Adding Pizzazz to a Built-In

I have backed several bookcases in my time, but this is the easiest and fastest way I have found.


{Disclaimer: I begged the homeowner, also the owner of this gorgeous island, to let me paint and distress this into happiness.  While I love it now with the burlap, I still think it could go up a notch.  Haters of painted wood, no need to comment, I know how you feel ;) }

Here she is before:


Lot of wood in this room and on the other side of the room {to be revealed later} is a gorgeous new sofa.  This side of the room needed to be taken up a notch to match the mood of the other side and we needed texture.

We started by cutting foam core to fit the back opening.  Using packing tape we taped the sections together and wrapped with burlap.

Then turned it over and added nail heads evenly spaced.

Then, we just popped them into place.

An easy and inexpensive update to any cabinet or built-in!

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  2. Oh, I like this! It seems like a great way to update a bookcase when one {or one’s husband!} is afraid to commit to paint.

  3. I love the texture that added! So pretty!!

  4. You just can’t go wrong adding burlap to anything! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

  5. What a nice change and looks easy to do. I agree with you – I think painting that wood would look awesome, lol. THanks for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  6. Stephanie says:

    This looks great! I have a backless storage cabinet in my master bathroom that I will definitely do this with. What a great way to change the look of the piece.