This is a project we did back in May of this year. We have a built-in bookcase in our guest room (which is also Amby's room), that was in dire need of a redo. In anticipation of my grandson, Roman, I decided to cheer it up with some fabric and add some of Amby and Zac's favorite children's books. This is the before picture. It was a little tired.
Gil helped me take out the shelves.
The room is an apricot with turquoise accents so I chose a fabric that would coordinate with that. I found this fabric at Joann's.
I ironed on a fusible web to the fabric to give it body. Then I trimmed it to fit. Gil applied spray adhesive the the back of the bookcase and we attached the fabric.
I added a coordinating piece of fabric to the top and bottom to hide my raw edges and add a little interest. This is the top:
And the bottom:
It added some fun and brightness to the room.
I filled it with treasures.
I made these blocks for Roman (obviously). My next post will show how I did it.
The back sides of the blocks spell his middle name.
The books are a mix of Amby and Zac's, which are old, and mine, which are REALLY old.
Gil bought this mama and baby raccoon for me when I had Amby. They were waiting for us at the house when we came home from the hospital with a sign that said, "Welcome home Vickie and Amby." I still have the sign, too.....sigh.
I painted the lids of two Ball jars and filled them with marbles to use as bookends. It took me a while to find marbles, but I finally found them at Homewood Toy and Hobby. It seemed like marbles were everywhere until I actually started looking for them. Isn't that the way it always goes?
This is the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. I bought it for my Dad when I was in Disneyworld in 1973. The smile on his face reminded me of him. He loved it and always kept it on his desk. Needless to say, it is very special to me.
These books were a series that my mom ordered for me. I got a new one in the mail every month. They are now about 45 years old.
This is a three-car grouping of a wooden train Gil had when he was little. He still has the rest of it and I'm sure it will get lots of play time soon. The train is sitting on top of a set of Highlights magazines (circa 1964-65), which belonged to my brother and me. The sock monkey is there just because he is cute and I love sock monkeys.
I found this adorable mouse at A'mano in Mountin Brook. His matchbox bed reminded me of Tom and Jerry cartoons, and books like The Borrowers, where the characters used found items to repurpose into useful furniture for themselves. I love him and I named him Maddox. I know Roman will enjoy playing with him.
I actually have more adventurous plans for this bookcase which I am not at liberty to post yet. I hope you liked my redo!