Thursday, January 6, 2011

bookcase snafu

ever done this?  its a bookshelf for my craft room. 

yep, the backing is suppose to be BLACK!   but its backwards!!!!  26 nails later, it wont come off without ripping.  it was an onsale and cheap reasonable bookshelf......but now what do i do?

my son helped me....and i left the room for a few....when i came back i even questioned him if this was correct, but he had it flipped over.  always always trust a mothers gut instinct right? 

ok, here are my ideas----but feel FREE to pipe in at any time.

1.  paint the cardboard backing
2.  cover backing with fabric  (but will it shift all the time with me moving stuff like books/mags around)
3.  cover backing with linen or canvas  (see #2)
4.  cover backing with some fun stick on wallpaper type stuff
5.  toss and start over (not an option, but i just had to admit i thought about it)

well?

17 comments:

Kristen said...

How about decoupaging fabric to the back? I have no idea how easy or difficult it would be, but the results look good here.

http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/fabric_nightstands.html

Laurel H. said...

#1 or #4. But #4 may mean that you'll need to redo it at some point. The painting may last longer.

Cathy said...

paint that puppy!

Leah said...

Paint or glue fabric to it...

Just make sure you let either dry for a good long time (fully cure) before letting any books touch it...

Caro said...

Just get a can of spray paint and call it good. Don't overthink it.

Heidi said...

I agree with painting or some modgepodge. I know how much you love modgepodge.. get to it girl! You could even use "Authentic" fabric.. how awesome would that look!!!

Heck.. I'm starting to think this was the best "accident" ever!

Megan said...

spray paint!

Needled Mom said...

Been there.....done that!!! I love the idea of fabrics, but guess the easiest is to paint it.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I'm not so sure that backing will do too well with paint or anything wet. Any shelves I have gotten similar to that have a backing that is like heavy cardboard, so I think if you paint it or use modge podge or something wet like that, it would bubble or warp.

I would go with #4 using the sticky shelf paper that would normally go on shelves or in drawers. Or use sticky cork or mirror tiles to cover the back.

Hey there's something...use mirror tiles and it will look like you have twice as much stuff!

I'll be interested to see how you solve this!

MGM

Teresa said...

If you're like me, the mirror tiles sound good, but it would also show twice the dust bunnies.
I would hit the perimeter with double sided tape and put fabric up. You could change it up if your taste changes - or with the season.
But then I'm a quilter/fabriholic.

PaTcHwOrK jEnN said...

paint or due number 4. I think a black and white design would look great.

mickey said...

Spray paint. Or leave it for contrast.

Jamie said...

Painting sounds easy, but decoupage sounds like more FUN!

Cheryl said...

Paint! use several light coats; this way the cardboard will not get soaked. I thinnk anything else will only draw one's eye to the piece. Have you ever had or seen how the header lining in a car loosens,and falls down? You may end up with the same problem if you glue fabric.

Linda said...

Yes, I'm not sure about the Modge Podge. I think it would bubble it. I'd go with spray paint or contact paper (sticky kind).

Val said...

I vote for painting it!!!

Impera_Magna said...

I like Mary Grace's suggestion of the self-stick cork "tiles" or squares... it'd be lighter and add texture/interest to the bookcase.

Of course, me... I'd get the spray paint and go at it!