quick refresh: IKEA bookcase hack

Here's an easy and dramatic refresh: add backing to a bookcase. 

simple DIY wallpapered bookshelf

My IKEA bookcase was being used as a media unit, but when I changed it out to make it a proper bookshelf in my living room, I added a wallpaper backing to make it prettier and allow the magazines, books and decorative items stored in it better stand out. 

IKEA bookshelf hack with wallpaper backing

It was simple and cheap- I cut thin foam core board from the dollar store to fit the back width of the bookcase, and wrapped it in wallpaper I had leftover from another project. Then I used black duct tape to tape it to the back of the case along the edges, so that it blended into the black colour of the case. 

DIY wallpapered bookcase

I'm all for finding simple and sustainable ways to refresh your space without buying all kinds of new "stuff".  Hope this inspires you to do the same! 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.