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Fun ways to jazz up a shelf!

I’m cheap. You should know this if you are a regular reader of agaagg! So I usually opt for whatever shelf or bookcase I can find at the thrift store. and usually they are gross. Always needing a coat of paint! I always use it as a fun way to add some jazz to my kid’s rooms! And today I have 4 fun different techniques to show you!

#1. Wrapping paper/Wallpaper

You saw in my craft room tour that I hoard wrapping paper. Anything pretty and I must buy! And I hate using it on presents (cause it just gets ripped off and thrown away!) so it’s perfect to add to the back of the bookshelf!

(my collection:)

paper holder

Added this fun floral to my daughter’s bookshelf: wrapping paper backed bookcase I add it the sides of the bookcase using pod podge…and then just trim the edges! wrapping paper snip off extras I popped the shelf holders into the holes fun book shelf

Added the paper to the back and then attach it with nails!

hammer on back of shelf fun wallpaper backed

super cute shelf update

You could even use fun maps! DSC_4090

This gold polka dot paper is so cute!

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and this one IMG_24201

If your shelf is small…scrapbook paper might be a fun alternative! aada508bcc77a488092a4c88110f8a8a

or wallpaper! hutch-4

Cute way to use LOTS of paper! 

kids-room

 Technique #2 Paint blue painted shelf

The easiest DIY! After you assemble the shelf…before you attach the back..give it a nice few coats of spray paint! spray painted shelf

It adds a fun pop to any book shelf! (these are in our garage!)

fun garage organization

 

Love this coral one! 

You could even do chalkboard paint! IMG_2551

Love this bright colored one!  screen-shot-2012-02-11-at-2-56-37-pm

I also hand painted some fun cheetah print! painted book shelf

I mean check out this paint job! spotted-besta-billy-bookcases

 

Or use LOTS Of color! 5b7e0f6697245301d54890a5770b4ed968d65ab4

 

Or you could use a stencil to get a variety of awesome patterns! herringbone-bookcase-craft-room-storage-600x560

Another fun stencil chalk-paint-bookcase-makeover

#3–vinyl.

Vinyl is super fun and TOTALLY removable. So If you are indecisive…this is a great alternative!

(I get all my vinyl from HERE) viny on back of book case (1) polka dot vinyl decals

This was actually contact paper! organize-your-closet-with-cardboard-boxes-and-shelf-liner-900x1523

cute decals makes this one look awesome! DSC02113-2

 

fun floral designs Wallternatives-Bookcase-Updated-529x640 I even used some to stripe the edges of a book shelf in my craft room! craft room desk

I used Patterned vinyl for some barbie wallpaper barbie

Last but not least:

#4 Fabric-

Fabric comes in so many colors, patterns, designs!!! Easy way to pull in color! Just hot glue to the backing! fabric packed book shelf barbie bed diy book shelf fabric packed book shelf

 

 

bookshelf diy I did fabric a long time ago (check it out here!) DSC03928

Love this burlap one!  left side of bookcase watermarked

What a fun pop! Fabric-Backed-Bookcase-53

make sure to check out this awesome cut out one! dusk_lit_bookcase

So many fun ways! What one is your favorite?

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.

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  1. So many cute ideas, thanks! I was trying to pin some and wasn’t able to, is the “Pin it” button on the photos working? Thanks for all your great posts!

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