I have a love/hate relationship with this bookcase.
I love it because….well….because it’s a bookcase.
And I hate it because most of the time it looks like this…..festooned with a random deer head that needs to be fixed and put into the gallery wall and extension poles that need to be added to the chandelier and left over fabric from the kitchen….
….and a random number three that needs a one, two and four.
The stopping place.
The stomping grounds for all unfinished projects.
Now it looks like this.
I added galvanized yard sale bins and books and magazines and a little of this and a little of that….
….and some fun decorative plate holders.
When I bought them they were brown.
Ain’t nobody got time for brown with all the pink and orange and white. On this bookcase they would stick out like a sore thumb. But with a little scrapbook paper and some creativity….
….now they look like this:
So much better.
I’m going to tell you how I made them….but more importantly….I’m going to tell you what not to do when you make these.
Trust me….the what not to do is so much more important.
Not that anyone around here….
…..might have done any of the “what not to do.”
This is a professional blog with professional plate holder makers.
It’s all just strictly hypothetical. 🙂
How to Make Decorative Plate Holders
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Unscrew the hinges from the back of the plate holder.
Step 2: Spray paint holder white. Let dry.
Step 3: Trace around the plate holder on the scrap-book paper. Cut two pieces.
Reverse plate holder. Trace again. Cut two pieces.
Step 4: Decoupage the pieces onto the plate holder. Let dry.
Use an X-Acto knife to trim any excess pieces from the edges of the plate holder.
Step 5: Re-attach hinges.
That’s exactly what I thought, too. 🙂
Here’s what not to do:
1. Don’t forget to put the screws and the hinges in a safe place. The screws are tiny. Don’t ever think you can just leave them on the table. Never. Don’t spend twenty minutes trying to find the tiny screw on the floor. And don’t forget to bring your magnifying glass.
2. Don’t forget to reverse the plate holder when you are tracing on the scrap-book paper. Don’t cut out four pieces that are all facing the same direction. Don’t forget you need two pieces on each side.
3. Don’t forget to use a credit card or something else stiff to get out all the bubbles when you decoupage. Don’t stop to watch the season premier of Survivor and think those bubbles will disappear on their own. And when the bubbles dry in place….don’t think you can just cut them with scissors and decoupage them down. And don’t even think about cutting another piece to fit exactly over the spot you messed up on.
4. And lastly….don’t get in a hurry. Don’t turn the decoupaged plate holder over to start on the other side before the first side dries. And if you happen to do this….don’t think you can just sand off the brown craft paper…..
….and call the project distressed decorative plate holders.
If you steer clear of the don’ts…..it’s a fun and easy project.
You can customize it with any color or pattern you want.
And it’s perfect for a bookcase or space where it can be seen from both sides.
I’m all about this bookcase now….
….and my super distressed plate holders. 🙂