I've become obsessed with decorating shows. I had my wisdom teeth out a week and a half ago and I spent several days in bed watching DIY and HGTV. It was great!
This was my weekend project. I had a nasty, cheap bookcase I was using in the bathroom. The bathroom is quite small and the bookcase at least fit the space. I finally decided to go with a travel theme for the bathroom and got an idea on how I could disguise the ugly bookcase.
I sanded it and stained it. The stain didn't take like I wanted it to but it worked out in the end. I went shopping at Goodwill on their 50% off everything day and bought an old brown leather suitcase and two pillow shams. At JoAnn Fabrics I bought some upholstery tacks and three baskets (at 50% off--yay!). I cut up the suitcase and cut strips from the leather. I used the upholstery tacks to attach them to the bookcase. I used the material from the pillow shams to cover the back of the bookcase. I used decoupage glue and it seems to hold fine. My husband helped me take apart the handle so I could reattach it to the side. I printed out some pictures of vintage travel labels and decoupaged them to the sides. It was a fun project and turned something plain and boring into an interesting piece!