Updated 80's Wooden Corner Shelves

4 Materials
$30
1 Day
Easy
I loved the functionality of these two old shelving units that I've had forever. I've never loved what they looked like! When we moved recently there was a real tug-o-war as I kept pulling them from the "donate to thrift store" pile and my husband kept dragging them back. I had a vision ... and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!
BEFORE
I joined this group after this so I don't have pictures showing the process.
The shelves just sit on pegs so were easily removed. I was going for that rough, shabby chic look so I just hosed these off and let them dry in the sun. No sanding or prep.
Fell in love with this pattern!
I didn't want to wait for wallpaper ordered online and couldn't find wallpaper anywhere locally. I even looked for wrapping paper I liked. I finally found 12"x12" scrapbook paper on sale at JoAnn's @ 20¢ a piece!
Shelves
I bought spray paint from Home Depot, it said that one coat was like two coats ... priming would have helped so I ended up using 2 cans on each unit.
AFTER - Dining room
I simply wallpapered the inside of the unit with the scrapbook paper. The pattern was random enough that I didn't have to stress about matching the patterns where the pieces met.
AFTER - Living room
For this one I used a big fabric remnant that I found at Goodwill. This one was WAY easier and faster. I did this one in only 2 pieces as opposed to the 25 or so pieces of scrapbook paper I used on the other one. I used regular white glue (generic Elmer's) watered down, I applied the glue with a sponge paint brush. I put the glue on the wood surface and then put the paper or fabric onto the glue. I did not brush glue over the surface of the paper or fabric. Don't forget to mark where the pegs go! You will take the pegs out that hold the shelves. I actually stuck toothpicks through the paper or fabric, into the peg holes. After it dried (I waited a day) I had to punch the peg holes open, I think I used the point of a pair of scissors.

Suggested materials:

  • Spray paint   (Home Depot)
  • Old fabric remnant   (Goodwill)
  • Scrapbook paper   (JoAnn's)
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  • Dori Sheehan Dori Sheehan on Mar 30, 2018

    For someone who doesn't have any experience in doing something like this that you did ( OH and by the way what a beautiful job you did on your project. Not just once but twice mind you. AWESOME JOB!! 😀

  • Dori Sheehan Dori Sheehan on Mar 30, 2018

    For someone who doesn't have any experience in doing something like this that you did ( OH and by the way what a beautiful job you did on your project. Not just once but twice mind you. AWESOME JOB!! 😀

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