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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Five minute bookcase update...

This project  is so quick and easy that it seriously took me five minutes.  I know because that's about how much time I had before I needed to head out to pick my son up from preschool. 

I have this bookcase that is next to our front door in the living room.  When I organized a space for the kids toys in the basement I moved all their books from the living room bookcase to the basement one.  This left me with a clean slate for the shelves on the living room bookcase.  I filled them with two wire baskets (HomeGoods), a wooden crate (HomeGoods) and of course a few of my favorite Reader's Digest books.

Here's what the bookcase looked like after the books were cleared out and replaced with the baskets.

I really liked the wire baskets, but they were lost in the black background.  To solve that problem I used leftover fabric and covered a piece of cardboard.  I then slipped it behind the baskets to bring in some color.

The quick update was fine for awhile, but since I have so much of the green chevron fabric leftover I have used it a lot in the house.  It was time for an update and to bring in something new.  On one of my many trips to HomeGoods (seriously, I should work there) I picked up a few rolls of wrapping paper.  If anyone is in need of fun wrapping paper definitely check out Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods.

I unscrewed millions of little screws to remove the back panel.  Okay, maybe it was only about twenty, but it felt like a million.  Thankfully, I had a drill that helped cut down my time and saved my wrist.  Once the back panel was off I just covered it with the wrapping paper and then screwed the twenty some screws back on.

Just pretend you don't see the cord!

Such a fun pop of color and I love the design!  I have one other project in mind using this wrapping paper so this will not be the last time you see it being used. 

So which one do you like better? 


  1. love the wrapping paper! Such a great idea, I'd love to try it in my office. How did you attach the wrapping paper? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Megan! I took the back cardboard panel off then just wrapped the wrapping paper around the cardboard and taped it on the back. I attached the cardboard backing with the original screws. I hope that helps!