Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bookshelf Update- Cheap and Easy

I have a bookshelf right at the top of the entryway stairs.  Our home is a split level home.  So when you walk in the front door you see the bookshelf.  It is a perfect fit for this short wall.  This is a very well made bookshelf that I had made in Sugar Creek Ohio several years ago, in the Amish Country.  But it is starting to show its age.  I don’t want to paint this very nice wood, but I wanted to do something to spice it up a bit.  I started pondering putting something on the backs of the shelves, but really hadn’t seriously looked around for what I wanted to use.  Until a couple of weeks ago, I came across the perfect thing at Target, in the $1 aisle of all places!  I always peruse that section when I walk in the door.  I found the cutest wrapping paper and just new it was perfect to back my shelves with!  So I bought two rolls and some double sided tape.  So for around $5 I gave my bookshelves a cheap and easy update!

Here are the supplies I used.

Here is a before version of the shelves.  This was right after I took down my Christmas decorations and before I had done much with them.  BORING!

Here are a couple  close up versions, after I had styled it a bit.  I keep most of my snowmen out until the end of February.  Notice my Print leaning against the wall on top of the shelves.  You can read more about how I made this piece by clicking here.


This was a very easy project.  I simply used a measuring tape to measure each opening, and cut the paper to match.  The paper was very easy to cut because of the repeating pattern.  Then I just stuck it directly to the wood with tiny pieces of tape.  Yes, I could have taped the paper to a piece of cardboard and just stuck it in there, but I just didn’t feel like doing that.  I want to get his project done quickly.  Hopefully I am not damaging the wood too much, but if so, I will deal with that when the time comes.  Here is one of the shelves finished.  I am in love with it!

I bought that frame on the left at a 70% off after Christmas sale at Kohl’s, the other one is ancient. 

That canvas leaning at the back of this shelf is a photo I took myself that I had put onto a canvas years ago.  Look how small the kids were!

I believe this square bowl was purchased at TJ Maxx, and the white faux coral was another 70% off item from Kohls.

I have had the black wire basket for years, and the filler is a combo of things that I probably bought at Walmart or Target. 

I decluttered the books a bit and moved most of them into Mr. 5 year olds room  The green apple was purchased many years ago in a shop in Hilton Head Island.  You can see some of the wear and tear on the bottom of the shelves in this picture.  I need to do something about that. 

And here is the finished product!  I am super happy with it!  And I can easily change it up when I get tired of it. 


This simple little change made my entryway seem so much more inviting.  I have a lot in store for my little entry way when the weather breaks.  Can’t wait to show you!

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