Today, I’m thankful for my Sunday School class. It’s called Honeymooners and is made up of couples who have been mostly married less than two years. The fellowship is wonderful and our leaders are amazing. I am so thankful that Kevin and I get to start our marriage learning with such a fun, God honoring group.
On Friday, I hinted at my big weekend project: wallpapering our living room bookcase. They’re Ikea Billy bookcases and were the first pieces of furniture we bought for the Little House when we moved in. I love these bookcases. They’re the first step to me realizing my dream of a Beauty and the Beast-esque library someday. And even though I love them so much, they needed a little dressing up.
A few months ago, I found some inexpensive faux grass cloth at Lowe’s (allen + roth Raffia Texture Wallpaper) that I loved. I didn’t have a plan for it, but I bought a roll just to have on hand. You never know when you’re going to need faux grass cloth, right? After testing it on the bookcase for a week to decide if I liked it, I decided to just go for it. No guts, no glory.
The actual wallpapering wasn’t as difficult as I expected. It basically went like this: cut paper roughly to size, leaving some extra, wet in bathtub for 30 seconds, fold paper over on itself and allow to paste to do it’s thing for five minutes, hang, smooth out bubbles, cut off excess with a razor blade. Repeat 8x. I had photos of the process, but unfortunately I was on a leftover Halloween candy sugar high and they all came out blurry.
Two episodes of Once Upon a Time later, the bookcases were looking pretty dapper.
After loading everything back into their rightful places, the final product looked like this.
Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Fievel agrees. We still have some plans to finish them off (a la crown molding), but the grass cloth brings some much needed warmpth to that side of the room and makes the bookcases look a little less cheap-o and a little more high end.
Finish any projects this weekend? Do you pets have a thing for getting in your photos? Indy and Fievel both fought to make their appearances in this post.