Hi CSI readers! I’m Jessie and I blog over at Imperfectly Polished, where I share lots of DIY projects and the occasional craft and recipe. I’m thrilled to be back here today for the stencil challenge because I have a really fun, thrifty way to stencil the backs of shelves. This method would work in kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, or display cases.

Rather than having to commit to one background for our new bookcases, I decided to put a piece of poster board in the back of the book case for some added interest. That way, when I get tired of the design {which I inevitably will at some point}, I can easily just remove the poster board and put in a new one. Fabric is another great option here, but can be pricey so I thought this method would be a great alternative. I started with a $.50 poster board from the Dollar Tree, some craft paint I had on hand, and a foam roller that I also had on hand. For my stencil, rather than purchasing a pricey stencil, I made my own.

You can read my method in more detail here, but you basically buy a blank stencil sheet for about a dollar at any craft store and trace your design onto it. I found a stencil design I liked online, held my clear stencil sheet up to my computer scree, and traced it on. Super simple. Then you’ll need one of these stencil cutting tools. I think I got mine at Joann’s with a coupon for about $6.00. It needs to heat up for about 5 minutes, and then you just put the tip onto your design {with a piece of glass underneath so you don’t burn your table surface} and trace it. The heat will melt through the stencil sheet and give you a perfect stencil. Once I had created my stencil, I added some adhesive to the back and laid it on my poster board.

I decided to roll mine lightly so that it would have variations in color throughout, but you can obviously use as much or as little paint as you want. Once it was all stenciled, I simply cut it to size and taped it to the back of my shelf so it could be easily removed.

That’s it! The whole project only cost me $.50 because I already had everything else on hand. A simple way to dress up a bookcase. Oh, and for more on that bookcase, stop by and see how we built it ourselves!

Thanks again for having me, Dee, and I would love it if you would stop by Imperfectly Polished and say hello!

~Jessie

 

~Thanks, Jessie. You have “wow”ed us again!!!

 
 
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