Tuesday, January 4, 2011

CJT: Storage and Bookshelf Beautification

Oh. My. Goodness. I don't know if you guys are making it harder or easier on me to choose which phrases to use in the girls' room. :) I think I'm beginning to narrow it down. But just when I think I've got it, someone votes another way and it sways me back. Ugh, ugh, ugh. I probably won't be cutting letters until later this week, so there's still time to vote here!

Alright, so today I'm sharing with you two projects that involve transformations with paper. It's amazing what a little pattern can do to completely change the look of something! I'm beginning to realize just how obsessed I am with cardstock, haha. Do you remember last fall when I cut a pie crust with it? Bah! What a nut job. :) (And thanks to Grandma Robert this Christmas, I now have an official pie crust cutter. Woot! Good thing she reads my blog, hehe.)

When I first shared the idea of redoing the girls' room, I linked you up to a few blogs that inspired some projects that I had in mind. Today one of those inspirations is seeing daylight! I got a great idea from Jenny's remodel of her laundry room using wrapping paper as wallpaper. Remember this?

As soon as I saw it I knew the perfect place that I could use a similar technique. But before I show you what I came up with, first take a look at another similar project for a storage solution in Evie and Grace's closet. 

Many of you are familiar with these marvelous Sterilite storage carts. I've been a fan of these things since high school, using them for everything from makeup to hair accessories to paper organizers. When I went off to college, my trusty cart came with me...only, I immediately noticed one design element that seemed to be a drawback when inviting friends into my dorm room. The clear fronts on the drawers are handy when you're the only one seeing them, but when the whole wide world can see what you're storing inside, they aren't so lovely anymore. So I came up with a solution! I took my cart home that summer, and when it came back with me the next year it had awesome pink and black patterned paper lining the inside of the drawer fronts. It was super cute, if I do say so myself, and it solved a problem. Pat on the back for me. :) 

So I decided to do the same for this cute pink set of drawers I picked up for the girls for $11 at Walmart. I just reused the leftover paper from cutting out their initials a few days ago, and voila! So simple.

And you don't even have to permanently adhere the paper if you don't want to. If you've never paid attention before, the inside of the drawers have a little lip which will hold the paper right in place for you.

Just cut your paper, and slip it in. I plan to make labels for the drawers as well. Not because I won't remember what's inside, but because I'm nerdy like that. This cart will hold bibs, hats, and out of season shoes!

Project #2

And now for my FAVORITE project so far. I've complained (several times) about how every single thing in my girls' bedroom is white, with the furniture being no exception. We need color, people, color! I had already jazzed up the girls' dresser a bit, but their bookshelf was another project I wanted to tackle. And that's why I was so excited when I saw Jenny's blog. That was it! My perfect solution. I would use wrapping paper to beautify the bookshelf!

Before I walk you through the steps, let me just tell you that I am in L.O.V.E. If you have a cheapy old bookshelf like me, you must try this project for yourself. Even I'm amazed at how fantastic this thing turned out!

You'll need:
A bookshelf :)
Wrapping paper, in your design of choice
Tape Measure
Adhesive (I used a tape runner. Double sided table would also work well if you're afraid of a permanent change.)

The first thing you'll need to do is to remove the shelves from your bookshelf. Should be easy peasy if it's a cheapo like mine. Just don't lose your little pegs! Mine found a temporary home in an empty space of Evie's puzzle, haha.

Then, measure the dimensions of the interior of the bookshelf. (Not the entire thing.) This will let you know what size to make your wrapping paper cutout. 

Next cut your wrapping paper to the correct dimensions. 

Flip the bookshelf on it's back. Trust me on this one, it will make the wrapping paper application much easier. 

Next, I suggest placing your paper inside the bookshelf before applying any adhesive, just to make any last minute adjustments necessary. Then, instead of taking the paper out to apply adhesive, just lift up one side right where it is and put a little across the bottom. Then lay the paper back down in place. This is the easiest way, in my opinion, to assure your paper will stick just where you want it to. 

I only applied three short sections of tape across the bottom and top. It holds the wrapping paper in place just fine, but it can be easily removed later if I ever want a change.

Finally, replace the shelves, and you're good to go! Isn't it fabulous?? I really do adore it. Love, love, love! And guess how much it cost me? Less than $3. Cha-ching! Time investment: about 10 minutes for the actual project. It took me longer just taking the books on and off the shelves!

Here are the before and afters of each of today's projects:

Before and After

Before and After

I wish I had better pictures, but I'm still figuring out this picture taker stuff. Just trust me on this one, both items will make wonderful additions to our girls' room. And the total for both projects (including purchasing the drawers) was less than $14. Now THAT'S redecorating on a change jar budget!

If the girls cooperate with me today, I'm going to be doing a little painting. Hope you'll check back in tomorrow to see some more fun bedroom projects. So far we are right on schedule for the big reveal next Monday!

I added this post to Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party. Check out other great projects here:


Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Don't you just love how some paper can totally transform a piece of furniture?

Great little project, those colours really pop! :)

Elisabeth said...

I never would have thought of wrapping paper. The bookcase is too cute!


Meagan said...

I absolutely LOVE how the bookshelf turned out...now you have me thinking on what I can do to Keegan's!!

Meg said...

Im loving the bookshelf. I have one at home in my craft room/office that needs some TLC. Thanks for the tip. Can't wait for the big reveal!


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