|Bookshelves in their classroom element (Author's Library).|
|Blah Bookshelves (Can you tell the back board needed help?)|
|Boring, brown bookshelf|
Here is a tutorial of the steps I followed and photos!
|Gluing the tablecloth to the back board.|
Before you do anything: remove the backboard from the shelf.
Step 1: Paint the bookshelf! I did not use a primer and it took three coats. (The paint I used was just sitting in the garage. I realized later it was leftover from a house painting project. It is a high-gloss white paint for molding and trim... I like using high gloss paint for school projects because I can wipe down the surface easily.)
Step 2: Cut the vinyl tablecloth into two equal pieces. The tablecloth was the perfect size. Look at all of the excess material I had around the sides!
Step 3: Fold over and hot glue the edges, one side at a time. I had a washcloth nearby to help me press down on the vinyl (so that it wouldn't burn my fingers). Try to keep the vinyl tight as you move from one side to the next so that it won't sag or droop when it's attached to the bookshelf.
Step 4: Lay the bookshelf face down on the floor. (I recommend doing this on carpet, so that you don't scratch your pretty new paint job as you hammer.) Place the backboard on the bookshelf. Carefully line-up the backboard so that it is even on the back of the shelf (not hanging off to one side). Nail down the backboard.
Step 5: Stand up the bookshelf so that you can OOoo and Ahh at your accomplishment!
Total cost: $4.00 + tax
I am SO excited to include these beautiful bookshelves in my new classroom!
( Did I mention that the book basket labels I use in my classroom match perfectly?! )