A step by step tutorial on how to Upcycle a Bookshelf using Peel and Stick Wallpaper. This is a great and easy way to refresh any piece of furniture and is super budget friendly as well.
Have you tried experimenting with Peel And Stick Wallpaper? I think it is such a great invention especially for people who love to change their decor (like me) and for people living in rentals as you can easily take off the wallpaper without damaging anything. I personally love it and have used Peel and Stick Wallpaper multiple times. You can check out my Dining Room Makeover and DIY Headboard with Wallpaper post for more inspiration.
Now on to todays project where I used the gorgeous Peel and Stick Wallpaper to transform a Bookshelf which was almost in shambles, literally the backside of the bookshelf had come off and I was debating if I should keep this bookshelf or just throw it away.
This is how it looked Before
Materials For Updating Bookshelf with Peel and Stick Wallpaper
Timothy Sue Wallpaper
Copper Hairpin Legs
I basically used this bookshelf to store all my crafty supplies so it ended up getting a lot of paint stains which I never bothered to clean up because honestly I really never had any intention of keeping this bookshelf permanently.
I mean just look at it, it’s literally about to fall apart any minute.
And this is how it looked from Behind.
As I mentioned the back of the bookshelf had come off and it needed to be re attached which could easily have been done with some nails and a hammer but I just never fixed it until I decided to give it a transformation.
Tutorial for Updating Bookshelf with Peel and Stick Wallpaper
I stumbled upon Timothy Sue’s website which is where I found these absolutely amazing Removable Wallpaper. I order two colors of the same print which you can see down below.
And since I had this plan in mind that I wanted to use the same pattern but in a contrasting color, I chose the exact same design but it in a purple version.
How stunning are these Peel and Stick Wallpapers!
They literally are speaking my colorful and bright language that I love to incorporate in all my furniture pieces.
Moving on to the makeover process.
I decided to paint some areas of the Bookshelf more specifically the outer edges/rim in a Turquoise color which complimented the two Wallpaper prints.
The outside part of the Bookshelf I painted a Dark Navy Blue which you can see down below how much of a deep blue color I chose.
I removed the shelvings so that I could paint those as well.
I had to apply two coats of the paint for both the colors and let it dry before I moved on.
Placing the wallpaper was a really simple process since the surface area to be covered was relatively small unlike a wall which needs a little bit more accuracy and you can check out this post that I did last year, Dining Room Reveal
I did measure the length so I could cut the exact size from the Wallpaper.
To apply the Wallpaper just peel the backing slightly and press down the wallpaper, keep doing it until the whole area is completely covered.
I applied the Wallpaper on the shelves as well as the outside of the bookshelf.
You might have noticed that in the final picture the placement of the Wallpaper is very different and thats because I LOVE to change things around and since I knew I could peel and stick the wallpaper wherever hence at the end I changed my mind.
So for the backside of the actual bookshelf which was literally detached.
I used a couple of nails and a hammer and went all around and just so I knew this would stay in placed I applied a layer of Gorilla Glue before I hammered in the nails.
Super easy process.
Honestly I could have left it at that but I really wanted to add a modern flair to this piece.
Which is why I decided to use these stunning Copper colored Hairpin Legs.
I’ve been wanting to use this certain style of legs on one of my DIY projects for quite sometime now and this bookshelf was just the perfect piece for it.
I flipped the bookshelf and placed the legs roughly to make marks with a pen of where I was going to drill the holes.
You could just directly screw it down but I prefer this method to drill some holes before and then to place the screws into it.
The whole process was really simple but made such a huge impact to the entire look.
And there you have it.
Time for some beauty shots!