Monday, November 21, 2011

pinteresting: fixing up an old, beat-up bookshelf

I told ya I've been crafty lately, and my latest conquest is my bookshelf! After the move, the shelves were chipped, the bottom was broken which made it topple over, and the back was completely ripped.

It may be kind of hard to tell there [it's also upside down], but any normal person probably would have just thrown it away. I'm too poor for all that.

Originally I just planned on cleaning it up, taking the back out, and painting some of the shelves. Because of electronics being on there, it didn't work out so well. Instead, I turned it into this:

It was really pretty easy and cheap.
  • Get 4 pieces of posterboard for $.38 each at Walmart, along with 2 yards of a simple, satin fabric for $5
  • Decide if you want the fabric tight or loosely hanging, and attach accordingly to the top-back of the bookshelf with nails.
  • Nail the posterboards to the bookshelf through the fabric so that it's not see-through and has a little stability.
  • If you have cords that need to go through the back, cut small SLITS through the fabric, and either a slit or small notch in the posterboard near the bottom of the shelf.
  • Because I'm ADD and have always had the belief of "if I can't see it, it doesn't exist, I just folded over extra fabric and hot-glued it to the posterboard. It looks a littttle rough in the back, but no one will ever know. PLUS.. it looks way better than having the cords visibly hang down.
  • If you need to touch up the paint, I got black spray paint for $.98 at Walmart.

I really do enjoy making things and having another hobby again! Thanks for the inspiration, Pinterest.

If you wanna learn how to make the bottle vases or the other 3 projects I did last week, click here!


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