Wednesday, February 27, 2013

$2 Office Shelves Update


Yep, you read that right.  $2.  Mind you, I had to travel all the way to Florida to get the paper for this little update (I live in Massachusetts) but before you think I have lost my mind I just happened to be in FL for vacation and did not actually fly all the way there for Target dollar bin paper.

I saw this exact paper used as backing for built-ins on Pam's blog about a month ago.

Wrapping paper as wallpaper

I immediately pinned the image and was at Target that very day scouring the dollar bins for the paper she used.  Sadly, not a roll in sight.  I went home and searched wallpapers and other wrapping paper sources but couldn't find anything close.  Actually, that's not entirely true.  I could get a roll of similar wallpaper on Spoonflower but it was $60 a roll, and when compared to the ONE DOLLAR A ROLL I knew Pam had paid I just couldn't bring myself to shell out.

Fast forward to our Florida vacation a few weeks ago and while checking my Instagram feed (click here to follow me) I saw that Carmel had scored the exact same paper at her local Target.  She is the sweetest thing ever and even offered to mail me a roll when I mentioned my sad, quatrefoil paper-less existence, but on a last ditch effort I swung by a Target near my in-laws' house on the very day we were leaving FL and, cue the angels singing, there was a bin full of quatrefoil paper just sitting here waiting for a good home.

I feverishly bought 6 rolls and very carefully transported them back to Boston in my carry on bag.

And here, at last, they are on my office built-ins.





I followed a pretty simple process for putting the paper up.  I stuck strips of double sided scrapbooking tape along the top edge of the shelf back, where the top of the paper would go.


I cut a strip of paper slightly longer than what I needed, then peeled off the paper backing on the tape, and carefully lined up the top edge of the paper with the top edge of the shelf and smoothed and pressed it into place.  For the other edges I used a straight edge (anything will do, I used a paint stirring stick!) and a sharp razor blade to cut the edges precisely.  Then I lifted the paper from the bottom, gave a light spray on the wall with spray adhesive, and smoothed and pressed the paper into place.  

A quick afternoon's work and I love the outcome.  How about a before and after shot?


Thanks to Pam for the great inspiration!  Are you running to Target yet to score your very own $1 quatrefoil paper??

One piece left in the rebirth of these built-ins...I'll soon be "Shaking" things up a little.  And that's a hint :)

Linking up to Home Stories A to Z, Liz Marie Blog, Crafty Scrappy Happy, and...

21 comments:

  1. I love this in a major way! Now you have me wanting to hit up Target today to score some! It made such a big difference!

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  2. they look awesome! love the backing- it's perfect! pam's look awesome, too! ;)

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  3. They look great. Would look great on my bookcase too so yes, I'd love to run to Tar-Jay super quick ... when you say the dollar bin do you mean the aisles right at the store entrance or was your paper back in the stationary or other section of the store? Thanks :)

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  4. I can't believe this paper is from target! I love the pattern, and it fits perfectly with the style of your shelves.

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    1. I know...who knew Target would be the place to go for "wallpaper?!" :)

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  5. Looks lovely! What a wonderful Florida souvenir:)

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  6. LOVE how this turned out! i really want to do something similar on my shelves but didn't want anything permanent. i'll have to try it out your way!!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  7. So glad you found it, Jennifer ~ the built-in looks great! Isn't that the best bang for your buck ever! Thanks for the sweet shout-out, too!

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  8. What a great update for a few dollars!! I need a few more easy updates like this, mine always seem to take forever :) I think this is calling my bookshelf's name!

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  9. LOVE! Looks great! Can't wait for Target to hit Canada! I'll likely still be driving to the states for the good stuff though!

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  10. Great update! Love the new paper and how fresh it looks!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  11. Just found your blog through 'Honey We're Home' and I love it (and your shelf project too)! Great post! I'm also a mom from MA and just started a blog of my own last month. Stop by if you have time!

    Susan
    simplymodernhome.com

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    1. Just poked around your blog...it looks great! Really clean and lots of beautiful inspiration.

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  12. I had snagged some of this paper, too, and now I'm seeing it all over the blogs! I must say, though, this is my favorite use for it so far! Your built-ins look beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    -Abby =)

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  13. Love this! SO glad you found the paper - looks so great!

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  14. This looks amazing Jennifer! Everytime I go to Target I pick up a roll of their wrapping paper, but never thought of using it like this! Great job!

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  15. I've seen this and thought it would be neat but I'm shocked at just how great it is... I mean it really really changed things. I'll be curious how it holds up too. Will you keep us posted?!

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  16. Came over from Pam's blog to say how awesome this looks! Glad you found the paper!

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  17. No way! $2!!! That is absolutely incredible! It looks amazing! Definitely going to have to look for some of that paper next time I'm there!

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  18. I love this update. It looks fabulous with the paper. Great find!!
    Ruth

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  19. I used that exact same paper a while back to back my bookshelves! Love that Target $1 aisle! My bookshelves are a dark stained wood, check them out here: http://sweetparrishplace.blogspot.com/2013/01/bookshelf-update-cheap-and-easy.html

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