Once upon a time a young wife requested a special book shelf. She looked and looked and couldn’t find the right piece for the right price and so she said to Favorite First Born, “Gee, I wish your mom could make me a bookshelf.” And so our story begins.
This past fall I had my very first client! Woot woot! Yeah me! I have done lots and lots of repurposing over the years but most has been for my family and friends. Years ago I had my own decorating business, but I worked for builders and purchased most of the items I used. I also worked with homeowners on their window treatments, but I subcontracted out the work. This time…. it was all me! I have to say a really big thank you and shout out to Meagan and Geoff for trusting me with their project. It was a super learning experience for me and I love it!
It turns out that I had been holding some old bifold doors hostage in the hopes of using them for just such a purpose.
These will make beautiful sides for a very unique bookshelf. I removed the hinges and had Big Jon cut them into two pieces each. It wasn’t quite in half, but that’s OK.
Isn’t he cute in his Minnesota Twins cap? He is definitely my favorite carpenter. 🙂 Next I got a 1 x 12 and measured for the shelves. Side note: any old patio furniture can be used as a saw horse!
Be careful to cut the shelves square or you will end up with a very crooked bookshelf! Now it’s time to put it together.
I have to say, I’m quite proud of how this is turning out! I had this idea to do a decorative backing that could peek thru from behind the books so off to the fabric store! Just a little note here. Lesson learned – always purchase the fabric prior to the paint. It is much easier to match paint to a fabric swatch than to match fabric to a paint swatch. Just sayin’….
Any who… After hours and hours at the fabric store searching for the perfect fabric in the perfect shade to match the already purchased paint I was ready to give it a go. For this technique I used your basic every day Modge Podge. All you do is apply the Modge Podge with a foam roller or brush to the plywood. At first I didn’t use enough, so I suggest you apply it liberally!
Next, gently lay your fabric onto the plywood and smooth out the wrinkles. Then apply the Modge Podge again over the top of the fabric and let the whole thing dry.
The fabric backing will now have a dry, crispy feel to it. Even tho you expect it, I’m always surprised at the texture after I use Modge Podge. Lastly, you can trim the fabric edges with a bit of sandpaper so there are no dangling threads :).
I love the way it came together. This is a one-of-a-kind bookshelf made from repurposed items. Needless to say, I think the client was very happy – yeah!
Thanks, again, to Meghan and Geoff for giving me the opportunity to do this project for you. Now, what to do with the other halves of those bi-folds. Any ideas?