How to Update a Boring Bookcase with Wrapping Paper

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Happy Wednesday, friends! If you are on my very special newsletter list, you already know that Wednesdays are going to become  “office update” days around here!

Blogging can be deceiving in that you usually see a messy “before” and then an instantaneous perfect “after,” when really there is so much that goes on in between! I decided that instead of skipping straight to the reveal, I would give progress updates as we go along so that you can see what’s happening in “real time.”

So when we left the office last Wednesday, it was looking something like this:

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Not cute. Since I had the space planned out and basic colors chosen (see this post), the next thing I did was go on the hunt for the perfect gray paint. And if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have helped me! Thank you SO very much for all of your tips!! Here were the three options I had narrowed it down to:

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So after reading all of your comments, talking to people who have used the different colors in their homes, and looking at LOTS of pictures on Pinterest, I ended up going with #2, which is Behr’s Gentle Rain. (In case you’re curious, #1 is Silver Drop by Behr, and #3 is Dolphin Fin, also by Behr.)

With the decision made, it was time to get painting! Because I was too lazy to sort everything right at that moment, I just moved it all to the middle of the room, and for a few days my office looked like this:

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With my lovely 5 year old assistant by my side, we painted and painted and painted some more. I even had to do the trim because the baseboards were pink from the previous owner, and we just hadn’t touched them until now. Actually, this room had pink baseboards, pink walls, AND a pink ceiling when we moved in. It was pretty crazy looking.

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Bye-bye pink baseboards!

After the painting was done, I decided to bite the bullet and sort through all of my stuff. I threw away some things, relocated other items to different areas of the house, added stuff to the “donate” pile, and stored everything I wanted to keep in the closet. This was mostly because I really wanted hubby to put the storage furniture together for me, and he needed a space to do that. 🙂

While he was building the bookshelves and cube unit, I decided to spruce up the bookshelf backing with some wrapping paper, and since we hadn’t attached it yet, it was so easy! I just used double-sided tape to attach the wrapping paper to the top of the backing. Then I would place a few more pieces of double-sided tape about 8″ down the backing, unroll the wrapping paper, and attach it, smoothing it down. I just repeated that until the entire thing was covered!

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(Some of you guessed what these were before I even told you on Facebook and Instagram, and I was totally blown away– y’all are smart!)

I covered the backings for both bookcases, and each one only took me about five minutes! It was a simple project, but I think it will make a big impact in the space. Here are the bookshelves with the backings sitting behind them; they haven’t been attached yet.

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Ooh I’m loving it already! My friends at Staples hooked me up with this awesome storage, and I can’t wait to put it to good use holding all of my supplies! Before we start filling the shelves though, we’re going to make these guys a little fancier by adding some trim to the top. Hubby has already been doing some measuring and cutting, and I think it’s going to look great!

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Other than the updated paint color, the other side of the room is looking pretty rough– it’s storing supplies that I’ve purchased for this room and our living room makeover– but it will get some love soon enough!

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So that has been our week! We accomplished a good amount, but we still have a long way to go, so I’ll be back soon with more updates!

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I think of all we still have left to do, but I’m also excited to see the end product! If you want the insider scoop on all of the latest happenings, be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

[Psssttt… You can find ideas for organizing every single room of the house in this post!]

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week!

Have you done any redecorating lately? I want to hear about it!

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*Staples provided storage pieces for this office makeover, but of course all opinions are my own! For more information, see my disclosures here.*

47 Comments

  1. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    It’s coming along beautifully! I love the color scheme.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, friend! Hooray for girly colors! 😀 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Renee Beaucage says:

    Woooo!! So much fun!!! haha keep up the great work!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Renee! I feel like there is so much to do, but baby steps are happening! 😀 Hope you’re having a great night!

      ~Abby =)

      1. In fact, I spent my night trying to reposition all the furniture and pieces I have in my office. Still not happy with it, but I’ll get it eventually!

  3. April Hoff says:

    Looks AWESOME, Abby! Can’t wait for next Wednesday! 🙂 Oh! And pink trim? Pink? People are so crazy!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Um, seriously. There were more pink rooms in this house when we moved in than I ever wished to see in my life. And I LOVE pink…just not like that! Thanks so much for your sweet words, my friend! Have a great night!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Katie @ Made to be a Momma says:

    Looking great Abby! The Hubby and I are going to be redoing our dining room this summer and I am itching to get started…he wants to wait till school is done for the summer though. It’s always excited to redesign and decorate a room!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Oooh, I can’t wait to see your dining room re-do! I’m sure it will be fabulous! Thanks for your sweet comment, my friend!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Krista @the happy housie says:

    Great start Abby- it is going to look amazing!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Krista! I feel like we still have a LONG way to go, but one step at a time, right?! 😀

      ~Abby =)

  6. Suzanne J Dean says:

    Love the colors…so pretty & cheery! Its so nice to have a room to work in that reflects you. I’m recovering from my breast surgery from yesterday which gives me lots of time to read my fave blogs with no guilt about my time 🙂 Hugs your way!!

    Suzanne

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I have been thinking about you, my friend! How did everything go? Praying recovery is easy on you! HUGS!!!

