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Add Graphic Pop to a Bookcase With Wallpaper

Learn how to give a builder-grade bookcase a high-end look with trendy wallpaper, then get tips for styling the shelves with chic accessories, clutter-concealing baskets, framed photos and books.
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Before: Bland and Uninspired

This painted bookcase was nondescript and lacked the oomph it needed to serve as the living room's true focal point.

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After: Bold and Graphic

Thanks to an Americana-inspired palette and wallpaper with a bold, oversized pattern, what once was a lackluster bookcase is now an eye-catching focal point filled with a family's favorite objects.

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Step 1: Prep Surface

Before adding wallpaper, first remove the shelves then patch any holes with wood filler. Once filler has dried, sand the entire back panel to create a smooth, bump-free surface.

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Step 2: Apply Wallpaper Paste

There are two main applications for installing wallpaper: pre-pasted or paste-the-wall. Pre-pasted requires adding water to the back of the wallpaper to activate the adhesive. Paste-the-wall requires wallpaper paste to be applied directly to a surface before the wallpaper is placed on top. Depending on what style wallpaper you've selected, either wet the back of the paper or apply paste directly to the back panel of the bookcase.

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