 shelf bookcase work the best for height
  • 1 pkg MacTac in a design you love
  • 1 Drill with proper bit for screws
  • 3M Command Clear Hooks
  • Baskets for storage
  • Credit card (for pushing the air out from behind the mactac)


First you have to decide how many shelves you want.  I went with four shelves… three for shoes and one for backpacks & purses.

If you are starting with a brand new bookcase, follow the directions with the frame, but adjust where your shelves are (you will need to make new holes for the repositions shelves).  You will want one self to be close to the middle of the unit, that will help keep it stable.

If you are working with an assembled bookcase (as I did) you will still need to reposition the selves as mentioned above, just keep the middle one (usually screwed in) in place.

Measure and position your selves, but do not secure them in place yet.  Mark where you would like them to be.

Measure your shelves, and the back piece to the bookcase. Cut your Mactac to fit.  You’ll have to decide if you want the pattern only on the back, or on the shelves as well.  I added the design to the back of the top half of my bookcase, and to the lower three shelves.

Helpful Tips!

  1. When placing Mactac on a surface, only peel away a small part of the backing at a time.  Get your edge on straight and smooth, then slowly pull away the backing a little at a time, continually smoothing the surface.
  2. Use a credit card to help push out small air bubbles.
  3. If using a pattern, be sure to line it up during the cutting stages, so it flows correctly.
  4. Take your time.  Working with patterns is not something to be rushed.

Once your back piece and shelves are covered you can reattach them.  Be sure to secure any shelves that are being screwed in before placeing your back piece on.

When it’s all done, you can add your Command Hooks to both the inside and outside.  I use hooks on the outside for keys and small scarves.  Inside for sweaters and hats.

This whole project took less than an hour for me to complete, and cost me less than $15.  I think it was the perfect storage solution!

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  1. jenniferlucas says:

    this is a nice bookshelf remodel, it almost looks like a kids back to school “launch pad”

  2. I really like that idea for shoes!

  3. What a great idea. Turning a bookcase into a closet is genius. I am going to store this idea in my memory for the future. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party that is going on right now.

  4. Love the bookcase make over. It’s kinda like a school cubbie hole. Might have to do this for the kids’ room.

  5. Okay, this is a great idea! I was just lamenting about what to do with my back entrance way and all my son’s shoes & jackets etc. Thanks for this!

  6. Karen Evans says:

    What a great Idea!! So handy and you used a bookcase that wasn’t being used. I myself am using a “Bed HeadBoard” turn around to store all my DVD’S!

  7. What a fun idea! Love your new shelving!

  8. judy gardner says:

    very pretty! thanks for the tip about using the credit card!

  9. How practical! Nicely done!

  10. You made that shelving unit look great and it looks like its used well! I wonder why older homes don’t have extra closets for storage?

  11. I love this! I want one!!

  12. What a great idea this is, I love it.

  13. Wow this is such a great idea, it looks fabulous.

  14. this is really cool, and It looks great! good job

  15. Cheryl Grandy says:

    Isn’t it amazing what some MacTak, hooks and organization can do! It looks great.

  16. I love your bookcase, it looks as if it can store a lot of clothes and shoes.


  18. Wow thats a great alternative use of a bookcase!

  19. A terrific way to re-purpose an unused item.

  20. What a great ‘cubbie” idea. If someone had the room it would be awesome to have one for each family members stuff!

  21. Darlene W says:

    I love repurposed items, saves them from the dump

  22. what a great idea and hardly anything to change up

  23. You could use a bookshelf in the kitchen too as you don’t have a pantry. A place for everything and everything in it’s place! Life is easier when things are organized and you know where everything is.

  24. Krista M says:

    We have shoes EVERYWHERE!! They are at the front door, the back door, in closets, and junking up the house! I really like this idea to redecorate an old bookcase & turn it into something that’s actually useful & attractive. And the bonus– no more shoes everywhere!

  25. Laurie P says:

    Well done! I love giving new life to furniture!!

  26. Judy Cowan says:

    What a great idea! I am going to have to remember this, it might work when we redo our entrance way.


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