How to spruce up an old bookcase

October 6, 2014

If you're tired of looking at the bookcase in your living room or office, take advantage of a chilly fall weekend and give it some new life! You may think that redoing an old bookcase is time-consuming, but it's easier than you could imagine. You can use materials you have in the house to revamp the interior of your bookcase and use Pinterest to find inspiration for a new display. 

Redo the interior
Instead of repainting the whole unit, focus on the inside of the bookcase. Jazzing up those shelves is as easy as adding a little color and pattern. Choose a fabric or wallpaper pattern that matches the decor of the room. You'll want to measure the panels between the shelves and cut your paper to size. Using a hot glue gun, adhere the paper to the back of the bookcase. If you're not 100 percent certain you want this look forever, attach the paper to a piece of cardboard instead. Then, simply prop the board at the back of the shelf. You'll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes! The former eyesore will now be the focal point of the room.

Another easy idea from Home Talk is to use boards from old pallets to redo the back. You'll need a backless bookcase, or at least one you can remove the back from. Simply cut the boards to the right length and nail them onto the bookcase. This country chic look will add a rustic feel to your decor.

Rearrange the contents
Once you've revamped the inside of your bookcase, it's time to put the contents back. However, don't just line all the books up in a row. Head to Pinterest and find some fun inspiration to style your shelves. You can include vases, bottles, pictures and baskets on a bookcase to add visual appeal. The Centsational Girl blog explained that displaying a variety of objects will help to balance and give diversity to your shelves. Add objects of different sizes and textures, and don't be afraid to stack books on their sides or organize them by color. Finally, leave a little empty space on your bookshelf. If you try to fit as much as you can, the display will feel cluttered and you won't be able to see the awesome improvements you made to the interior.

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