Ariel's DIY Bookshelf Surprise

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As if our obsession with owning books weren't enough to deal with on its own, we've now also become obsessed with the "bookcase of the day" feature on Jamie Meares' blog, I Suwannee. The book storage solutions she posts are always fun to admire, but the one that greeted us at the start of this week was especially charming. From this angle, Ariel's shelves look great, but fairly ordinary, right? Just click through to view the DIY surprise that makes these shelves special...

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Ariel's boyfriend built these shelves from recycled wood, and then they lined the bottoms with wallpaper scraps. Such a great idea, especially for a loft area, where shelves can extend high above eye level!

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Even if you don't have wallpaper scraps to use up, this project would be easy enough to do. Pick out papers in complementary patterns from a place like Paper Source (which even organizes their papers into color palettes) and use Mod Podge or a similar product to decoupage the paper onto the undersides of your shelves.

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For more bookcase inspiration, visit the fabulous I Suwannee.

(Images: Ariel Kaye/I Suwannee)