DIY Bookcase Makeover

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With school fast approaching, I felt motivated for the first time in a long time to re-organize and beautify my little classroom. I use the term “classroom” loosely here, because my room is a glorified closet. It literally used to be a janitor’s closet until they put in a window, took down some shelves, and called it a classroom. I’ll admit I used to wish I had a bigger room, but now I’ve grown to love my little space. This year I decided to decorate a little differently and make my room more cozy. I figure if my room is really cute and comfortable, then maybe I’ll want to be there. haha.

Chloe and I went into school to start setting things up and I saw someone was getting rid of a perfectly good bookcase. Sure the back was falling off and it could use a good cleaning, but hey, that’s the sort of thing I like to do. I put it in my car with visions of what it would look like once complete.

Here’s how I took my sad little shelf and made her beautiful again.

Step 1: Remove the back. This was easy for me because most of the old staples were falling out anyway. For the ones that weren’t, I just used a flathead screwdriver to wedge them out.

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Step 2: Sand the entire shelf so you have a smooth surface to work with.

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Step 3. Wipe it clean to remove the dust.

Step 4: Paint the shelf with regular paint or spray paint. I happened to have leftover paint from when we redid our laundry room, so I just used that. Two coats should do the trick.

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Step 5: Attach contact paper to the back piece you removed in step 1. I found this cute chevron paper on Amazon. Order here.  The pattern was printed horizontally, so I had to work from side to side, rather than top to bottom. Very slowly peel the backing off and use a plastic card or ruler to smooth it out and make sure there are no air bubbles. You’ll want to leave a couple of inches of excess over the edges so you can wrap it around the back.

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Alternatively, you could also find scrapbook paper you really like and use mod podge to attach it. OR you could just paint it a different fun color. It’s up to your creative self!

Step 6: Cut the corners of the excess contact paper off to make folding it over the edges easier.

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Step 7: Use a hammer and small nails to reattach the back to the bookcase. Bonus- the nails will hold down the edges of the contact paper you folded over.

Here’s my completed shelf! Isn’t she pretty? Once my room is finished I’ll take you on a little tour. Emphasis on the word “little.” Stay tuned, friends!

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xo

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