I just love a pop of color on the back of a bookshelf or even the interiors of hutches and cabinets.
Especially when it’s a pattern.
You know what I don’t love?
The closest my husband and I have ever been to getting a divorce was applying wallpaper together.
My friend Jaime painted this European hutch in Synergy by Heirloom Traditions Paint.
It’s the most perfect turquoise and a best selling paint color in the line.
We decided the hutch needed something else.
But we didn’t know what that something was.
She was adamant about not distressing it.
I tried to convince her to apply Barn Wood Furniture Wax over the turquoise but she wouldn’t listen.
Way to stick to your guns Jaime.
I am so good about imposing my furniture opinions on people. Trust me on this.
Then she bought the most adorable chartreuse and gray fabric and we googled all of the ways we could apply it to the back of the hutch.
We found this tutorial and we were armed with our cornstarch, ready to take this hutch up a notch.
But guess what?
This temporary wallpaper method requires boiling water.
And I don’t have a stove in my studio.
So I NEVER have to cook there.
We scoured my supplies stash in the studio.
Believe it or not I have an entire box dedicated to adhesives.
I guess I have a problem.
Wondering what to get me for Christmas?
Apparantly double stick tape is the way to my heart.
Anyway, we found some stencil adhesive spray and decided to give it a try.
We cut the fabric to size, sprayed on the adhesive, and smacked it to the back of the shelves.
It worked perfectly.
Adhesive hoarding pays off people.
It’s been 6 weeks and our janky wallpaper job is still holding strong.
This would be a great non-commitment way to spruce up any bookshelf.
If you are sick of it in 6 months, no biggie.
Peel it off and find some new fabric to slap on there.
I have done a similar method with a Target shower curtain in my living room built-ins.
That was almost three years ago and I still love it.
Fun fact: Recently The Rachael Ray Show contacted me about featuring this project during their fall premier week – but the producer decided to go in a different direction for the segment at the last minute so I didn’t get to show it off. I wasn’t disappointed – I have learned you never can get excited about TV opportunities until they actually happen – so it was no biggie for me.
Plus, I am such a baller The Rachael Ray Show is small potatoes for me anyway.#saidnooneever
I also wanted to snap a few pics of the original skeleton keys included with the piece.
Those make my armpits sweat anytime I find furniture with them.
Isn’t this quick update fun?
Have you had experience wallpapering the back of a bookshelf? Or furniture? I would love to hear your tips and any other lazy girl methods you want to share with us!