Thursday, January 10, 2013

White Shelf Re-do

I inherited a plain white bookshelf from my office about 2 weeks ago. I knew I wanted to jazz it up to use as storage in my dressing room. I didn't feel like painting it though.

Not the actual bookcase. I forgot to take a picture before I started putting the contact paper on it.

My idea was to get pretty contact paper to cover the shelves. I went looking for said paper and found a great variety at Marshalls.


They had a bunch of different colored geometric prints. 2 rolls for $5.99. I can handle that! I decided to buy the blue zig zag and black honeycomb.


The blue zig zag went on the backing of the bookcase.

The black honeycomb covered the shelves.

Voila!!
Now it is the perfect display case for my Bakelite bangles, lucite purses, and jewelry box.



I also added all my perfume bottles on the new vanity mirror I got at the swap meet.

 On the bottom row I have a bin of scarves and more purses. In the future I hope to fill that space up with more lucite purses :-)

My bakelite bangles.

My packed jewelry box.

This is just the first part of my dressing room redo. Right now I have an old futon, boxes of vintage clothes, and my steamer crowded in there. I am waiting to pick up a vintage 40s corner hutch my friend Monica is giving me. It will be redone as well, and will be used to hold the rest of my stuff. I would like to put my vanity in there but I have to save some room for guests when they stay over. 

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  1. Oh, I love it!! Your collections are amazing too. Are those paint rollers to store your bangles? Brilliant!!

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    1. Yes, paint rollers. I can't take credit for that idea though. My friend Teresa told me about it. They work well but make sure you get the really fluffy rollers, especially for larger pieces.

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  2. woooooah! I am so jealous of your amazing bakelite and jewlery collection! And the bags....and well probably everything that will go in this room ;)
    x Molly

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    1. A lot of what is going into this room is stuff I need to put on Etsy. The closet is filled with my stuff though :-)

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  3. That's so cute! I love it...storage and eye candy all in one! I also love how you put your bangles on the mirrored tray...makes it look like you have more :-)
    I might have to steal that idea :-)

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    1. I couldn't leave it plain white. It just looked so sad!! I love geometrics too. I actually have a blanket that matches the blue zig zag. I wanna try and use it as a rug.

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  4. now thats just showing off ;)

    GREEN WITH ENVY OF YOUR BAKELITE!! and are those paint rollers???

    in regards to my bakelite post, you just cant find it over here for cheap, well i cant anyway. the few pieces i do have been shipped over from the states.... right i am coming over the pond with a couple of empty suit cases!

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    1. Where are you headed? When I went to Kansas City I found so many great deals I had to literally stuff them in my suitcase. I wanna go back there and just shop!!

      We do get the best vintage here but you guys have fabulous repro. Freddies, Rocket Originals, Miss L fire and Heyday. The conversion rate is crazy too when I buy them online, plus shipping. So I guess it goes both ways, sadly.

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  5. I like the paint roller idea, you are so vintage Martha Stewart.

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    1. When I travel I keep them on the roller. They sit nicely in my train case and don't get knocked around.

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  6. So cute! That blue chevron contact paper is great, I can never seem to find ones that aren't butt ugly, even though we desperately need to re-do it in our bathroom and kitchen.

    And no surprise, I'm totally swooning over every single item ON the bookcase, too. :)

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    1. If you have a Marshalls there check it out. I wasn't expecting to find it there. I should have saved the packaging for the contact paper too so I can look online. If I find it I will let you know.

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  7. Love that contact paper! Looks great. I too have to comment on the paint rollers for your bangles. I am so stealing that fabulous idea. Thank you!

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  8. OMG I LOVE YOU! Paint rollers! You've just completely solved this friggin storage dilemma for my bakelite I couldn't find a way around! Aaaaaaaamazing! Haha (I'm actually bouncing in my chair at work, lol).

    Also -- you've completely inspired me to accent *my* white bookshelf in my office as you did yours -- what a fabulous post! Lovely items, as well!! :)

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    1. Again, for the paint rollers---use the really fluffy kind. I have a couple regular ones and they don't hold em as well. I need to buy more supper fluffy ones. But yeah, it is a really great way to store them.

      The shelf was easy. Took me maybe an hour to complete. I'm getting another one from my work and will redo it as well for Fernando's daughter.

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    2. I'm hitting up the dollar store after work for some cheap fluffy ones....crossing my fingers they've got 'em there. :)

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  9. Amazing! All your beautiful things look so tidy and gorgeous on display! Great job :D

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  10. I do like a good revamp project and this looks great with what you did to it! Of course, the amazing contents does kind of help things along.... ;)

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  11. Love your bakelite & lucite purse collection!

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  12. Wow, it looks so great, I love it! And such an amazing bakelite collection you've got, wish I had one like that.
    Sophie.

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  13. How completely wonderful! You turned a plain book case into something super cute! Also your Bakelite collection is seriously amazing!!

    Xo,
    Em

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