Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My Bookshelf Re-Do

Today I decided it was time to give my ugly, but free particle board bookshelf a face lift.
I initially was going to cover the interior shelves with pages from an old book.
But I wanted to add colour to the background by printing pictures atop the pages before I glued them to the bookshelves interior.
So I found an old book that was falling to pieces.
 Next I gathered pictures like the one in the photo above that I thought would make an attractive background.
You can use any sort of pictures you'd like.
I was going for a bird and flower theme, but for a kitchen a retro theme would sure be cute.
To begin attach your book page on a sheet of  printing(typewriter) paper with a lite swipe of glue from a glue stick.
You will re-use this same piece of paper every time, which is why mine has printing around it already.
Place this in the printers paper feed carefully.
Next either scan your picture to print or place your picture on the printer to be copied.
Press print and you're on your way!
This is the printed page from the picture that I had chosen to use from the above photo.
As you can see my printer mutes the colours, which I like.
Lastly, I thinned Elmer's glue with a bit of water and applied the glue with a paint brush to the back of the book pages.
I used a larger paint brush when applying the pages to the book shelf to press out any bubbles that might appear.
It turned out so nicely I almost hate to put any books or containers on the shelves!
I hope this has inspired you to cover the back of your shelves now.
What a difference it makes.
If this is as clear as mud to you, please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have.
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  1. oh I love it! the muted tones are amazing!!

  2. what an unbelievably cleaver idea! You are so creative. Love the way this looks! I always love stopping by to see what you've done! Enjoy your day

  3. Very pretty! I can see this for many uses. You're a clever one!

  4. Oh my, this is stunning! You did such a beautiful job - thanks for sharing and have a lovely day. Hugs!

  5. What a great idea and it looks lovely.

  6. How lovely. I think it looks wonderful.

  7. LOVE IT!!!! I might do that to the pantry in my kitchen. Kimberly, you are so talented!! Blessings

  8. It's so nice, I don't think I could cover it up with books or anything else. I love the birds!

  9. Great idea - it looks amazing. Love the soft tones. Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  10. Kimberly,
    This is so creative and beautiful. I love it. Have a great week.

  11. wow, that turned out really really great. Love the muted look too.

  12. Kimberly, I love it and what a great, great idea. You did a marvelous job-itlooks fantastic! xo Diana

  13. I love it what a great redo.

  14. That is so pretty and such a great idea. I like the birds a lot. You're so talented and crafty.

  15. That looks fabulous, I love it. I may recover the back of one of my shelves and this is how I will do it. Thank you!

  16. totally awesome -- such a great idea and a good reminder to spring alive an old idea and make it such a coolish look - great step by step...You are so full of ideas.. love it - thanks for sharing..

  17. Love the way this came out Kimberly! Also cherish your choice for color! The birds are fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  18. That is pretty! Great job!

  19. Ooooooh, someone has been modpodging the furniture! My daughter did that to a night stand a few years back. She had so much fun. I like all your pretty bird prints.

  20. Such a great idea! It looks fabulous! I have inherited an old bookcase that has paneling for the back. Ick! I wonder if this treatment would work on that? Hmmm. I may have to try it!

  21. Love it, great original idea :-)


  22. Just wanted to come by and say thanks for popping by my blog and leaving a comment. I love, love, love this idea! I am going to have to try it out really soon!


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