How to Give Your Library a Makeover

My, oh my! Look at all those books in a poor, dull library. They’re screaming for help! If your books appear like they’ve lost their lives, I’m positive your library needs an upgrade.

Don’t worry; you don’t need to purchase new cabinets, shelves, or furniture. You just need the power of…


Yup. Your spray gun and paint can save your library in no time. So, brace yourself for the next parts!

Prepare the room or area

  1. E.L. Blumenschein House LibraryRemove everything from your library. Leave the biggest furniture (perhaps a table) at the center of the room if it’s impossible to transfer outside. Place newspapers underneath the left furniture too.
  2. Take out the outlet plates, as well as the light switch.
  3. Thoroughly clean your library—every nook and cranny should be sanitized. Use a duster, a broom, and a vacuum cleaner. If necessary, use towels soaked in soapy water then squeezed to remove stains on the walls.
  4. If there are cracks and gaps on the floor, walls, or ceiling, use a filler. Smooth the surface thereafter.
  5. Cover the switches using painter’s tape. Using newspapers, cover other parts of the room you don’t wish to be painted. Don’t forget that big furniture in the middle of your room!
  6. Use a high-quality primer to prime your library.

Let the painting begin

Get a dependent paint sprayer from paint sprayer magazine and choose the color of your paint.

  1. Wear your old clothes, mask, protective eyewear, gloves, and proper footwear.
  2. Carefully add your chosen color of paint to your spray gun.
  3. Direct your spray gun on a cardboard to test the paint.
  4. Spray paint gunStart painting the ceiling. The spray gun nozzle should be about 10-12 inches far from the surface you’re painting.
  5. Paint your walls—they’ve been waiting for this makeover.
  6. Paint your floor by rows.
  7. Let the paint dry completely (24-48 hours).

Rearrange the library

  • While waiting for the paint to dry, give your books some time with you. Dust them and make sure there aren’t any spider webs attached to them. This might take a while, but you have a day or two to spare anyway.
  • Don’t just return everything in their original positions. That’s boring! Plan where everything else should be placed after the drying process. Perhaps you could change the color of your shelves too.
  • Return the items from biggest to smallest. You could follow this order: shelves, tables and chairs, fans (if there are any), cabinets, books, light switch, outlet plates, and others.
  • I suggest you add an indoor plant in case your library doesn’t have one yet.

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