wrapping paper (I used 1 roll, just depends on what you are covering)
double sided tape
Step 1: Remove everything from bookshelves, incluing removable shelves.
(Side note: these storage baskets from IKEA are AWESOME! Toys are contained and our living room doesn't look like a toy explosion, but everything is readily available. Our rule of thumb, if there are more toys than bins, we need to donate.) Tangent-check!
Step 2. Measure each shelf/section.
Step 3: Unroll the paper on a hard surface (I did this on my kitchen floor.) Measure out each section on the wrapping paper and cut them out.
I tried to flip it, but you get the idea...
Step 4: Apply several strips of double sided tape, peel tape backing, and stick to the bookshelf. Tip: Start with the top middle and then stick down the top corners, smooth out the middle all the way down and then tape the outside edges and bottom. After it's on the bookshelf, use the exacto knife to clean up any edges.
Step 5: Repeat in all sections.
Step 6: Add shelves back onto bookshelf.
Step 7: Put items back on your bookshelf!
(Sorry it's sideways...I'm having trouble switching them around.)
Close-up of my shelves
It's so much easier to see everything and I'm very pleased with the result! Best part...final cost: $4 for wrapping paper!! Everything else we had!
I couldn't just stop there....I have a matching glass cabinet that was moved to our bedroom when we got our desk. It holds cookbooks and various decor items that are not currently in use...not what I want to look at every time I'm in my room. I used the same technique, except I didn't find wrapping paper I liked, so I used...scrapbook paper!!!! (Total cost: $4...12 sheets of paper at 50% off from Hobby Lobby!)
I just used the double-sided tape in the corners of each piece and stuck it to the glass. Then, I opened the door and used regular satin tape to cover the seams. Viola!
Do you have any tricks for scrapbook paper or wrapping paper besides this use? I'd love to know! There are so many great papers out there just waiting for a new purpose!!!!! :-)
Happy measuring, cutting, and taping!