How to Update a Bookcase with Devine Color Wallcovering

Posted by on June 22, 2014

Give a plain, tired bookcase or hutch a

stylish makeover for about $40 in supplies.

In my ongoing quest for an efficient, comfortable and beautiful home office (all in the name of research to help my clients!), I recently did a mini-makeover on my teak bookcases using a new product that I found at Target. It’s Devine Color® peel and stick, repositionable wall and surface covering, and I’m in love!! I found it on sale for $23.99, marked down from the list price of $29.99.

I’ve been wanting to do something to the back of the bookcases for a while now. They’re fine, just a bit plain. And when I found this subtle taupe and silver weave pattern, I knew it was perfect. (There are all kinds of prints and colors; check out the collection here.)

Because I’m not sure how the product will be removed or if the wood will be damaged, I used an insert of hardboard so I can easily change back to the wood look, or recover the board again and again as the season or my mood suits me. The manufacturer states on the package that the paper “has been tested on successfully removed from various wood surfaces and conditions.” Still, since one can never be too careful, for just $9 in hardboard I am guaranteed that my bookcase will remain in good condition. Using the hardboard as a backer board is also a great tip for any non-smooth surface like bead board or grooved paneling.

 

I did a step-by-step video of the process:

 

I love the new look! It makes a huge difference and adds just a bit of sparkle and shine, especially when the light hits it during the day. I’m glad I waited for just the right product.

Bookcase b&a

 

This project was very easy, and I’d recommend it for any skill level. Here are some extra tips for using this product:

  • Be as accurate as possible with your measurements and write them down to take with you to the home improvement store. This will ensure the hardboard pieces fit perfectly.
  • Use a plastic paint edger/wallpaper smoother like this one to help guide the paper onto the surface.
  • Smooth any air bubbles from the center outward, or use your index finger to smooth tiny bubbles.
  • If you need to reposition the paper, lift it carefully and peel it back parallel to the surface.
  • Once you’re satisfied with the position of the paper, turn under any overhang and secure it to the back of the hardboard.
  • The shelves will keep the board in place; there is no need to adhere the board to the bookcase.

Good luck with this project!