‘Painting’ the back of bookshelves

You’ve probably got turkey on the brain like I do, but I wanted to share one quick way to change up your bookshelves, especially if you’ll be decorating them for Christmas anyway.

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My old secretary is one of my favorite things, but all that white was a little … flat. So I bought a sheet of foam core and a couple bottles of craft paint, cut the board into strips that would easily fit at the back of each shelf, painted green on one side of each piece and a warm gray on the other, and slapped those babies in the secretary. It makes a huge difference in the warmth of the vignette.

Here’s the green:

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And the gray:

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I had the gray sides showing all fall, but now that Christmas is almost here, I turned them over so the green shows—so much easier (and cheaper and less permanent) than actually painting the back of a bookcase.

If your foam-core strips don’t want to stand up on their own, just use some painter’s-tape pillows to keep them in place.

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you gobble ‘til you wobble. I’ll be in my stretchy pants all weekend. •

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