By: Kathleen Neafsey
My daughter, Bridget, is a huge fan of animal prints, so this project was definitely done with her in mind. I took a plain, drab bookcase from blah to ahhh in three steps!
I saw this bookcase on Craigslist, listed under “Free” , and I knew that Bridget had been looking for one; I also knew that plain old black would not suit her tastes. I solved that problem with a trip to the craft store, and the purchase of some cheetah print scrapbooking paper.
When I went to pick up the free bookcase, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. It was fairly new, clean, and only had a few minor scratches. First things first, I just wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
Using a foam brush, smooth a thin, even layer of Mod Podge – about the half the size of the paper – onto the shelf.
Carefully place a sheet of the paper you’ve chosen onto the Mod Podge; smoothing out any streaks or bubbles as you go. When the first sheet is down, repeat until the shelf is covered. When you’ve reached the end of the shelf, trim the paper with a utility knife or scissors. Repeat steps one and two on the other shelves.
Leave the paper and to dry overnight, and spray with a clear acrylic varnish or polyurethane – a step I would highly recommend be done outdoors! Let it dry overnight, or longer till the varnish smell goes away.
There you have it: a personalized bookshelf to suit your style, and all for about $10. I was fortunate enough to have the Mod Podge and polyurethane spray on hand, so this project actually cost me $3.54 for the paper! Without a doubt, one of my better investments.
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time