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Apply a Faux Pearl Treatment to a Bookcase

Two shades of green paint and a faux pearl treatment provide a feminine facelift for the bookcase in a girl's spring bedroom.

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applying a faux pearl treatment to a bookcase
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  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Apply the Base Coat of Paint

Apply the Lewisville Green paint with the the foam brush.

Tip: When painting wood, always paint in the direction of the wood grain.

apply base coat of paint to bookcase

Step 2: Draw the Border

When the paint is dry, draw a border on both sides of the bookcase and mark it off with painter's tape.

draw a border on both sides of bookcase

Step 3: Glue on the Craft Pearls

Plastic craft pearls (6 yds.) are cut to fit the border and glued in place. Cord or lace could also be used in place of the pearls.

glue on the craft pearls

Step 4: Apply Paint to Inside Panel and Pearls

While the glue dries, tape of the outside border

Next, apply Maidenhair Fern paint on the inside panel and the pearls. The darker green border gives strength to the piece, making it pop against the walls, and the lighter green adds dimension and visual interest.

apply paint to inside panel and pearls

Step 5: Brush Gold Paint on the Pearls

When the paint is dry, brush the Metallic Pale Gold paint on each of the pearls; the gold color will tie back in to the gold bed frame.