Bedside Bookcase Before And After

After my epic nightstand refinish, the other side of my bed was looking shabby. I was never completely satisfied with the bookcase I put there. It was a stackable foldable one...and I wish when I'd bought them back, oh, <GULP>, 8 years ago in 2000, I had bought 4. I bought 3, and this third straggler has always been an outsider. So, I used it bedside as a table/printer stand. However, it was pretty ugly. I didn't like how the sides extended up past the sides of the bed. I didn't like seeing the clutter on the shelves. I had been looking at other nightstands, but didn't want to spend a ton of money (especially after my big bargain on the other side). Plus, the bookcase was functional, just not pretty. So, I decided to cover it. I was inspired by this photo in the February issue of Domino:


So, I began my undertaking. I enlsited the help of my dad to chop off the top sides. Power tools are AWESOME. He also dug into his stock of random wood for a piece of plywood and cut it to fit the size I needed. The shelf was somewhat deeper than the original so that my cover would fall and cover the printer. (I should also mention that my brother also helped out with this part of the endeavor...and my whole family had been sick, so I appreciate the work!).

My mom and I shopped at Joann for fabric and the rest of the materials. I limited myself to the fabrics they had in stock because nothing kills me like too much choice. Even with those limitations, I was there a LONG time deciding. I narrowed it to a black and white print and a grey solid velvet. The black and white won out because there wasn't enough of the velvet.

Now, I wasn't going to actually make a slipcover. That was too complicated. I decided to upholster the top and then make side panels to velcro to it. Cutting the pieces was infinitely easier for this project because I invested in a rotary cutter and mat. I never thought I needed one, but read in a blog about its ease of use and decided to try. I'm really glad I bought one. It was a relatively small investment because they were on sale with an additional coupon (never pay full price!) and made cutting so much easier.

So, I upholstered the top shelf with some batting, the material, and one of the best inventions known to man: the staple gun.


I pinned and pressed the hems and sewed them with my seldom-used machine. The first panel (front) was perfect. The pattern matched up, the hems were straight. The second and third, not so much. I don't know if I calculated the cutting wrong or what, but the pattern was off. Plus, I was getting tired, so I was speeding through the hemming. I can't speed--I'm not accurate enough. But, at any rate, I finished! Here's the before and after:






Much Better, don't you think?


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