Time for a Bookshelf Makeover!



You may turn to your tablet for a good read rather than heading to a bookstore to browse new titles – or perhaps you’re just the opposite. Either way, there’s no reason for your bookshelves to appear drab and unloved. Bookshelf makeovers don’t require a lot of DIY experience and have the power to transform just about any room in your home.

Take a Look Behind the Books – Bookshelves with plain (rather than open) backs offer the perfect opportunity for a revamp. And, the options are both limitless and bespoke. All you need is some wallpaper, fabric, or a small can of paint. Simply decorate the space behind the books for a fresh or classic feeling. And, you hardly need to limit yourself to one color or pattern. This is a chance to go wild.

Paint the Frames – Older bookshelves that seem to have seen as many wars and years as the stories they hold just need a bit of TLC to look and feel new. A basic coat of paint works wonders for cheap shelving, and new varnish is just the cure for vintage wood shelves.

Shed Some Light – If you have stacks and volumes of books crammed onto your shelves, a little bit of light can transform them into a centerpiece. LED strip lighting affixed to the top of each shelf is an affordable option – or you could always wire feature lights into place.

Declutter or Group Items on Shelves – Some bookshelves appear to be way too full and cluttered – even if they hold more than reading materials. Weed out anything that doesn’t belong and then create vignettes or small groups of items. Your shelves won’t just appear neater; they’ll draw visitors into your space.

And, if you really can’t control the clutter or don’t have the patience to wallpaper your shelves, consider adding doors to the front of your shelves. Sure, they’ll be cupboards rather than bookshelves, but it could be the makeover your space needs. 

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