I’ve been playing for at least two years with the idea of changing our red bookcases (inherited from our previous rented apartment) in the living room for brand new white ones with doors and a wallpaper on the back. Dani can certify that I can keep one idea on my mind for a very long time modelling it but never resigning, specially when it comes to decoration. I knew that I was completely over cleaning the dust of every figurine, book and decor item of our red bookcase and was ready to jump this spring for the project to finally have doors, but the definite trigger was thanks to IKEA when they released a cute limited collection called Brakig that included a gorgeous and super affordable grey wallpaper.
Our little helper always on guard when a supervisor is so clearly in desperate need.
I had some favorite wallpapers gathered in my Pinterest but since we had 0 experience with wallpaper I was really scared we could ruin them (always the scaredy cat), when Ikea came to the rescue it looked as the perfect compromise and we added a couple of (safe) Billys to the match.
You will soon realize how our experience with wallpaper rivals creating before/after project posts, we didn’t take a single before pic but we thought it would be fun to share the project anyways! You can take a little peek to how the red bookcases looked in this old post though.
To wallpaper the bookcases we used a glue that had to be spread with a paint roller (or brush), quite the regular stuff I guess. We first cut the wallpaper to the size leaving a little more paper which we afterwards trimmed when the glue was dry. We neither have a picture of us building the bookcase (b-a-d home project bloggers) but we just followed IKEA instructions and then added some kitchen knobs instead of the regular ones that come with the Billys because we like the golden touch. If you ever want to make this be assured that they fit perfect, just use the screw that comes with the billy knob.
A little corner in the bookcase dedicated to our wedding toppers, wooden Han Solo and Leia (with a large version of Juno on the back in a plate by Donna Wilson).
We have two literary vinyl figurines of two of all-time favorite classics authors, one for Virginia Woolf and another for sir William Shakespeare (of course).
The decoration of the bookcases was pretty organic, using things we already had on the red ones but making sure this time there was enough room for the wallpaper to have more prominence. We also selected some of our favorite tv shows and only included our favorite books. We reserved more room for our travel photographic books (remember from here?) so the collection can grow.
We have pointed some of our decor items in the post, but if you would like to know the source of anything you see in the pictures, don’t hesitate to ask us on the comment sections, we always love to share our favorite artists or shopping places. Have you wallpapered a bookcase before? Are you planning any home project? Would love to know what is your next one!