Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bookcases Refreshed: A Before and After

Notice anything different about my bookcases?

Here's a look at BEFORE (don't worry, I didn't actually still have Christmas decorations up) and here's an even earlier before:

And the AFTER:

All it took was a little wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby:

A little scotch tape:

Left side before and after:

Right side before and after:

These bookcases are in our den which has pretty dim lighting and so the white paper makes a HUGE difference in the room.

Things I liked about this project:
Cost - $5.00 for the wrapping paper
Time - Took me one evening, while I was watching the Olympics and doing laundry
Effort - Super easy--just needed a little tape and my xacto knife
Commitment - Will come down easily when I get tired of it

Things I didn't like:
My birdie bookend turned invisible again (see it on the top left shelf?)
I can't decide if I should do the middle piece in between the bookcases.  I think it'll drive me crazy until I do.

I have one more little project to do and then I'm going to get back to my map wall.  I know you're all on the edge of your seats waiting for a big reveal!

Linked up at Pure Style Home, A Soft Place to Land, Today's Creative BlogMy Frugal Family, A Silly Little Sparrow

13 comments:

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Lovin that birdie paper!! Nice job!

Nancy Sabina said...

This is just what I've been wanting to do to my bookshelves, but I just couldn't make myself spend a ton of money on wallpaper. Using wrapping paper is genius! Thanks for the great idea!

Wendy said...

I love the look of paint or paper on the back of shelves. Nice job! I love the paper you picked!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Came by way of Pure Style....the bookcases look great! That is something I should do! How wonderful to run a bookstore! I see your list-what book lately have you enjoyed?
~Nancy

Debbie said...

Looks so refreshed with the paper!! Great idea!

Design A-Peele said...

those look great! never thought to do the paper behind it!

The Yorgason's said...

I LOVE this idea! I have been wanting to change mine, but I didn't want thing that was permanent. Get idea!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

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