This past weekend I decided I needed a bookcase as the current one I have couldn’t handle all of the books I’ve been collecting lately (aka hoarding). I went to Target and picked up one for less than $20 but felt as though it needed something and thus my simple bookcase became a Saturday project.

I got the idea for my DIY project on pinterest. The pin leads to a blog called A Beautiful Mess where the blogger used fabric, rubber cement, and an x-acto knife to transform her corner shelf into an interesting piece of furniture. I found the directions to be simple enough and here is how I made over my plain simply bookcase into something unique.


What I used:

  • 3 shelf bookcase in white (target)
  • 1 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Rubber cement
  • X-acto knife
  • Hammer and screwdriver (used for assembling bookcase)
  • Large clothes pins


I started by taking the backing of the bookcase before assembling, so that I could cut my fabric to size. In the original directions it says to leave at lease an inch longer than needed so that you can cut with the x-acto knife after placing the fabric along the back to have the most accurate fitting. I probably left a little more than that just in case I didn’t cut correctly the first time.

Tip: I used the large close pins to hold the fabric to the back board to help me cut along the edge. I would place two on the opposite side of what I was cutting. So two on top and two on the bottom if I cut along the sides and vice versa for cutting long the top and bottom:

After cutting out my fabric I assembled the bookshelf and attached the back but didn’t add the shelves leaving only the what I refer to as the outline of the bookshelf. I then laid down the bookcase facing up and laid my fabric down with the backside facing up and the pattern on touching the ground.

Taking the rubber cement I coated the backboard of the bookcase and the backside of my fabric completely. Then I let it dry. (The rubber cement dries quickly and by using the dry application rather than wet application let’s you move the fabric around without it permanently sticking right away.)

With my fabric, I started in the middle and worked my way out smoothing the fabric down as I went to remove creases and create a flat surface. Once my fabric was laid down the way I wanted, I then took the x-acto knife and cut along where the actual bookshelf connected with the back. I did this process with the bookcase still on the ground but it may have been easier if I had sat it up right as the cutting with the x-acto knife would sometimes prove difficult.

Once completed I was able to immediately add the shelves in as I didn’t have to wait for anything to dry. And I could also begin to add my books and decorations without any problems either.

My finished product:

When I was deciding what I wanted to decorate my bookcase with I knew I’d need something to store my bookmarks in. I found this wooden box with glass top at Hobby Lobby. It adds a little something extra and I always have a place for my bookmarks so I don’t lose them!

This was an easy project that only took me a couple of hours to complete, but most of that time was taken to assemble the bookshelf because I had a tendency to screw the screws in crookedly and the holes wouldn’t line up with them. Oops! Other than that I did it all in an afternoon and really like how it turned out.

If any of you decide to do this DIY I’d love to see it.

Which leads me to a great segway (kind of, not really) that I’ve finally updated my social media so you can find me on twitter at Bookofmeghan or on Instagram as mgetti89. I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Reading,



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