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.