Update a Bookcase With Wallpaper

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3 Hours

Have a boring bookcase? Why not add pattern and pizazz with leftover wallpaper? Recently I painted a bookcase and wanted to make it a bit more special, so that's just what I did.
I started with a normal bookcase. It was nice and solid, but a bit scratched up. Clean it well, then lightly sand the tops and shelves.
It received a few coats of chalk paint, topped with a few coats of polycrylic in satin.
Then I applied wallpaper to the back of the bookcase, being careful to line up the pattern. Measure it out and cut it to size for best results. Smooth is with a wallpaper tool.
Don't you love this wallpaper? I had leftovers from my hallway, but something with less of a pattern would have been easier to work with. I've also used beadboard wallpaper with great results.

For more details, check out my blog. There are lots more furniture makeovers!

Suggested materials:

  • Bookcase  (thrift store)
  • Wallpaper  (wallpaper store)
  • Wallpaper paste  (hardware store)
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  • Linda Abate
    on Apr 11, 2018

    Awesome job. With so many book cases being made with a very thin piece of baking, this would be a great idea. Add a piece of plywood and adhere what ever you want to the back. Get as fancy or playful as you want. For a child, you can get something with a nursery rhyme theme or decals of their favorite Disney movie, such as Frozen, Monster's Inc., etc. Just love this idea.

  • Joanie
    on Apr 12, 2018

    I love the picture of the bare trees......it brings back memories and I would hang it on my wall in a heartbeat!! It is beautiful!

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