Paper me happy.

shelf paper before after

It is that time of the year when the snow is melting and our hearts beat fast for springy flats and that day when we can finally ditch the tights.  Today, I tackled the small design project of lining the backs of my bookshelves with a printed paper to spring it up a little.  Cute – right?  I chose my favorite of Lady Sippington’s designs (she’s a bestie of mine) but you can use any patterned paper, wrapping paper or even newsprint that you like.

paper measuring

Start by removing any removable shelves and then measuring the width across – mine measured 14 1/4 inches.  Lay the roll of paper on a flat surface and use some books to hold it down.  Line the paper edges with the square edges of the table to help you measure and cut straight.  Then, measure carefully, mark, and cut!  I used two-sided tape to adhere the paper to the backs of my bookshelves.  Seriously, this is incredibly easy, so don’t worry.

papered shelves

Then, replace the shelves and decorate!  I like to keep it simple with a few items and some books.  Throw in a light blanket and some family heirlooms to complete the look.  Happy papering!

papered shelf

(pillow from ModCloth, hand-crank radio from Nordstroms)

Paper design from Lady Sippington, see more of her designs for purchase here on Spoonflower.

papered bookshelves


6 thoughts on “Paper me happy.

  1. What a good use of the wrapping paper! It’s subtle, but has an impact at the same time. I’m so happy for you and salute your cleverness. And your speed! I only gave it to you yesterday! How often do we buy a wrapping paper that we love, but never really get to enjoy it ourselves because we give it away?

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