Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It!

Last week was so fun for me, that I'm back again!  

This week was pretty easy.  We have a couple of these HUGE bookcases.  One lives in our office, and one is in our little guy's bedroom.  I was tired of how plain it looked, so went on a Pinterest search.  Pinterest is my best online friend.  Anytime I have an idea, I just search for it, and dozens of ideas come up!  I searched for bookcase decorating and came up with this...

Fabric backed bookshelves!  What an easy and quick fix!  I went with grey polka dotted fabric because 1. it's my favorite decorating color and 2. it's gender neutral.  So the bookcases will be useful no matter what happens with our family in the future! 

It took me a little while to get it all done, but I'm loving how it turned out.  I wasn't sure how I would like it, so rather than glue the fabric straight to the shelves (making it permanent) I glued it to foam board I'd cut to fit the shelves.  Then I just pushed the foam into the shelf and it stayed.  The benefit of this is I can remove the fabric if I ever want to!

Materials Needed 
spray adhesive
foam board
scissors or an exacto knife

Measure and cut the foam board to fit the back of your shelves.
Measure and cut the fabric with an extra 1 inch perimeter.
Spray the foam board with the adhesive.
Lay the fabric on the foam board and press down to make it stick.
Fold the edges over.
Then, press your foam board into the shelves.

I wedged the foam board into the shelves and it stayed there - maybe I cut it a little too big?  But it works so that I don't have to adhere it to the shelf.  You may have to, in which case you can just use duct tape on the back...

Sorry I again don't have great pictures.  I didn't think to use this as a post until AFTER I'd completed the project.  Just imagine the shelf as plain white before I started... now it's backed in cute polka dotted fabric.  This would be great in a classroom too!
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  1. Cute shelf! Love the idea of placing it on the foam board so you can change out the fabric as much as your decorating heart desires. :)

  2. I have a shelf in my classroom that I might have to do this with now.
    Kovescence of the Mind

  3. These look great.