Monday, August 20, 2012

Thrifty Bookcase Makeover

About a year ago, I was working on a photo gallery area at the lake home. There is an area about 7x7 between the living room, and the hall bath. I bought a really inexpensive ($20.00) bookcase to use there to hold family photos. I hurriedly placed photos on it, and didn't think much about it.   The last time we were at the lake, I was sitting there looking at how badly it looked, wondering what I could do to spruce it up a little.  It had all colors/types of picture frames -red, pink floral, wood, brass, you name it!   I remembered seeing adhesive shelf liner at the Dollar General the day before.  So I made a quick trip back there, and bought one 9 ft. roll for less than $3.00.  I know this is not an original idea and has been done by lots of people, but I wanted to show you anyway.  

First, I emptied out all the photos, pulled out the shelves, measured, and cut the paper to fit inside the bookcase.  I also took all the photos out of the frames and washed the glass from them, laid the frames on a drop cloth outside, and spray painted all the frames white. (I already had the paint). 


See how plain this looks?

See what I mean?

BEFORE
Just a hodge podge of photo frames!

With everything out.

The back of the bookcase is card board.  That tells you that it's not "fine furniture".

Here it is with the paper inside.  I used  white thumb tacks to hold the paper in place.  (Easy "out" if I don't like it).

AFTER

Here is the final product.  I think the paper gives it a little life, a little personality!!

The white frames look much better also.


 Easy makeover for the price of a roll of shelf paper, less than three dollars.  I can live with it a little longer now.....maybe!  :)