Before and After Goods: $25 Bookshelf Makeover

See how my favorite primer helped me take this Habitat ReStore bookshelf from second-hand to grand!
I love supporting my local Habitat For Humanity ReStore. Huge-solid-wood-bookshelf, $25? 
 
Yes please!
 
 
I painted this beast in the middle of our foyer and really did not want to sand it inside the house. (Or sand it at all! Let's face it. No one likes to sand furniture.)
 
So, for the first time, I turned to Zinsser Cover Stain Primer.
 
I loved it! 
It's an oil-based primer so I used a disposable foam roller and brush.
The roller was much faster than the brush, but I still needed the brush for the nooks and crannies.

One coat of primer and two coats of paint—about six hours of work. Not bad.

 
Here are the results:
 
 
This bookshelf offers tons of storage in our playroom for $25 (plus paint).
 
It's amazing what a coat of white paint can do, isn't it?
 

To find the Habitat For Humanity ReStore nearest you, go here.

 
I purchased my Zinsser at Lowe's.
 
**I am happy to report that after much use, the paint on this bookshelf is holding up beautifully!

xo,
Elisabeth