Remember how I told you about my blank canvas? Well I’ve been adding to the room (on a tight budget, of course) and I wanted to share this cheap, fast do-it-yourself project.
You can see the beautiful plants I wrote about here, in the photo above. And also the Ikea curtains I added (click here to see their online specs). But do you notice that the back of the bookcase (my roommate left for us) is completely naked? Not only does this mean wires show in the back, but it visually looks cheap and bare. I got a little creative and came up with an easy solution.
Step 1: Layout the bookcase and asses the tools needed. I got out my hot glue gun, some tacks, an exacto knife and my roll of handy trace paper.
Step 2: Measure the width of the bookcase, and cut a piece of trace paper slightly larger than that length.
Step 3: Tack the corners in place, as this is just temporary and to hold the paper in place while you hot glue the corners down.
Step 4: Hot glue just under the trace paper in each corner. In case you ever want to take it out, this will make it much cleaner to remove. Once dry, remove all the tacks. Then repeat this all down the bookcase, being mindful that seems line up to where the bookcase horizontals will cover them.
If you followed the instruction above, your bookcase back should look a little something like this.
Then prop the bookcase back into it’s spot, and notice that by gluing in just the corners, it allows for a gap where cords can fit down which hides them from the front of the bookcase.
How easy was that?! And while it’s only a subtle difference with the trace paper, it makes the bookcase feel much more elegant than it is. If you want to add some more drama with a fun color or pattern, check out your local arts store for fun gift wrap paper, or even contact paper/wallpaper. This DIY bookcase backing can be quite the statement!