Last month I went to Habitat ReStore with Barbara from Chase the Star and along with the lamps that we bought to re-do, I scored this solid guy for a mere $49.
I rolled the burlap out on the floor to ensure that I cut it to the proper width and then proceeded to measure the space between the shelves and cut the individual pieces. Adhering the burlap is easiest if you lay the bookcase down on its back.
I covered the back of the case with a nice, fairly thick coating of Matte Mod Podge and then gently pressed the burlap into it. A thicker layer of the Mod Podge allowed me to sort of “float the fabric into the exact position I wanted. Using matte (as opposed to gloss) ensured that the burlap retained its texture and color. Once dry, I trimmed any excess fabric with a utility knife.
I had plans to antique this, or add nailhead trim or some other embellishment… then I ran out of steam. The more I looked at this, the more I decided I liked the simplicity of the beachy vibe the color and fabric created. All done, then.
I am sure at some point, I will get a wild hair and decide to mess with it a little more, but for now I am satisfied to just keep shifting items around on the shelves and play with it that way.
By the way, I mentioned the other week that I took a fab shopping trip to Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach…
I am still loving my knock off version of their blue pottery, but I am also happy I picked up this little crown shaped flower pot. I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do! Now I have a place to put them both!
So for $49, four cans of spray paint and a little burlap, I think I did alright. Do you have any furniture projects in the works?
Sherry Calamia says
I love the way your bookcase turned out with the burlap backing! Great idea!
Angie Holden says
Shannon Fox says
I bet that piece was from The Great Indoors! I have fours pieces from there and it looks just like them. I liked the crappy-shabby construction. LOL. It sure looks wonderful now and I love the burlap backing 😉 It's gorge!
Laura / The Shed by Pet Scribbles says
Lovely! The burlap backing is a great idea! (I also am in love with that little crown you picked up when shopping!)
What a beautiful transformation. Love it! Visiting from DearCreatives.com Theresa
Megan Hackney says
I love the burlap backing – what a great idea! I really need to go to to a Habitat ReStore soon!
Good Time Charlie says
I am loving this project, and the burlap back! What a great idea! Pinning this. By the way, I have a friend that lives down south, on a visit a couple of years ago, she took me to Rogers Garden. We were there forever. I am looking at a little bowl I bought there that resides in my favorite book case. Good thing I can't just hop in my car and go there. I could just grab my pillow, a blanket , and find a corner of that store to live in.
Kim Wilson says
I love that you lined the back with burlap! So smart and inexpensive. The bookcase turned out beautiful! (pinned & shared)
lynn cockrell says
Your bookcase redo looks great and I especially like the burlap backing. The items you chose to display are great as well/1