Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dressed up bookshelves...


Now that it's the new year one of my goals is to finally get some projects done that I've had on the back burner. And, one of these projects was these bookshelves in my office.


I have been wanting to re-do them for awhile and since I just couldn't figure it out it became a catch all. I knew I didn't want to paint them...Love the black! The decision was to paint the back, wall paper, scrapbook paper, stencil...so many options.

The decision I made was to cover it with fabric. I didn't do the back of the shelves on all three bookcases I changed it up. That's how I roll. I like to be different. 

Since I'm always changing things around here I didn't want to do anything permanent. So I went to my favorite craft store....Big shout out to HOBBY LOBBY!! And, bought some foam board. I measured the shelves and the back of the shelves and sketched out the measurements on to the foam board.


Next step was to cut them out. Easy enough, right? NOT!! Do not use scissors they don't work well cutting foam boards.


The best thing to use is a utility knife. I had to enlist the help of hubby because I don't have much strength in my right arm and hand. And, for other reason's he doesn't like me to play with knives. 


And, this is why he doesn't let me play with knives. All I had to do was cut the corners out and if that knife would have slipped it would have been a bloody disaster.

 I'm a hair stylist and cut my hands all the time....I'm not scared!!!!


And, here's where me being different comes in. I'm covering the actual shelves on the two end units. And, the boards fit perfect.


Now that I have them all cut, it's time to add some fabric.


I use spray adhesive and I can tell you this is the best stuff, EVER!! Just don't be like me and spray it working on your floor. I now have tacky carpet. It's OK, we are moving AGAIN in a couple months.


I measured and cut the fabric.


Sprayed adhesive lightly on the foam board.


Laid the fabric over the foam board and smooth it out.


Then I flipped over the foam board and sprayed the edges and corners. Pretty perfect if I do say so myself.


All done...


Now let's see how they look...


I am jumping up and down doing the happy dance...I love them...love, love, love!!

I did the same thing to the center shelf, I just made boards for the back instead of the actual shelves. I did not have to tack anything down. The fit was nice and snug. 

Here's some before and afters of my finished bookshelves...





The shelves are in my office and I'm doing the room with French Vintage, Burgundy and Aqua accents. So I do have a few things to still do but I SOOOOO love my book shelves.

Sorry for the long post. But, I hope you enjoyed it as my as I enjoyed this transformation.

{sorry for blurry photo...I'm working on my photography skills -promise}

Oh yeah...I almost forgot a big one...I'm a new, regular guest contributor over at The Taylor-House . I'm really excited about it and want to give a big "THANK YOU" to Chrissy for having me. 

Hop on over and read about the Dresser that I Dressed Up!!

~Have a CRAZY BEAUTIFUL week~



66 comments:

  1. Very nice (btw, nice ring too ;) You got me wanting to move furniture or something...our house could use a pick-me-up.

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  2. Thanks, Stacey! I had to go back and look to see what ring you were talking about...LOL! Thanks, he did good ;-) I'm working on a house pick me upper!

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  3. Very cute! I love the fabric you used!

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  4. What a great and easy way to spice up bookshelves :)
    <3, Mel
    beautytribune.com

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  5. That looks fabulous! Very creative. You had me chuckling at the part about playing with knives. :)

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  6. wow, I love how this turned out!! Beautiful job!!

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  7. I loved reading how you'd revamped your bookshelves. The fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x

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  8. Hi Denyse! It is really amazing how much covering those foam boards in that pretty fabric changed your bookcases! Thanks for sharing the "how to"s with us. I saw your post over at "Cowgirl Up" blog party. I love Hobby Lobby too.

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  9. awesome! I found you on creative mondays- did you use really thick foam board or just the regular? spray adhesive is the best- I used it this week on my craft project too- makes life easy!
    have a great day- come visit when you can!
    www.kendrakaypahukoa.blogspot.com

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  10. Very clever of you. Your bookshelves look great.

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  11. Love your bookshelves! What a great idea and they look great! Thanks for sharing them at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great week.
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I love that I can change them out when I change the decor of a room which happens often..LOL

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  12. CUTE idea!! i have a little book shelf that I could do that with. love the idea!!

    simply-summer.com

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    1. I think you should do it and blog about it. I would love to see it!

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  13. I love it on the back of the shelf! So neat!

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  14. That is such a amazing idea! Love it!

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  15. I love how they turned out. So pretty!

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  16. Love the transformation I have a china cabinet I need to do that too. Love, love, love the fabric. Have been looking for something similar but unable to find. Where did you find yours. My son is a manager of Hobby Lobby -love that place. Found you through POPP. Am a new follower....

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  17. That looks amazing! Very creative.

    I host a link party each Thursday and would love for you to join.

    -Angie
    www.easylivingmom.com

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  18. Great idea,love the fabric you used too :) thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays ...

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  19. Wow! I LOVE this! What a great idea! I especially love the fabric you chose! :) <>< Bree

    www.craftysix.blogspot.com

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  20. I love it!!!! Please share at my linky party going on now at http://wallisfarmsdailywalk.blogspot.com/2013/01/linky-party-2.html Thanks!

