Wednesday, December 5, 2012

$3 'Wallpapered' Bookcase


I have been wanting to paint/wallpaper our bookcase for a loooong time, and decided to tackle the project yesterday. I knew I didn't want to splurge on designer wallpaper before I tried the look out first, so I headed to The Paper Source to scout out their selection to get 'the look for less.' However, I was very sad when I realized all of their amazing papers are SO thin - like an old newspaper. I was scared the paper would rip and tear during the process, and the rolls of heavier paper were just not pretty enough.


Feeling discouraged, I was heading to the car when I walked by Hallmark (of all places!), and decided to check out their wrapping paper selection. I didn't find what I was looking for, BUT I did find an adorable pink ikat(ish) pattern on sale - 2 rolls for $5.99, and I couldn't pass it up.

I ended up using only one roll of paper, and have another leftover to use for wrapping gifts ;). Overall, I think the look is cute, but not what I am after, so I will be changing it. Before I do, I knew I had to share this EXTREMELY easy and cheap project with you. If you're looking to temporarily update a bookcase, this is a great (temporary and inexpensive) option.

materials used 


Step One: Remove items and shelves (or just items if your shelves don't come out) 
PS - sorry for the terrible photos, I wasn't really planning blogging this when I started



Step Two: Paper the back of shelves, using double sided tape (As you can see, I cut the paper too short on the bottom - simply add more paper to the bottom. Also remember, it doesn't have to be EXACT as you will be filling your shelves with items.)



Step Three: Replace shelves and items! Told you it was simple! 




I'll be sure to share an update when the shelves are changed. SO, what do you think of this project? 

11 comments:

  1. i think it looks so good! this is something i would def. want to do as soon as i find the bookcases i'm looking for :)

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    1. thank you - it's definitely simple! ;)

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  2. Love it! great choice of paper . . . makes everything pop!

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  3. GREAT and easy DIY. Thank you for sharing. I count on creative people like you to come up with these amazingly simple and fantastic ideas. I would never have thought of this.

    I've bought that exact paper for wrapping gifts. I think it look cute on the shelves. You could even change it seasonly, not in a cheesy / campy way, but Fall colors, Spring colors, etc.

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  4. I love this idea! I was thinking of doing this to a bulit in bookshelf in my living room but we have so many colorful paintings already I thought it would overwhelm the room...I ended up hanging picture frames between the shelves instead :) yours turned out awesome! I love the pink!!

    xo
    Styled By The Moon

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