Mod Podge Decoupage Bookcase

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Crafts

Have you ever heard of the blog called “Mod Podge Rocks” with Amy? I love doing crafts and I love her blog! I was reading Mod Podge Rocks blog one day and saw a small drawer set covered with reference book pages. That’s when I thought of covering a bookcase for Alyssa with dictionary pages. She loved the idea and also wanted to have some of her Dad’s favorite words in English and Italian as well as my favorite words. In order to distinguish between the two, I highlighted my words in pink and her Dad’s words in blue.

The first thing I did was paint the entire bookcase with white primer. After it dried, I painted a two inch edge (shelves too, top and bottom) in shiny black. While it was drying, I ripped out the dictionary pages with pictures and highlighted the words. The next step was to decoupage (I used the regular Mod Podge) the back side of the dictionary pages onto the bookcase. That took quite a while because I wanted the pages to be straight and the edges to remain flat. After each page was placed onto the bookcase, it had to be rolled flat to remove the air bubbles. I let that dry for a couple days. I followed that with three coats of hard furniture Mod Podge decoupage letting each coat dry for a couple days before applying the next coat.

Alyssa TOTALLY loves the final product…

Alyssa's decoupaged bookcase

Alyssa's decoupaged bookcase

A few of the simple yet meaningful words I chose were: daughter, love, sunshine (Alyssa is my sunshine), poodle (in memory of Evette), honor, virtue, marriage…

Alyssa's decoupaged bookcase

Alyssa's decoupaged bookcase

Can you tell that the bookcase has a nice sheen/shine from the Mod Podge?

Alyssa's decoupaged bookcase

I have totally fallen in love with Mod Podge thanks to Amy! I made several gifts at Christmas using Mod Podge and I will show you those soon.


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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PJ January 20, 2010 at 3:45 am

I LOVE the book case! That is such a neat idea! I hI'm keeping y'all in my prayers!

Love ya bunches!



2 Candace January 20, 2010 at 4:51 am

I love this idea!! I really like that you highlighted special words!!


3 Cara and Jenn January 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Cute! I love ModPodge! Trouble is when you use it you want to "podge" everything in sight! I thought we were following you but now we are! Have a great day!


4 Mental P Mama January 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I love this!!!


5 Mod Podge Amy January 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Awesome! You did such a great job!


6 Lanie Ree February 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Wow, this turned out so well! My Mod Podge is never that smooth.


7 joanne nixon February 8, 2010 at 3:37 am

WOW !! that is totally cool….i have to try that too …very inspiring…thanks for sharing…


8 Janet February 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

Amazing and outstanding and an heirloom-to-be! Beautiful work!


9 Courtney February 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm

This looks really great! I've been planning to cover one of my bookshelves that is in need of a serious makeover…this may be just the idea I was looking for. I love that you highlighted some of the words as well. Great job!


10 Jeanne February 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

What a great job you did! I love how you highlighted the words. That means so much! Thanks for sharing.


11 Julia May 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm

wow! That is awesome!! how long did it take you?


12 Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming June 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

What a neat idea! your bookcase looks fabulous! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase – I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn


13 Catherine August 8, 2010 at 10:27 pm

This came out fantastic!!!!
Love the creativity.


14 MaryB September 11, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I love this! We have a lot of wonderful, old children's books that are in poor condition and I would love to make a bookshelf with the salvageable pages. Great idea!


15 Amber September 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

This is really cool! I think something like this with children's books would be really cute in a nursery. I love Mod Podge Rocks too!


16 Grandma - Bear September 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

MP makes great altered tins for gifts.


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