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How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase

I’ve come to the conclusion that from now on when I find myself struggling to define my style in my home, I’m just going to slap the term “eclectic” on it and call it a day.
Every Friday, I post my Friday Faves because it helps me sort through my Pinterest boards always overflowing with inspirations from a thousand different directions- rugged rustic, glamorous French, modern industrial. And a lot of times I realize I have no clue what I’m doing 99% of the time.
So as I was styling my bookcase from my latest furniture makeover, I decided. My home is in the eclectic category from now on. Because guess what! That term is defined as “deriving ideas or styles from a broad and diverse range or sources.” Done. Eclectic it is. 
Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase

I guess you can look at it as a way to say, “This chick just can’t make up her mind.” Or you can see eclectic as “A style that is never boring because it involves lots of story-telling collections from all sorts of times, places, and cultures.” It sounds so much better that way, right?
My little bit of soul-searching all started with this bookcase I found on Craigslist that I knew was destined for our back wall in our living room.

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase
I loved the little bit of detailing at the top and the price wasn’t too shabby either. Once I painted it with a few coats of Annie Sloan Pure White, it was like an entirely new piece.

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase
But the back was too plain for me, and I even polled my Facebook followers (thanks y’all) to weigh a few options: painting the back a dark gray or creating a white planking effect. Since I knew most of the items on the shelves were going to be dark, I didn’t want them to blend in with a dark background. 
The only thing was (and if you haven’t figured this out yet, hang around a little longer here and you will) I didn’t want to spend any extra money on this thing. Lugging a tempermental toddler to Lowe’s to buy wood for planks, attaching them, and painting all over again was not my idea of fun.
So here is what I used to create a faux plank effect:
  • Level
  • Paint pen in gray
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
And it didn’t cost me a cent or my sanity.
Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase
First, I measured each section of the bookcase and marked the widths of each “plank” with a pencil. 

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase

 I used a level to draw on the lines with the pencil too in case I made any mistakes.

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase

Then, I went back over the penciled lines with the paint pen. I still used the level as a guide to keep the lines straight.

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase
It was so simple and easy. Best of all, it didn’t require a single power tool (awesome for napping toddlers who are light sleepers).

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase
I still have some tweaking to do on the shelf styling, but I’m happy considering I mostly used items I’ve collected over time. And best of all, they have meaning.
That birdcage was a centerpiece from our wedding three years ago. The little bird figurines were hand carved by my father-in-law. That old sewing machine was even passed down to me from my mother’s side of the family. And, of course, I always have a slight book obsession.

Bless'er House | How to Make a Faux Planked Eclectic Bookcase
Now all of my little treasures have a home and don’t have to be banished to the depths of a closet. So many of them have a story to tell.
What do you think? Is the eclectic thing working? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. πŸ™‚
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15 Comments

  1. GIRL! You did not just draw bead board on your bookcases! Dang, you are a genius!

    I am so with you about dragging children all around town. My three never get to go anywhere with me unless there is a drive through involved!

    Pinning {of course}!
    ~ Ashley

  2. What a great idea Lauren! I have a hutch that I painted an ivory color and this would be a great idea for the back of the shelves. One thing, I have all white stoneware on the shelves and don’t know if the faux planking would still cause it to blend in too much. I was thinking wallpaper or contact paper in a slight color to contrast with the stoneware. I really like the idea and if I don’t use it on my hutch maybe I will find another place to use it. Thanks!

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