I was invited to participate in a project hosted by Wayfair. They challenged a few bloggers to take one of their products and change it creatively. I love a good challenge, so I decided to go for it!
The product I chose was a simple 3-tier bookcase. I had a few ideas immediately when I saw it, so I checked the measurements and decided this piece was for me. Giftcards.com sent a $50 gift card to pay for any supplies I would need for the challenge. Awesome!
I had planned to use this bookcase in my son’s room as a toy organizer/bookcase. Originally, I had intended to paint it, but after assembling it and moving it to his room, I decided I liked the natural look.
However, I still wanted to make some changes to make it unique and fit with the transportation theme in his room.
One of the reasons I chose this bookcase was that when I checked the measurements, I realized my favorite organizing toy bins would fit perfectly! They are fairly cheap and hold up to a lot of abuse from children! I picked up a few at Target.
I didn’t want the bookcase to look so boring, so I decided to add a pattern to the back. I went to the fabric store where I found this great fabric.
I raided my hubby’s supply of scrap wood and found a thin piece of paneling that was perfect for my plan! I traced one of the shelves from the bookcase to make sure my lines were perfectly straight (plus it made it super simple 😉 ).
We cut the paneling down to the size I needed.
I applied spray adhesive to the back of the fabric and smoothed it out on the paneling.
Then, I put it in the back of the bookcase and put in the new bins.
In keeping with the transportation theme in his room, I found these cute wooden shapes at the fabric store. They were EXACTLY what I had in mind! Don’t you just love when that happens?
I thought the front of the bookcase looked rather boring, so I came up with a plan to incorporate a “road” into my makeover. At first, I thought I would paint it, but then I had an idea that would make it even simpler, and probably better looking! I found some black duct tape in a roll, and a sheet of yellow. I had no idea they sold duct tape in sheets now. Very cool.
I cut a strip of the black tape and put it across the top front of the bookcase. I snipped little pieces of yellow and made my “road” SO easily!
Then I glued the smaller vehicles onto the road…
…and the larger vehicles onto the fabric bins. I used the same spray adhesive as with the fabric backing and they are stuck on there really well!
Then it was time to accessorize! I grabbed his books, both old and new, and added his little telephone bank that his great-grandmother gave him.
I love how he now has a perfect spot for one of his favorite games, Perplexus.
My hubby made the little red sailboat when he was a boy, and I finally found the perfect spot to display it!
There you go. Simple changes to transform a plain bookcase into something decorative and unique. This was such a fun challenge, and I just LOVE how it turned out!
Using a simple 3-tiered bookcase, he now has a perfect spot to keep his toys organized and looking great!
Thanks to Wayfair for inviting me to participate in this challenge. I was given the choice of a Wayfair product to use in my home to complete this challenge as well as a gift card from Giftcards.com to purchase supplies toward this project. You can follow Wayfair on Pinterest and Facebook to see more of their products.