Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spicing Up Your Bookshelves {a bright idea}

Hey yall!
Are you ready for another round of Bright Ideas???
Today I wanted to share a fun way to update some of those old bookshelves.
You'll need a few things for this project:
-an old bookshelf
-some pretty fabric in your favorite color/pattern
-a staple gun
-a hammer
As I was setting up my classroom this year, I went shopping for some fabric that matched my peacock theme. I ended up finding a great sale of just some solid color fabric, so I bought a ton of it.
Then I didn't know what to do with all the pretty fabric!
I had seen a couple other teachers use fabric on their bookshelves, so I decided to give it a go.
First, I enlisted the hubby's help :)
He started by taking off the back panel of the bookshelf.
We cut the fabric to match the size of the back panel. Holding the fabric against the back of the shelf, we stapled it on the top and sides.

Then we put the back panel back on.
Voila! Instant pop of color to an otherwise blah bookshelf.
Now, I chose to just use solid color fabric because I had so much of it. But these look really great with some pretty patterned fabric! It stands out much better.
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  1. Great idea Natalie. I just bought bright fabric yesterday to make some crate benches with so now I can use the extra for my bookshelves! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks like something I could do!! I love this idea!

    Terri Izatt

  3. I love this - it really helps the baskets pop against the color! I've done it with one bookshelf, but it was because the back came off and was pretty much destroyed lol. But I like the thought of doing it on purpose! Very eye-catching! Buzzing with Ms. B

  4. Can I borrow your husband to help with my shelves? (This looks great!)

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  5. Such a cute and easy idea! I'm doing this today!

  6. I helped a friend set up a room a few weeks ago where she will only be teaching for 2 months. It was so hard for the both of us NOT to paint her bookcases! This would have been a quicker and much more affordable method for sure!

    Jennifer from Simply Kinder

  7. Such a cute and easy way to add a pop of color! Thanks for sharing! =)

    A+ Firsties

  8. Thanks for sharing your idea. Love the color! I like the solid fabric with your books. Looks great!

    Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies

  9. I was going to do this with contact paper, but it was such a pain and too expensive. I'm going to buy me some fabric tonight!! Thanks so much for the awesome idea!!

  10. My shelving units definitely need a makeover. I've used contact paper, but I have some cute fabric that would look great. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    First Grade Schoolhouse


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