Bookshelf Makeover - How to Add Curtains to Bookshelf

3 Materials
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A blah garage sale find to wow craft supplies storage bookshelves.
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Disassemble the shelf and wipe it clean with all purpose cleaner.
bookshelf makeover how to add curtains to bookshelf, how to, shelving ideas
Paint 2 coats of Americana decor chalky finish for the whole shelf expect for the back portion. In some places it took three to four coats to mask the stains that was already there.
Once the paint is dry, attach the contact paper to the back portion of both the shelves. I just used a piece of paper folded in thirds to block the holes while sticking the contact paper.
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As I thought the fabric I got to make curtains for this bookshelf(Llama printed fabric) had many colors and the bookshelf seemed to be too plain.To bring a balance, I decided to create a pattern on the trim of the bookshelf. For this, I used washi tape(That is what I had in hand) but you can use painter's tape. I made a pattern similar to chevron(as the trim was small for a whole chevron pattern
) as the fabric had chevron in it.
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Paint the pattern in desired colors. I used 3 to 5 coats of acrylic paint for the triangles and grey chalky finish paint for chevron pattern. I used black sharpie paint pen to outline the pattern on the trim.
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Now it is time for curtains, hammer two nails on the corners of the trim.Use a thick wire or a small sleet curtain rod itself. I used a leather suede cord to act as curtain rod.
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Sew curtains by measuring the length of the bookshelf. I used a bulk elastic band as curtain holdbacks. And the bookshelf is now done.
bookshelf makeover how to add curtains to bookshelf, how to, shelving ideas
For detailed steps and pictures, visit the blog link below. Hope you like this makeover. Let me know if you need more clarifications in the comments below.
bookshelf makeover how to add curtains to bookshelf, how to, shelving ideas

Suggested materials:

  • Americana decor chalky finish paint  (Hobby Lobby)
  • Contact paper  (Target)
  • Fabric for curtains  (Hobby Lobby)
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  • Linda Abate
    on Jul 22, 2017

    Absolutely love the idea of adding curtains to this otherwise boring bookcase. It can be used in a closet for clothes, shoes, books or stuffed animals. I am sure any little tot would love to have this.

  • Leslie Stanczyk
    on Jul 23, 2017

    Adorable! I think I may use this idea in my grandbab room!

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