Giving A Book Shelf A New Look Without The Commitment

Disclaimer:  I was given product for this post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. I would never recommend or suggest a product if I didn't love it myself!

I bought this gorgeous solid teak mid century modern book shelf awhile back at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore.  I fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on this beauty.  I knew there was no way I could ever paint it so I found a place in my home for shelf and used it as a display place for all my 'stuff'.  

After we moved to Illinois in April, the book shelf became the place I would put things when I had no other place for them.  I found that all the 'stuff' just looked jumbled and didn't really stand out inside the shelf.  I contemplated painting the inside white, but then just couldn't touch it with a paint brush.  

I found this Khanjali Ikat Fall Stencil that I fell in love with from Royal Design Studio.  I had planned on using the stencil on a wall in my master bedroom, but the more I thought about it I decided it would be a good fit for this book shelf.  

With the holidays coming up this was a perfect way to give my entryway a Thanksgiving look.  Also, it gave me a way to reuse my fall mantel pumpkins!   When Christmas comes, it will be a quick and easy fix to change up the decor on top and add in some Christmas flare.  

Here's the book shelf before, sorry there are windows all around and this entryway gets sun all day long so there's a lot of glare.

You can see here, the 'stuff' inside just gets this shelf was in need a huge edit!

Here's my Khanjali Ikat Fall Stencil I picked out.  I had originally bought the stencil cream to use for the master bedroom wall (I'm still going to use it, but with another stencil).  However, I had other plans for the book shelf that didn't involve the stencil cream.  I still wasn't willing to paint any part of the book shelf.

My solution to no paint on the book shelf???  Foam core board!  I bought six sheets of foam core board for a $1 each at the dollar store.   I cut the sheets to fit the back of the shelf using a t-square and a utility knife.

Once I got all the sheets cut to size for the back of the shelf, I took them outside and laid my stencil on top of the foam core sheets.  I didn't even need to tape the stencil down.  This was EASY and quick.  I used my favorite gold spray paint and sprayed away.  The pattern went on perfectly and I got a new look for the shelf without touching it with paint or a paint brush!   Also, because the pieces were cut to fit, I didn't even need to attach them to the back. They're just wedged in and can quickly and easily be removed without leaving any hint they were ever there!

This is a perfect solution for someone like me who is always switching things around depending on the season.  It will be easy to switch up the decor depending on the holiday.  I can already envision the gold and white in my Christmas decor.  Also, because it's so inexpensive, easy and quick, if I decide tomorrow I don't want the pattern, I can flip over the foam core pieces and have white instead.   I can also easily go and buy another $6 worth of foam core board and do this all over in another color or stencil!  I didn't affect the value of the piece or permanently change it in anyway.

Here's the book shelf all done and ready for the holidays!  

You want to see the inside don't you!?  Here are some close ups!

I really like how classic and pretty the gold is with the white.  The pattern of the stencil and the shiny gold goes well with the mid century vibe of the cabinet.  It also makes me think of Thanksgiving and the changing seasons. 

I have to talk about these marble horse book ends quickly!  I recently bought another pair of these at Goodwill and completely forgot I already had a set I purchased in Connecticut at another Goodwill! They were stuffed in the book shelf and didn't even stand out, so I forgot they were there.  Out of sight out of mind.  Now they stand out and look perfect against the new stenciled backdrop.

There you have it!  A quick, easy and inexpensive way to update your shelves depending on the season,  for very little money, time or commitment.  I'm already thinking of where I can do this next!  

Where would you use this idea in your holiday decorating?  If you have done this before or if you plan to do this project, I'd love to see pictures!  Also, I love hearing from you!  Let me know what you think about this project.

Thank you as always for taking time out of your busy day to read this,


  1. Love! Always can count on you for a really fresh new idea! That's what makes you different :)

  2. This turned out beautifully Melody! Great idea on how to add a fun detail without permanently changing the piece. You decorated it amazingly as always!

  3. freeeeeking GENIUS!! You blow me away with your great ideas!!
    Love it!

  4. Awesome, I love it, ALL! What a smart thing to do, not permanent and so pretty. The best part for me is the changeability! I am always changing things around too. Never mind all of the eye candy on those gorgeous shelves! Swoon!

  5. This is just the inspiration I need to do the same to my golden oak china cabinet. What a difference it made for your cabinet. My dishes just melt into the wood and nothing stands out. What did you use to cut the foam board?