Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Scrappy Shelf

I love Mod Podge!! Have I said that before? Well, it's true... you can do almost anything with it!
Recently I used it to decorate a fun bookshelf for my house!
I originally saw this shelf sitting in front of the dumpster at the other end of our complex, and new I could turn it in to something dreamy! My husband didn't see the same outcome I did, and hates when I want to take things from anywhere around the dumpster, 
even if it wasn't actually in it!

I slacked on taking a picture of the entire bookshelf prior to the work I put into it, 
but I think with what I have here you'll be able to see what I did!

Follow these 8 easy steps to decorate your own bookshelf! 
Step 1: I primed the shelf because the posts were bare wood, and I wanted the red to be sure to pop and not soak in. Let dry.

Step 2: Paint the posts, edges of shelves and bottom of at least top two shelves red. Let dry.

Step 3: Get fun papers ready and Mod Podge all set, pick any shelf to start on. 
Tear papers in any which way direction you want. 

Step 4:Lay your pieces out together slightly overlapping, but looking at them like puzzle pieces too. 

 Helpful tip-leave straight edges on paper to use on edges of shelves. 

Step 5: Once you have an idea where you want your pieces, start painting the backs of them with your Mod Podge (I used Matte finish), and place them where you want them to go.

Step 6: Use a rubber squeegee or roller to flatten out any air bubbles under your paper. 

(I won this on Craft Critique almost a year ago and used it on this project!)

Step 7: Continue with each piece, overlapping decoratively, flattening out all air bubbles, until entire shelf is covered. Let dry. 

For further flare: I used fine sand paper and gave the edges a quick rub for a warn look. 

Step 8: Paint final coat over entire papered shelf of Mod Podge, let dry to seal. 

Let me know what you think, or share other fun Mod Podge ideas! 

Also, check out Mod Podge Rocks Blog for other fun Mod Podging projects! 

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amy is the party said...

Really cute project! I love how it turned out.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I just bought some mod podge, but have never used it before. Can't wait to try it out!

amy c @ said...

what a fun shelf!