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Paper Backed Bookcases

Happy Monday all!  The weather has changed and let me just say sunshine makes me happy!  I’ve been on vacation since last Wednesday.  It was my birthday so I pampered myself with a manicure/pedicure and followed that up by re-staining the front porch bench.  The pedicure is still in tact, not so much the other.  Take note – remember to wear gloves {smirk}.  We went to Portland for a day shopping. I love that Oregon has no tax.  I also was able to accomplish a couple of projects .  I’m sharing one of those today, and will share more later this week.

I’ve been spending lots of time in the woman cave making it my own on a low cost budget.  In other words, use what I have and make it work.  I have two open bookcases that have been in practically every room in our house.  I bought them originally to show case my son’s sports trophies when he was growing up.  The trophies have since  found a place in the garage packed in Rubbermaid totes.  The bookcases are now in the woman cave.  I’ve thought about painting them but for now I’ve decided to leave the gray metal as is.  To give them an update and some contrast from the bright yellow walls I backed the bookcases with turquoise and white striped wrapping paper I found at Marshalls.

before 2 after 2

The process was pretty simple.  I used about 1 1/2 rolls of paper and  6  foam boards found at the Dollar store for $1.00 each.  You will also want a scalpel, scissors, spray adhesive,  and duct tape.

I cut the paper with scissors to fit each foam board,  then laid them out side by side on the bed to make sure the stripes in the wrapping paper lined up.  Once I was satisfied,  I used spray adhesive to adhere to the boards.  You might find you’ll need the scalpel to trim excess.  When I added the boards to the back of the bookcases I used duct tape to attach to the side posts and to each other.

steps collage

I’m happy how it turned out and the only cost other than the paper ($3.99 a roll) and foam boards ($1.00 each) was time.

before and after 1 to 4

close up 1 close up 2

close up 4

Do you ever craft with paper?  I’m joining Between Naps On The Porch, Monday Funday Link Party, Tutorial and Tip Tuesday.

Have a great Monday!

5 Minute Bookcase Update

I sometimes think everything I do involves a story.  It must have something to do with my thought process.  This is the tale of the 5 minute bookcase update.

In December, the flat screen TV above our family room fireplace died.  Plane and simple stopped worked Christmas Eve day.  Luckily, we have a TV in our loft so we camped out there until we did some research and bought the one we wanted.  Fast forward to install, aka nightmare.  The Geek Squad from Best Buy came and of course I was the only one home.  Not good when electronics and I are the complete opposite.  Our old TV was installed about 6 years ago and at that time they went into the underground space, fed the TV cords through the wall and back into our bookshelf/cabinet to the left of the TV.  So the receiver, blue ray, cable box, and all the cords were hidden.  Well, when the Geek Squad came they told me per state code and fire hazard, they would not go through the wall on the install.  I’ve been looking at this for the past few months.  Plus  the huge honkin’ sub-woofer and an old bookcase housing my 26 magazines a month (not going there today).  This would be in the corner to the right of the TV.

Cords  Before

I’m not ready to buy into a total solution for this corner yet so in the interim while I contemplate here’s what I came up with.


Since the couch runs along the wall unless you walk over to the corner you can’t see the ugly black sub-woofer.  Anyone have any ideas?  To make the bookcase a bit more appealing to the eye I backed the inside with wrapping paper I found at Home Goods.

Tools close up 2

The best part is no cords are showing and the paper is really pretty and only cost $2.99 for the roll.  And it took 5 minutes.


If anyone has any thoughts for this corner please share.  Do you have ugly TV equipment and cords?  How did you hide them?