So the other day I had this sudden urge to get out of the house and find me a project to create! I hadn’t had one in a while and I was just itching to create something really amazing. For a while, I had been eyeing those custom wallpapered bookshelves that you see everywhere, but just never got around to figuring out how to construct one on a budget with the bookshelves I already had. The idea kind of just fell into the background and didn’t resurface until last week.
The shelves I have are from Target and aren’t what you call… the highest of quality. They are the kind of shelving that you put together yourself, and the backing is not the prettiest. It’s that terrible cardboard that is covered in a fake wood veneer. Not noticeable in general, but it bothered me like crazy just knowing it was there. Thankfully I was able to come up with a high end look for literally JUST $40!!! Since I already had the shelves, all I had to buy was the fabric and cardboard. Ain’t too shabby if you ask me;)
As you can see, above you will find the before and after. I really wanted something that made a statement and was bright and graphic. My goal was to decrease the decor (aka clutter – says my husband) and give the bookshelves a more cohesive design. Focusing less on the decoration on each shelf, and more on the overall look of the design. Below is my tutorial on creating these wonderful fabric inserts for yourself!
1. Book Shelves from Target (on sale) – $80 or $160 for both
2. Cardboard $10
3. Fabric – about 6 yards (on clearance HALF off $9.99) – Total of $30
4. Scissors and/or exacto knife
5. Glue gun and hot glue