      ~Abby =)

  7. So fun, Abby! I’ve just completely rearranged our office/guest room in hopes of updating it. Your space is great inspiration! Maybe I should post as I go, too…. you’re right. There is a TON of work that goes into updating a room and I can’t wait to see yours done!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh yay for rearranging! I know whatever you come up with will be stunning, Miss Amy! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  8. This is coming along so well, so excited for ya! I’m actually finding this so fun since we’re both doing our craft room/offices at the same time. Did you about cry after all the painting? I swear my hands couldn’t grasp ANYTHING the next day LOL I LOVE the cute wrapping paper on the backing, such a cute idea! And I TOTALLY hear ya on the overwhelming-ness of multiple projects. I started on my room while still trying to finish up my girl’s Frozen room. Ugh, not smart on my part, but too late to stop now!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Girl, I had blisters! I didn’t remember painting being so painful! Geesh! I need a preview of your room stat! It sounds like it’s going to be so cute!

      ~Abby =)

      1. Blisters, are you serious?! Ugh, so sorry girl! I’ll email some (scary) pics soon 😀 I’m trying so hard to get TONS done on it this weekend …we’ll see if it really works out that way LOL My next step is adding some vinyl decor along a top border…..proving more frustrating than I’d planned. Hope your weekend is going FANTASTIC!

  9. Selene Galindo says:

    It’s looking awesome!! I’m like you… I get overwhelmed thinking of what’s still left to do but once its all finished the waiting seems well worth it! I’m so excited for your space!!!

  10. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    It is looking great already, Abbey! Love the background on those shelves. We tackled our master bedroom…. I will have to do a blogpost! I look forward to the day I don’t have to be scared if company will open the door by chance! Lol

  11. Shannah @ Just Us Four says:

    I love this! You never see offices like this!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! I guess I’m just not afraid to subject people to my mess! 😉 Thanks so much, Shannah! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Michelle @ Elegance & Enchantment says:

    I’m so obsessed with room reveals, especially home offices. I’m so glad that you’re giving us a peek into everything that happens in between. I can tell already that it’s going to be beautiful. Looking forward to following along, and of course seeing the final product!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Michelle! You are the sweetest! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Oh, how pretty!! Can’t wait to see it come along!!~~Angela

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Angela! It’s getting there slowly but surely! 😉 Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  14. Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living says:

    GREAT COLOR!! I love this already, the book shelves are gorgeous and awesome idea to use wrapping paper for the backs. Can’t wait to see you check off the rest of the to do list 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Sonnet! It’s coming along slowly but surely! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  15. How exciting! I recently finished my “Fabulously Feminine” home office and cant wait to see yours once its finished. Its great how you are sharing the process with us!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      How fun! Yay for girly office spaces! 😀 Enjoy your weekend, Irina!

      ~Abby =)

  16. I love these bookshelves! I just lined some last week with wrapping paper and I had NO idea it was so easy!

    Can’t wait to follow along…I’m trying to decide what direction to go with my craft room/office, too!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I hear ya! I love it when a project is EASIER than I thought it would be– usually it’s the other way around, lol! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Amber!

      ~Abby =)

  17. Jennifer @ Brave New Home says:

    Loving all those colors! Can’t wait for the next post.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! It has been a fun project so far– we’ll see how it turns out! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  18. Alexis @ Persia Lou says:

    I am working on my office space right now too. That whole organizing and getting rid of stuff part is not my favorite. Love the wrapping paper on the back of the cabinets!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Alexis!! I can’t wait to check out your office! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  19. Hi Abby
    This is looking wonderful. I love the wrapping paper backing, great idea. I have a bookshelf that I was planning to toss but I think I want to try your idea first. Thanks for sharing.
    Angel

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Angel! Yes, the backing is so easy and I think it makes such a difference! Good luck if you decide to try it! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  20. Stephanie @ The Styled Soul says:

    Abby, it’s looking awesome! I so need to tackle my office, it’s on my list. Seeing what you’re doing totally inspires me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! You are the sweetest! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

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  22. Did you use wallpaper or wrapping paper for the backings? I’m going to be a copycat and do this in my girls playroom but put an extra shelf in the centre and a tv : ) We are in desperate need of storage and organization! Awesome idea, looks great!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Glendeen! I think we talked on Facebook, but just in case, it’s wrapping paper– just the regular stuff from Target! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  23. Hi,

    Great looking office. Where did you find the aqua storage bins? My office is the same color. I love it.

  24. Laura Tarlo says:

    I love this whole project tutorial…I can’t wait to give it a try for my little girls room…this couldn’t have been better timing as I was getting ready to spend ALOT more money with another vendor….thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad it was helpful! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, Laura!

      ~Abby =)

  25. Hi Abby — I am just getting ready to re-do my office space. Hope it turns out as “fabulously feminine” as yours did. So beautiful!! One question for you….. for the backing on your bookshelves, did you use “wrapping” paper or “wall” paper? It looks fantastic and I would like to do something similar but I think your post mentioned both kinds of paper so I want to make sure I pick the right type. Thanks!!

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