How To Transform A Teenager’s Bookshelf

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Using just paint and wallpaper, transform boring shelves into something even your teen will love.

Even many tech savvy teens still like to doodle. Enable your teen to doodle on the sides of their bookshelf without wrecking it, using Resene Write-on Wall Paint to create a coloured whiteboard. Simply wipe off as needed and they can start all over again. Also handy for younger children as you can use it to name the shelf to remind them what goes where.

You will need:

  • Wooden cabinet with shelves
  • Roller and tray
  • Ruler and scalpel/scissors
  • Liquid glue
  • 1L of Resene paint in your chosen colour. We used Resene Apache and Resene FX Metallic Solid Gold. You could choose a single solid colour if you preferred.
  • Wallpaper from the Resene Wallpaper collection available from Resene ColorShops. We used wallpaper from the Boys & Girls collection.
Resene Bookshelf

Step one

Paint your shelves in your chosen colour. We used Solid Gold, with an undercoat of Resene Apache. Leave to dry.

Resene Bookshelf

Step two

Measure out the back sections of the shelves and cut the Resene wallpaper to fit.

Resene Bookshelf

Step three

Apply the Resene wallpaper with the glue and leave to dry.

Resene Bookshelf

Step four

Introduce the shelves to your teenager’s room and cross your fingers that it helps to keeps things off the floor and nicely organised.

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Styling by LeeAnn Yare, photography by Melanie Jenkins

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