May 27, 2011

A Bookcase Project...

I have a project to share!  This one has been a long time coming, but I finally got around to finishing it last week. 
I love the results!  

First, I'll share my idea and my process:

Lately, I've been dying over rooms that have this paint color in them:
I'm obsessed with its deep and royal feel, and knew I had to incorporate it somehow.


I also love how a simple painted back can bring a bookcase to life:


So, I decided to bring both concepts into my living room, by painting the back of my bookcase in a gorgeous deep teal.
Love it.

However, I had to make my husband love it as well.  This is a man who won't paint anything a non-neutral because he's SO certain we'll be moving at any moment and he doesn't want to repaint.  I say whatevs to that, but I would also like to keep a bit of harmony in my home, so I came up with a better idea.
I decided to paint removable foam board and place it in the back of the bookcase, giving the look of a painted bookshelf, but without the commitment.

Here is my process (if I can call it that, it doesn't involve much!)

Before:


The supplies:

I didn't get a great pic of the foam board I used, but it can be found at any craft store (or online here) and is called just that- foam board (or foam core-either one!)  I purchased two large white boards and then measured and cut them to the right size with an x-acto knife.
 
 I couldn't find the exact paint color I wanted at Hobby Lobby, so I mixed two colors together that I figured would make the color I wanted.  I used Americana acrylic craft paints in black forest green and deep midnight blue.  I wish I could say that I have an exact formula for how I mixed the two, but I pretty much just mixed until I got the color I wanted!  I would say the ratio was close to 2/3 blue and 1/3 green.

Voila!



And here is the bookcase with the painted pieces in place:
I love the color!


Now here it is all styled and pretty:

I love the results and even my husband is happy with it.  
The best part is that I can change it up at any time with paint or even fabric.  What a cheap and easy project!  Hope you like it!

Have a great weekend!



Images From:
1. Pinterest via From The Right Bank  2. Pinterest via Flickr
All the rest- Me 

29 comments:

  1. That is gorgeous what you've done! Hum... very inspiring...

    Just a Silhouette

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  2. What a difference, blown away! And you have mad styling skills. That's always a struggle for me!

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  3. this is gorgeous! you are SO good at styling.. the colors, accessories, everything! :)

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  4. Super cool project! Me: I steal idea. A paint color you might love is Farrow and Ball "Hague Blue." Very similar and regal indeed. Then again, you seem to have it covered.

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  5. I'm so thrilled that you guys are digging my project! Thanks for all your comments and compliments. Dustin, I'll absolutely remember that Farrow and Ball color for future projects. Thank you!

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  6. Oh my. That is GENIUS! I can't wait to try this in my kitchen. I would also LOVE to link to this if you didn't mind. I know my readers would go nuts over this idea!

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  7. Of course Rachel! Link away!

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  8. This just looks great!! So bold and charming!!

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  9. I've been wanting to paint the back of my bookshelf for awhile now, but haven't wanted the hassle for something I may change later! This is an amazing idea! Only one question: how did you attach the boards to the back of the case? I'd rather know what works than experiment myself ;)

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  10. Hi Christin! So glad this idea helped you find a solution!
    To answer your question, I didn't need to attach the foam board because its fairly sturdy and stayed in place nicely on its own. Also, the books help to keep it there as well. If yours needs some extra stability, you might try a product called Plasti-Tak. You can find it at the craft store, and it's a reusable adhesive that teachers use a lot for hanging things on walls, etc. I bet it would work well! Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Beautiful! That color is perfection.

    xo
    Jessica {The Aestate}

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  12. Just found your blog. Loving it. Great job styling the bookcase. :)

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  13. Hi,
    I have been searching around trying to find a solution to our white shelves as well. What type of paint did you use on the foam boards?
    Thank you

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  14. umma2, I used basic craft acrylic paint that comes in the little bottles at the craft store. I think the brand was Folk Art, but for this project I'm sure any brand of acrylic paint would do. Thanks for your question and I hope that helps!

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  15. Wow I can't even get over how much of a difference that made! I've been wanting to do this & now it's going to happen after my move!

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  16. Emily,
    Are the pieces of foam board cut to the dimensions of each shelf? My bookcase has adjustable shelves and a small space behind each shelf. Was wondering if I should remove all shelving, cover the back wall with foam board and then put shelves in place OR cut each piece to fit each shelf in varying sizes. Thoughts?

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  17. FiestaPrincess, great question! I cut my pieces to the dimensions of each shelf, but it sounds like it might be easier for you to put the foam board behind your shelves as one large piece. Cutting the board wasn't difficult, but I will say it was tedious! Thanks for your question and I hope that helped!

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  18. I might do this for the bookshelves in my living room… .There are no backs so I might rig it to create depth and add a little moodiness to the room? Love this DIY. How much is foam board/piece??

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  19. I love this, I never thought of using foam board!! The colour is stunning also - good work! :D xXx

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  20. You are the answer I've been looking for. thanks so much!

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  21. I used latex paint to paint my foam board and it warped. I put it under heavy books for a week and they are still warped. Did you have any issues with this?

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  22. Did you have an issue with warping? I rolled on latex wall paint and my boards warpped. Now I'm out all that money for the boards, grr. I really need to lighted up the back of my entertainment center but I don't want to waist the money if it's just goint to warp again.

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  23. Hi Andrea and thanks for your question. I did have my boards bow in a tiny bit, but it wasn't an issue once they were placed in the book case. As far as serious warping, I can't say for sure. Maybe if you bought a small tube of acrylic paint (usually around 99 cents) you could test it on the back of a board you already have? Also, watch the amount of paint you use, because that could possibly cause warping if you use too much. Hope that helps!

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  24. I'm completely loving this. I'm about to tackle a similar project and am so nervous about the dark color! But this looks amazing!

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  25. wow, simply stunning!

    I was wondering if you could make something similar with custom foam core prints, where the picture is already printed on. Something like the ones here.

    I guess I'm just worried about the ink getting messed up with the cutting or potential warping.

    Thanks!

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  26. Hi GeorgeT! So happy you like it! What a great idea to use pre-printed foam core! I will say, cutting the foam core with an exacto knife wasn't easy. Getting a perfect cut was hard, so that could be an issue if you go in this direction. As far as warping, I wouldn't think there would be any since the foam core has already dried once shipped to you. I've never worked with that kind of foam core before, so I can't be 100 percent sure, but I hope I helped a bit! :)

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  27. What a fantastic idea! Just what I was looking for, as I also have a hubby that is hard to convince to officially change anything major!

    www.lifelovelarson.blogspot.com

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  28. I did the same thing! I love your look and the intense transformation (but not permanent transformation) it makes. I had seen the idea posted on Pinterest and finally got around to doing my own this weekend. I hope you will stop by and take a look: http://itsalwaysruetten.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-cheaply-personalize-bookcase.html!

    Thanks!

    JQ

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