Bookshelf- cheap and custom :)

The hourglass is beginning to run out of time. I have exactly 29 days before classes and the most hectic semester of my life begin. I have dedicated my huge DIY and project time to making sure that the office is completed and ready to go for many long hours of work. Since I am going to become a high school English teacher I have begun to collect a large number of books that I will share with students in my classroom. That way each student is able to read something that they prefer and it is a classroom activity. So far at my parent's house I have a couple hundred and at my own home I am bordering close to the 100 book mark. So it was time to get a book shelf. Once again I run into the dilemma where I want something that is cute and custom but I don't have the budget for it. Luckily Justin tends to have a few tricks up his sleeves so we went to WalMart and found just a standard 5 shelf white bookcase.

These bookshelves are cheap at only 25.84 a piece but they look so cheappp and booooringgg. So! My excellent creative love Justin had an idea on how to liven up the cardboard on the back. Magically we used some spray adhesive and some great Moroccan patterned green fabric that we found at Hobby Lobby here in town:

I sort of want to make it into a dress and wear it all around! Yay! But it was dedicated for the book shelf so we got it all dressed up!

We actually think it may have made the entire structure a little bit more solid since we backed it with the fabric as well. Another great touch that we added was the corner thingys. (I dunno what they are called.) They seem to add more structure plus I think they look pretty darn cute!

I still have to figure out the perfect accessorizing for my bookcase it always takes me a few weeks to tweek it exactly how I want it but! Here's what it looks like so far! A little less WalMart and a little bit more custom!

I don't know about you guys but I love it! I think it's the perfect addition to my office! Hopefully I won't fill it up with books for my future classroom too fast!

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  1. What a great idea! We have 4 of those book cases. They are so boring to look at. Might just have to try this :)

  2. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  3. I love what you did to this bookshelf to spiffy it up! Very cute.

  4. Brilliant idea using the cast iron hooks! It looks great...:) xo

  5. haah! my boy and I constantly bicker over his 3 "woodgrain" walmart book cases. I loathe them! I know what my next project is! thanks~!


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