Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bookshelves Get a Wrapping Paper Makeover

Hey Angel!

Have you Mod Podged anything lately? Ha ha, I couldn't resist.

{Inside joke alert: When my family visited Angel's in May, she had just received the loot from Lark Crafts for our big giveaway (go enter it here!) and our husbands made lots and lots of fun of us for excitedly discussing the various things we might Mod Podge. Let's just say Mod Podge will forever be associated with some good times in our memories!}

I am so excited to have completed the little furniture makeover I've been planning for months and months. Yay for Mod Podge!


Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!


When my neighbors moved last year, they let us pick whatever we wanted from their headed-to-Goodwill piles. I noticed some yucky, wobbly bookshelves painted a bright acidic yellow and decorated with scratches and stickers. We're always needing more storage around here, so I jumped on these, thinking "hey, I'll paint those and it'll be an easy-peasy makeover!".


Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!


Right... It turned out the bookshelves were so unstable, they needed additional support. I bought some plywood to nail to the back and decided I would Mod Podge some cute paper to it (which turned out to be the same trick used by Amy Anderson to spruce up the step stool and the media tower in her Mod Podge Rocks! book).

When I moved the bookshelves to our balcony to sand and paint them, they fell down the stairs and completely came apart. Down. The. Stairs. Thank goodness there was no one below. *shudder*

I had to reassemble the whole thing and took advantage of that opportunity to glue it all back together with Gorilla Glue. Much less wobbly at that point, the bookshelves were ready for a little sanding and some painting.

We used some semi-glossy acrylic paint in a light charcoal color and a trim roller. Ben was my helper while Henry napped!


Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!


I found this lovely Dogwood wrapping paper from Paper Source at one of my local gift shops and thought it would be perfect for Mod Podge-ing to my plywood.

We began by painting all the edges of the plywood with that same charcoal paint. Then, using a mix of Matte and Glossy Mod Podge (generously shared by Lark Crafts, thank you!), we applied a few coats under, then over the paper.

After the first over coat, we got a ton of awful bubbles and wrinkles in the paper. Gah!! I think I freaked out on Facebook at that point. But they mostly went away when it all dried.


Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!


I glued and nailed the lovely Mod Podged board to the back of my painted bookshelves.


Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!


And into our bedroom they went! Perfect little low-key way to store Henry's cloth diapers and baby stuff for now, since we're slowly transitioning out of it all. Soon these bookshelves will just host books and knick-knacks.


Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!

Jenny: Bookshelves Makeover with Wrapping Paper and Mod Podge!


I love this kind of project! Turn a wobbly piece of junk into something functional and kind of cute, woot!

What do you think of my little makeover? Have you had similar success stories with Mod Podge? I'd love to hear.

Come back tomorrow to see what Angel made with Mod Podge! And don't forget to enter our super giveaway for Mod Podge Rocks! by Amy Anderson along with a whole bunch of Mod Podge glues and goodies here. The giveaway closes on Sunday July 15. Good luck!

4 comments:

  1. WOW! That is an incredible transformation.

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  2. Beautiful work and the floral backing sets it off perfectly, I would never have thought to do that. Love it.

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  3. Wowza, the change is AMAZING, great job!

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  4. Very cute, gotta love mod podge

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