Festive holiday bookcase DIY: Try it this weekend!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have lots of left-overs to eat today!  Today I am sharing a trick that you can implement this weekend; just in time for holiday decorating!  Here you'll see how I turned our antique "secretary"/hutch into a fresh and festive piece of furniture without paint, or glue!  

SUPPLIES:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Bookshelf or bookcase of some kind
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Adhesive spray
  • Foam board
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After a few preparations, you're on your way to turning your bookcase, (even your built-in bookcase) into a fun holiday accent! 

Preparations first....

1. Empty those shelves!  Now you are ready to get your measurements.....

If you have a piece of furniture that you cannot remove the shelves from, (like mine below) you will need to measure the space between each shelf.  Since I couldn't remove my shelves,  I had four spaces to measure  (I had three shelves).  

 One great thing about this idea, is that it's temporary!  If you don't want to paint your piece, or glue fabric/paper to it, this is a great option.  You can remove your foam boards anytime, or, make a change to your boards with each changing season (or mood!) 

One great thing about this idea, is that it's temporary!  If you don't want to paint your piece, or glue fabric/paper to it, this is a great option.  You can remove your foam boards anytime, or, make a change to your boards with each changing season (or mood!) 

If your shelves CAN be removed, this step just got easier for you!  Remove all your shelves, and get one measurement of the back of your piece.  It will be a big rectangle or square once all your shelves are removed (You'll have a width and height measurement) 

2.  Cut your foam board according to your measurement(s).  I ended up with 4 pieces of cut foam board (each of mine were a different measurement because my shelves were not equal distance from each other).  I labeled the back of each board (left side/right) so I would remember how to place the board into the spaces once the fabric was on each board! 

3.  Place your fabric face down on a flat surface.  Set your foam board (s) onto the fabric, making sure to place it according to your label on each board.  The, using a permanent marker, trace each board onto your fabric. 

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Continue lying your boards onto your fabric.  I placed mine right next to each other (so they were touching) in order to ensure that the plaid fabric was lined up properly once all the boards were placed into the shelving unit.  

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4. Once you're done tracing your board(s) then you are ready to cut your fabric.  Use a fabric scissors for smooth, easy cuts! 

 my original board already had contact paper on it from the last time I used this idea. I applied spray adhesive right over that contact paper, and the fabric stuck to it fine. 

my original board already had contact paper on it from the last time I used this idea. I applied spray adhesive right over that contact paper, and the fabric stuck to it fine. 

5.  Spray small sections onto your board(s) at a time. That way you are working with smaller pieces of fabric, making it much easier to smooth your fabric onto the board.   (see photo above) 

Once all your pieces are covered in fabric, you are ready to place them into your book case/hutch....

 Horrible picture, but now you can see all the fabric covered boards have been placed into this piece

Horrible picture, but now you can see all the fabric covered boards have been placed into this piece

Now you've got a fun and festive backdrop to work with for your holiday decorating.  Or,  keep what you had in the unit before!  The festive backing alone is all you need for that added holiday feel!  

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What do you think? Easy peasy, right?  RIGHT.  This project will take you 30 minutes or less!  I love my plaid shelves, and when the holiday season is over, I can simply remove my boards and go back to a plain gray background.  

 Ahhhh another horrible picture.  Sorry!  It looks so much prettier in person. Lol. 

Ahhhh another horrible picture.  Sorry!  It looks so much prettier in person. Lol. 

Do you have any great holiday decorating tricks???

If you try today's DIY,  I'd love to see your finished product!  Post your photo on Novo's Facebook Page HERE! 

Enjoy your weekend! 

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