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  21. Looks great! Isn't it amazing what some details can do to furniture? I'm thinking of doing something similar with contact paper (because I'm cheap, LOL!)

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  22. I love the idea of covering the shelves, themselves! By the way, I found your site from the Saving 4 Six link up.

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  23. LOVE it!!! I put designed contact paper on the back of a shelf of mine and it was a similar look. I really like you idea too! Have you linked up to my party this week?
    http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/01/fondue-take-2-and-tasteful-tuesday-party.html

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  24. What a great shelving rehab! I would love for you to come link up at my weekly linky party Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life. I'm working with a couple of bigger bloggers to feature great projects, so I'm hoping to bring fabulous exposure for participants! http://ajennuinelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/thrifty-to-nifty-thursdays-2.html

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  25. I like the contrast of dressing up the back on the middle bookshelf and the shelves of the two other bookshelves. Great idea.

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  26. Very cute!! I did something similar, by putting wrapping paper on the backs of my liquor cabinet. Never thought of actually putting it on the shelf!


    Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com

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  27. cool! I do the same all the time, only that I use gift wrap because I get tired of whatever backing I have on easily. :-)

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  28. What an amazing difference. I live that you lined the side shelves. Looks awesome!!!
    Ruth

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  29. It turned out so great! Nothing that cute fabric can't spruce up. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  30. Wow! What a difference the fabric makes. It really makes all the accessories pop too. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing with us on A Crafty Soiree the weekly linky party I co-host with Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday. I've featured your project in this week's newest one, which will be up on midnight EST this Thursday. Please come by to see your feature and share more of your crafty goodness!

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  32. Wow, these turned out INCREDIBLE! You must be very happy everytime you look at that bookcase! Such pretty fabric, too! You're featured at my Craft Yourself Crazy link party tonight!

    Chloe
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/

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  33. I love it! The fabric really brings that bookshelf to life! I think I could use this idea on my hutch that needs a little updating! Thanks for the inspiration, and thank for linking up to the Farmhouse Style Blog Hop! www.greeneggsandgoats.com

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  34. A great transformation Denyse. I love the fabric. Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday

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  35. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  36. I love how you spruced up your bookshelves! Thanks for sharing. We will be featuring this today, by the way! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week!

    Lelanie @ to-sew-with-love.com

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  37. Turned out great! I'd love it if you would come share at the Funday Sunday link party that is open over at www.the-crafty-cowgirl.com! Hope to see you there!

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  38. I've done that to our china cabinet - love doing this you can change out the fabric from season to season and on a whim! Love your fabric choice - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday
    Kathy

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  39. Oh, I love it!! Your bookshelves look great! I used the exact fabric except in red in a picture frame. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! Happy Friday and have a wonderful, creative weekend. :)

    Hugs
    Kathy

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  40. Visiting from SITS! Cute project--it turned out great! I like your spirit--try anything and do it a little differently! I think I'm gonna try this one--you've inspired me!

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  41. Visiting from SITS! Love that idea, I just bought black book shelves and I am going to do this!

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  42. Oh, that's clever! I would have never though to do this.

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  43. I agree, that is very clever. Thanks for sharing! Happy SITS day!

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  44. I just did this with gift wrapping paper to my daughters bookcase. Makes a huge difference! Visiting from sits

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  45. Love this idea!! Stopping in from SITS girl.

    Iris♥

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  46. That's a great way to do a furniture makeover!! It's not permanent in case you decide to change it up later!!

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  47. They look beautiful! Love this idea!

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  48. I've seen something similar in a magazine--using color copies to cover the back wall of the shelf. I like your idea to put it on a board first! I think I'll do that the entertainment center. Cool idea!!

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  49. Beautiful! Step by step instructions sound easy enough.. Thanks for sharing. And Happy SITS day :)

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  50. Wow those are way nicer than my current bookshelves. You also make it sound easy enough that I (the non crafty person) can do! Thanks and Happy SITS Day!

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  51. Great project. I REALLY love the the fabric pattern you chose. I have Eiffel tower pics all over my apartment. It just looks pretty. You have some great DIY and Crafts on this blog. Can't wait to start reading more. Happy SITS Day!
    Kelly from hoppybottoms.com

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  52. These are fantastic!! The bookshelves have so much LIFE now, awesome job!! Enjoy your SITS day!

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  53. Fabulous idea! I love easy DIY projects. Visiting from SITS.

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  54. Fabulous! Good job with that! Happy SITS Day!

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  55. I love the idea and your shelves look great! I always have a hard time thinking creatively when it comes to decorating, so I look forward to following your blog! Happy SITS Day!

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  56. I have black shelving too..and im always staring at it and wondering what i can do to change it up a bit...thanks for the great idea!!

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  57. That looks so good, and I love that toile fabric! Happy SITS day, late :)

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  58. Love the fabric for the shelves! I also took a look at the curtains you did. I can't sew, and those are some great tools!

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  59. Oops! My comment posted as my other business (The Tea Trove). - Kori of KoriMillerWrites

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  60. Neat idea. I love how something so simple can totally make a difference

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