Bookcase from Blah to Beautiful with Changeable Back!

Before: Messy Outdated Bookcase

Before: Messy Outdated Bookcase

After: White Bookcase with fabric backing.

After: White Bookcase with fabric backing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello again! I’m so excited to share my renovated bookcase with all of you; I just couldn’t wait! I love a good update from furniture that is outdated and miserable looking and transforming it into a beautiful flower that’s ready to bloom! Okay, I just think it looks pretty once it gets some attention. 🙂

Believe it or not, when I first saw this bookcase, I thought it looked like cheap press board and wanted to get rid of it. It was left in our house from the previous owners and I looked at it like their leftovers. After some time of brainstorming about how to revamp it, I decided to keep it plus it’s extremely heavy!!! I knew I wanted to start by painting it white to make it look fresh and then add a pop of color.

I sanded the bookcase lightly, took off the hardware, and then started painting with a roller. There are so many whites to choose from and I went with a creamy white called Muslin White that I had used on my trim and doors previously. It took 2 coats to cover the wood grain and make a clean finish. The bookcase already looked tons better and brighter! I was pondering what to do with the back of the bookcase and I wanted to add some color to the room, but also be able to change it if I got tired of the color or pattern.

I bought a couple yards of this cool teal and white cotton fabric with a simple yet fun pattern! Next step is to measure the back spaces and cut out some cardboard pieces that fit into the back between each shelf. Your pieces will vary from mine depending on the size of your bookcase. Now cut the fabric big enough to wrap around each cardboard piece then lay it over the cardboard and pull it tight to attach in the back. Each edge should be glued or taped behind the backside of the cardboard so it holds securely on the opposite side. Make sense? Here’s how it should look.

Wrap the fabric around cardboard backs to easily change the look of the bookcase.

Wrap the fabric around cardboard backs to easily change the look of the bookcase.

The great thing about using cardboard is you can change your bookcase look whenever you want! You can pull them out if you want just a white background or you can change the fabric to bright colors one day and a neutral pattern the next. It’s much easier to take a risk with color when you’re not stuck with it! When you have the fabric you want attached to the cardboard, slide it into place in between shelves.

It’s really that simple! If you are not loving it, change it! Changing the hardware was also a big change. I got some inexpensive handles at Home Depot at $4 each in the oil rubbed bronze finish. The old brass handles were not cutting it! Replace the handles and you’re finished! I plan on adding a small moulding to the top to give a custom look, but for now I’m happy with the outcome!

Update Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware

Update Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware

 

Decorate your bookcase however you like. I decided to buy some cheap Christmas tins and spray painted them in blue tones and then I went to the thrift shop to buy some inexpensive books in great colors. The fish tank was an unexpected addition since the kids won a goldfish at the carnival and I wanted to have a beautiful aquarium to house him in. The Fluval Edge is so modern and it looks great on the bookcase.

I hope you’re inspired to add a little spice to your bookcase! Share pictures of your DIY update. I would love to see them! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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