Standard wood toned Ikea bookcases can look kind of…well, boring. Years ago, I treated our shelves to a fun edging and I have never tired of them since. To alleviate some of the brown, I painted the side edges black. The top half of the inside panel got a coat of an aqua-celedon colored paint. I buy “Oooops” paint and then remix them all of the time, so who knows what color it was to begin with.
The front edges of the shelves got either a yardstick, a wooden slat or a string of really cool little wooden blocks that I had to individually nail. Les drew and then silk screened the images in black. If any of you attended a rubber stamp convention when Les and I were vendors, you may have even purchased a couple packs of the silk screened blocks. What are the chances that a special buyer is reading my blog. LOL, but it really would be cool to know about it. The hey-day of rubber stamps and conventions- those were truly fun days.
In our stash, we also had these little metal label holders. I attached them with red thumbtacks just because I like that tiny bit of color. The red looks kind of old- like maybe the 50’S? I cut out and inserte print that has nothing to do with anything- I just liked the look.
See? The plain bookcases do not have to stay that way. You can stay on budget, but also have a little fun with the inexpensive furniture.