Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Painted Beadboard Bookcase

I won’t bore you with the long drawn-out story of my battle with finding a craft space in my home.  I am so frustrated with the whole situation.  How is it that we have a very good-sized, beautiful home but I can’t seem to be satisfied and I stay frustrated with the fact that I don’t have a room for my craft stuff. 

Uuuhhhh……get over yourself, Amy.  Seriously!

Good news!  I think I found a solution!  Now, my craft space has gone from the carriage house (our mother-in-law suite above the garage), to the guest bedroom upstairs, to the dining room downstairs, back up to the guest bedroom upstairs, and now it’s coming back downstairs and sharing a space with Emily’s playroom.

There is a good, unused corner in her playroom that I decided I wanted to occupy.  It will be perfect because Emily can play to her little heart’s content and I can do some crafting and/or blogging while she plays!  Win, win for everybody!

I didn’t want anything fancy or expensive.  I needed to do this on the cheap but yet also try to match the décor already in the playroom.  So I went to my home away from home Target and got a white 5-shelf bookcase {$30} and a white desk that was on sale {$80}.  The desk was a little more than I was hoping to pay but was the perfect size for the space! 

I got home and put together the bookcase.  I knew that if I nailed down that flimsy white backing to the back of the bookcase, it would leave me bored.  I knew I could do something more to “shnazzy” it up a bit and really make it stand out.

So I decided I would paint it!!  I had some $5 oops paint from Lowe’s that would match the blue in the playroom perfectly!  Great idea, right?? 




I am an amateur painter.  It’s not my forte.  Apparently, the paint wouldn’t stick to whatever this backing was made of.  Dangit!  What now??

I figured I’d just wallpaper it.  Great.  But I don’t have any stupid wallpaper. 

Waaaaaiiittt a minute!  Yes I do!  About a month ago I bought a roll of that paintable beadboard wallpaper from Lowes.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I wanted it and I knew I’d find a project for it sooner or later.  The lightbulb went off!

I broke out my spray adhesive, cut some strips of the beadboard wallpaper to fit the backing and glued it down!


At this point I was so tickled that I almost left it white.  But I just knew that pop of blue color coming through would be to die for so I went ahead and painted it.


I am so impatient and almost died waiting for it to dry!  But I was good and waited.  Once it was fully dry, I brought it inside and nailed it to the back of my bookshelf.

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Isn’t it perfect??  I am going to get some baskets today to put on the shelves and hold my craft stuff!  I was going to wait until then to show you guys, but I just couldn’t wait any longer.  I am so thrilled with how it turned out!!!  I love the beadboard and I love the blue color!  I can’t wait to show you when the space is completely finished!

So what about you?  Have you ever done a project with paintable wallpaper? 




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M: DIY Showoff Project Parade, Metamorphosis Monday, Made by You Mondays, Just Something I Whipped Up, Today’s Creative Blog

T: Get Your Craft On

W: Passionately Artistic, Twin Dragonfly Designs, Creative Spark @ Clean & Scentsible

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S:  I Heart Naptime, Weekend Wrap-Up, Be Different, Act Normal, A Little Lovely

Su:  Under The Table & Dreaming, Remodelaholic


  1. way to improvise! The pop of color looks great :)

  2. this looks wonderful! you are awesome for not getting discouraged and figuring out a way to make it work--the end result is fantastic! excited to see how you decorate it :)

    great job!

    katie@little things bring smiles

  3. Love the bead board and the color! Perfect. Thanks for linking up with Lemon Tree today!

  4. It looks great! I love the fun pop of color!

  5. I've never used paintable wallpaper, but I think your project is brilliant. I love the way it came out! Now I'm looking around my house for ways I could use it myself!

  6. It does look pretty amazing! I love the beadboard and painting it was brilliant. The color is so relaxing. Great idea! How much is that stuff at Lowe's??
    I'd love for you to share this on my link party today! Have a great weekend!

  7. Looks great!! I would love to try this soon.
    I'm your newest follower! :)

  8. Great idea, I replaced a back with actual bead board........wish I had tried the wallpaper. Looks wonderful.

  9. I'm a new follower from Friday Remodelaholic...

    I actually had to laugh with you because I have the same white shelves in my daughter room that I wanted to paint...Now I know for sure you can't...LOL

    Great job on the paintable the idea!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

  10. I have that same bookcase plus two narrower ones. I may do the same thing one day as I have been wanting to use that wallpaper as well. I think it looks great. Good job!

  11. Putting some color inside that bookcase sure changes it. Looks good.

    I host a party on Wednesdays that is a showcase for bloggers with less than 500 followers.... and I would like to invite you! (the linky is open now)

    xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean's Decor and More!

    I am # 141 in the Met Monday party.

  12. Nice! I do like the color there :D .

    You got an interesting effect with that paint on the original backing, too. Looks cool! Sell it as original art, maybe? ;)

    Here via Clean & Scentsible

  13. Love the blue! I have heard a lot about that beadboard wallpaper but have never actually seen it around here. Great save!! Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark!
    Jenn :)

  14. Love the blue! I have heard a lot about that beadboard paper but I haven't seen any around here. Great save! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark.
    Jenn :)
    P.S. I really like your blog design!

  15. This looks great! I really love the color you chose. Great job!

  16. This. is. so. brilliant! Thank you for solving my bookcase woes (the woe being I want something pretty, but don't want to spend much). I'm definitely doing this, and I can't wait!

  17. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!


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