Audrey’s room has been an in-process project for well over a year. (Please tell me I’m not the only one whose projects drag on way longer than expected?!)
In my dream world, we would have built-in bookcases and a bench made for the entire wall with the window (sort of like this). But reality kicks in and this is just not a project we’re going to tackle, so instead I borrowed two nothing-special bookshelves we had laying around and flanked the window with them. They are just your average dark wood pieces of furniture, but they fit the space and are a great stand-in for the dream shelves.
I had fleeting thoughts of painting the shelves white or gray or even something unexpected like minty-green, but once again, reality struck and painting furniture (and doing it well so that it doesn’t chip or scratch the first time she pulls the baskets out) is not a project this mama can take on right now.
So on to option B: add cute paper to the back and call it done. This is for sure the easiest way to update a ho-hum bookshelf.
I removed the middle shelf, then cut a piece of paper larger than needed. I could have measured the inside of the bookshelf and transferred the measurements to the paper and cut precisely, but I was going for ease. Instead, I pushed the too-big piece inside the shelf, smoothed it out and creased where it needed to be cut.
Next, I added a bunch of small dots of poster putty to the back of the shelf. You could use double-sided tape if you’d rather.
Then add in the paper and smooth down, making sure you press the paper to the putty dots to stick.
After a little bit of styling, here is the cute new shelf:
The paper gives the shelf a little more style and hint of color that’s just right for a little girl’s room.
And the best part is, it took me all of 10 minutes to complete the project :)