Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tween Project #2

Little Miss Whimsy's bedroom re-do is in full swing.  This weeks project is about taking what you have and spiffing it up a bit to create a big change.  Working with budget in mind once more I debated just painting the back of two exhisting bookcases she has to bring more interest to them.  But even that seemed a bit boring for my 11 year old with stars in her eyes.  Although I love wallpaper and I mean love it I was not interested in buying it for this project.  The reason being I wanted to do each section of this bookcase in a different pattern and while most wall paper ranges in price from $15 to $50 per single roll (you buy minimum two single rolls when buying paper) that was really not an option budget wise.   I had Mod Podge on hand as well as Elmers white glue.  It was time to take a trip to Michael's to see what
I could dig up.

It did not take long to discover all the lovely patterns the scrapbooking section had in their scrapbooking paper.  Just the right colors too!  The best part is it was on sale.  Not that it was out of budget to begin with but it is always nice when a project only cost you $8.00!

So with glues on hand I went to work.  I spread a thin coat of the watered down Mod Podge on the shelving unit itself and one on the back side of the paper.  Then once the paper was down to give it an even look I did one final even layer of the glue on the finished side of the paper.
Although you can't see it in this photo this paper was fantastic and was a shiny silver!  I did not worry about matching up patterns exactly.

Fun Tiffany blue stripes!

The glue drying so it looks a bit uneven here. 

Some black Damask pattern to livin it up!

She hsa two identical book shelves but I did each section on each one a different paper just
in the same color way.  I did repeat the black Damask and the silver on each side though.

Shelves side by side in contrastin papers.

Here is one unit done.

Little Miss Whimsy was in charge of the photography for this job and I just realized she did not get a good shot of the shelves done side by side.  Below is the best that we have.  I will make sure when I feature the completed room I take a better picture!

I hope you gathered some inspiration for a project using scrapbooking paper!  I am linking up with the following bloggers this week:  A Big Thank You to them all for hosting!
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  1. So chic, I bet she loves this. This is such a great way to personalize a piece. You did a great job, thanks for sharing.

    Cha Cha

  2. Those are darling Kim. Can't wait to see what you put in them.

  3. Very nice. I love your choice of patterns and colors. I bet Ms. Tween loves it.

  4. You did a fantastic job!! Scrapbook paper is awesome!!!


  5. What a great idea to use the paper. It really is a fun way to do your daughters bookshelves. Did she get to pick the papers. I have done this with fabric and Modge Podge too.

  6. Such a great idea! Wallpaper is really expensive for small projects like this, and the scrapbooking paper looks wonderful. I adore the Tiffany blue stripe. Kathy

  7. This will make a great background to highlight all her pretties. Fun!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  8. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  9. That is a stunning transformation!

  10. They look great and I am sure she will love it till the next remodel.


  11. How funky!! Perfect for a tween, I bet she loves it.

  12. I've heard that scrapbooking paper works that way! I bet she loves it! She has a great set of book the white.


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