Rock Star Bookcase {Design Advice}

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What’s the difference between a regular bookcase and a “rock star” bookcase?


Add color depth to your bookcases by jazzing up the back. This is also a great idea for any room in the house, not just the nursery or kid’s room! Especially for renters who want to add some color to a space but aren’t allowed to paint their walls.

Three ways to get a “rock star” look:

1. Paint
The cheapest and easiest way to achieve bookcase stardom is paint. All you have to do is paint the back! If your bookcase doesn’t have one, you can create the illusion of a back by painting the silhouette of the bookcase on the wall behind it.
Other ways to get creative with paint: use a stencil to create a decorative pattern or use chalkboard paint* so that you can label where things go.

2. Wallpaper or Scrapbook Paper
Be bold and dress up the back of your bookcase with wallpaper or scrapbook paper. Enough said =)

3. Fabric
If you don’t want to go through the tedious work of using a stencil and wallpaper just isn’t for you, fabric is the way to go. With such a vast selection of fabrics at your disposal, your only problem might be choosing one.

Until next time!

image sources:
1. Caitlin Wilson Design
2.  rainbow bookcase – unknown
3. houzz
4. flickr

* Did you know that chalkboard paint is available in a variety of colors? You can also mix your perfect shade using this tutorial.


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About Nicole @ Chic & Cheap Nursery

Nicole is the founder/editor of and mom of a 6-year-old princess. She has a B.A. in Architecture and a passion for design—nursery design to be precise!


  1. This is such a simple and brilliant idea! I have a great book case in my office that I love to put both books and cool objects. Now I know how to make it pop even more!

  2. Great ideas!! Thanks for sharing. Now to file this away and remember when I’m decorating a nursery in a couple months… thanks!

  3. Heather M. says:

    I LOVE this tip! We are a military family and it is never worth our while to paint or do anything permanent in our homes because we move about every two years (frequently less). This is a great way for the transient dweller to feel like we can get a slice of style in our home that will move with us!

  4. i”m loving the yellow and white bookcase with the aqua walls. Definitely my kind of book case =)

  5. Yes, it makes such a difference! I used wrapping paper to line the back of the bookcase in my son’s nursery. Combined with paint, it totally transformed my basic white bookcase left over from my college dorm room into a cute piece for my boy’s books.

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