This is the story of the shelf that was left behind. It is one of those things I inherited from my son when he left. The shelf had been placed right above his computer desk. Although it is a nice size and very useful, I felt that the dark color was way too heavy for the look I was after.
So being a good up-cycler I was going to change it to reflect me! I was going to change the look of the shelf with...
Did I paint it, like you all think I did?
No, I used book pages!
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Of course not! I chose to decoupage it! For a look that was a bit different.
Anyway I think I need a break from painting after all the furniture painting I did!
In fact it is a LACK shelf from Ikea. It is meant to look like it is floating. And at 43 inches across it is quite big. My son added a bracket on the side so it wouldn't come tumbling down on him. Smart kid! Now I can really fill it up to the gills.
Of course I would have preferred something like this, or this, but we work with what we have.
What I Used:
The How To:
I started off by cutting up the book pages. Don't worry this book was so awful I actually used some pages to cover the glass sliding doors on my mid-century cabinet. I still had lots left over so I figured I'd use them here. No pages were harmed and I'm sure they got better use here since no one was going to read this book.
Anyway getting back to my tutorial, I cut the edges along by folding and then tearing by hand. No scissors needed. I would brush the Mod Podge on the shelf and then carefully apply the page.
When I got to the edge I'd fold it over and apply the mod podge then glue it on.
Once I got to the corner, I cut it diagonally, and folded the top down and then folded the right hand piece over it like you would with a gift wrap.
Here you can see how it makes a < shape in the corner.
I just continued going over the edge and under. And then I worked from underneath starting from the inside.
I waited for a few hours till it had thoroughly dried and then sealed it with several coats of Mod Podge on top.
And then it was time to place some of my things on top. See how they stand out without the black color underneath. They almost look as if they are floating - like these!
I know you can't see this on the screen but the color of the pages matches perfectly with the wall color which is a soft cream. It turned out really great!
Isn't that basket the cutest? I'm not going to tell you where I found it, although I think you can probably guess.
The heart shaped box is from a Valentine's Day project.
And this old ice bucket has been re-purposed so I can store my smaller pieces of wrapping paper.
You can see to the left that a small bracket was added and I painted that a cream color too so it'll blend in.
Here is what my work area looks like. This is a reality shot folks. I have to have everything in front of me so I can work.
I have the cork board to my left with various wires I use for phones and cameras. They are hanging on push pins but that works just fine. And the framed board used to be a Christmas Decor. I even keep a bunch of mini clothes pins on the calendar in case I want to attach something.
Can you see why I wanted to lighten up that shelf? It felt as if the former black shelf was about to topple over on me. Now it is light and fun!
Now I need some advice. Should I do anything with that desk? It is metal on top with a unique design made to look like cut pieces of wood. And what about those legs? Should I refresh them a bit make them a bit brighter?
As you can see I have lots of decisions to make in the next few months because I have slowly begun work on our bedroom, which also serves as my office area.
With simple ideas like this one on how to change the look of a shelf with book pages I should be done in no time. Ha! I hope you don't believe that.
Help me out a bit and let me know what you think ought to be done with that desk.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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