I've thought about putting colored foam board (from a craft store) in the back of each shelf, but didn't like that the only colors I found were primary and kind of harsh. I pinned these ideas a while ago and, to be honest, forgot about them until someone repinned them this week and I got the reminder e-mail.
Then the light bulb went off when I found this wrapping paper at Target this weekend...
|for only $1!|
I knew that the lattice design was exactly what I had been looking for. And the natural backing was perfect because I knew it would look as though I stenciled it onto the back of the bookcase.
What you will need:
A Bookcase (if the shelves don't come out, you will need to cut the foam board into smaller pieces);
Wrapping paper with a design you like (I picked mine up from the dollar aisle at Target and suggest using either a solid color or a simple repeating pattern);
Foam board (either large enough to fit your bookcase or multiple pieces to cover the size you will need);
Packing tape; and
I happened to have a huge piece of foam board (purchased at Goodwill) from a previous project I never mastered.
|Testing the cutout foam to make sure|
it fit before I covered it with the
I used adhesive spray to adhere to the wrapping paper to the foam board. I wanted the pattern to look vertical, so I ended up putting three "rows" or "strips" of the paper.
|and three rows.|
The great thing about the adhesive spray is that it is tacky but not immediately permanent, so I had a bit of time to re-position the paper so the pattern lined up perfectly. It is very important to make sure the seams align perfectly (after all, the pattern is the whole point!).
|Very faint seam.|
To adhere the edges of the paper to the back, I used the adhesive spray again, but also secured it with clear packing tape.
|Securing the edges on the back.|
Once everything was secure, I put the wrapping paper wrapped foam in the back and grinned from ear-to-ear... I love(d) it!
|With the foam board fitted in the back.|
|With the shelves in the bookcase.|
Overall, the cost was only $1 (as I had the other materials on hand) and took only about 40 minutes to create.
Just a note, that the shelves will hang out past the front of the bookcase because of the added width of the foam board. But(!) the good news is, that once the books and decorations are put on the shelves (adding weight) I was able to push the shelves back in and they stayed put!
I love, love, love this project!
What do you think? Did I pull off some of the Pinterest ideas? Hope you like this as much as I do!
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