Melody
Melody
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  • Elgin, IL

How To Update A Book Shelf Without Paint Or Commitment

$50
2 Hours
Easy

I bought this gorgeous mid century modern book shelf ages ago. I fell in love with it instantly and knew I couldn't bear to paint it. After living with the shelf for awhile, I found the 'stuff' I put inside the cabinet got lost and it needed a change to brighten it up a bit. I found a Royal Design Studios stencil I liked called the Khanjali Ikat stencil and felt this would be a perfect fit for my MCM
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
Here's the cabinet before....nothing stand outs, it's a jumbled mess with no wow factor
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
Everything kind of blends into the background.
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
My Royal Design Studios Khanjali Ikat stencil
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
My 6 sheets of foam core board from the dollar store.
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
After, edited, pretty and a lot brighter. NO harm was done to the cabinet, the foam core boards are cut to size and placed in the back without being attached to the cabinet. They can be removed without any damage.
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
how to update a book shelf without using paint, how to, painted furniture, shelving ideas
Melody

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  • Beve Falley
    on Nov 30, 2014

    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm thinking of using heavy wrapping paper and spray adhesive..

  • Joan
    on Apr 20, 2015

    Good for you for saving a piece of beauty. There are so many pieces of old furniture that are destroyed and the history with it. In the 70's antiquing kits were all the rage. It is good to read the comments and realize there are others who like to see the history preserved, but it is risky to express these thought in comments, even when said very politely as one's personal view. You may have saved more beautiful pieces

    • Nancy Spencer Carlson
      on Apr 21, 2015

      @Joan Truth. Why must we parrot the 'wonderful/amazing/love it!' line in comments? And only make those types of comments. What's wrong with saying "you did a technically good job, and if you love it, that's what counts; however, I would have liked it better without the (paint, etc)?"

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