Customized Bookshelf with a Wall Peel
We are always looking for innovative and inexpensive ways to improve a space. Today’s post is another simple example of how we took something average and made it a standout with just a little ingenuity. In this case, it was this bookshelf. These can be purchased at Target or you can find similar ones online (Amazon, Wayfair, or Overstock all have similar pieces). This piece was something the client already owned and wanted us to incorporate it into the space. No problem!
The instant I saw it, I knew I wanted to dress this little guy up, and I shared my idea with the client. I wanted to place a map on the backboard of the shelf so that when you looked at it you’ d see a map as the background instead of just the plain board.
Although she wasn’t quite sure how it would look, she “trusted the vision” and let us proceed (kinda easy to see how we got our name!). *Note: This doesn’t have to be done with maps. We just chose a map because our client shared with us how much she loved them! You can also use fabric, wallpaper…heck, you can even use multiple pieces of scrapbook paper. There are plenty of options. Get your creative juices flowing and go for it!
For our purposes, we chose this map from Great Big Canvas (GBC). GBC is an online art store and we swear by them for a few reasons. They literally have thousands and thousands of options to choose from, they always have great sales going on, and their products are good quality. They definitely have become a great resource for us.
Once you’ve chosen an art piece, GBC allows you to customize it in several different ways. You can choose from canvases to posters to framed art to “wall peels.” A wall peel is basically a giant, easily- removable wall sticker. That’s what we ordered in this case because using one large wall peel would save us time in the long run. *Note: Make sure to measure the surface area where the wall peel will be placed prior to ordering to ensure the appropriate size. From there simply stick the wall peel on to whatever surface you want.
Once the wall peel was positioned to the backboard, we reattached it to the shelf, dressed it up with accessories the client already had. Just like that, we were done! *Note: It should be said that because the wall peels come rolled up, placing them with two people makes for a much easier job than placing them on your own.
The final product? An updated visually interesting bookshelf that our client loved! So did we! This little project was so easy and fun that we will definitely do this one again!
What peice(s) could you try this on? Questions? Let us know! Create. Innovate. Decorate!