the ugly little bookshelf that could. . .

February 2nd, 2009 in member junk     
shamrockerin shamrockerin, member
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Some of you might remember my post a while ago about an ugly bookshe;f that was giving me a hard time.I found it for free and I desperately needed another shelf for all my books, but man was it UGLY!

I tried painting it, but that didn't work. Then I put wallpaper (which was actually a very pretty print) on it, but then it looked tacky.

I went back to it recently with some vintage piano music sheets and decoupaged them on there with some butterfly stickers. It doesn't look nearly as good as bridiemurphy's shelf, which is what I was going for, but it's a little easier on the eyes. I am going to add some more decoupage to it soon.


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Comments (6)

pofolksdecorator1 writes: Hey its me crazy Annie the Po'Folks decorator. You send me a question about my fireplace. Before I forget, I love your retro picture!. I found this twin headboard. It looked like a fireplace in my mind. I brought it home and pushed it up to the wall. You can use a bookcase, take out the shelves, put mirror tiles or a big mirror inside to reflect whatever you end up putting in there. Find a large old mirror and paint it or stain it the same color. Lean the mirror against the wall on the top of the bookcase. Whenever you are out thrifting, look for fancy legs on old chairs, you can usually find them dirt cheap. Take the legs off. paint two of them to match. take a plain board the same width of the bookshelf, add legs, make sure the mirror will fit under this. I found a board that I covered with cheap tin tiles for the base. Then I saw this wire like flower cart. Stuck it inside the opening, put the lamp in it and a bunch of flowers that look real. The front is 3 one dollar frames, painted white. Staple gun tool or ribbon to tie all three togeather. You might want to use tiny brackets instead. I don't have little ones around. Reinforce the glass with your glue gun. Make sure the glass will stay in place. Check out my crazy stuff. Right now I am working on a picket fence chandelier, square about 5 inches tall, I have to find some funny birdhouses to attach one to each side, use my staple gun and add Christmas lights and I cant wait. My house is shrinking!!!! Posted: 7:05 pm on March 17th
QueenofGreen writes: Goodness, that is pretty. I love its feminine presence.
Beth Posted: 11:32 am on February 8th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oh, yeah. Rough it up a bit like Bridie said. I think it looks lovely.
Great job!
Candy Posted: 4:35 pm on February 2nd
irishrovr writes: It's coming along very nicely!!

Eileen http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 2:44 pm on February 2nd
shamrockerin writes: Oh thank you! I am actually looking at some Victorian birds to print out now for it.

It's a very girly shelf, so it's perfect to hold all my fairy tale books Posted: 10:19 am on February 2nd
bridiemurphy writes: ahhhh...Erin -- but it DOES look as nice as my birdshelf! you might just scuff up the edges/corners of the wallpaper corners/edges to add age and to give appearance that it's wearing away -- good old sandpaper will do it. then several coats of mod podge...when the paper poofs/pops with the mod podge, feel free to tear it and then rework it to make it stay down with the glue...i've had so much trial and error with that!

love the pretty pinks with the vintage paino music!



Posted: 10:10 am on February 2nd
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