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Wallpapering Closet Shelves to Add Style

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Spotted black and white wallpaper lines the shelves of this chic and bright master bedroom his and hers closet. The whole makeover only cost $100!

It’s week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge where I’m revamping our boring master closet for only $100 in under 4 weeks! This means we’re halfway…which is kind of nuts. I know that four weeks flies by, so I’ve made what feels like a crazy amount of progress in the master bedroom closet because the biggest project is now complete. You can catch up on all the details in my week one post. The major accomplishment this week was getting the built-ins and shelves wallpapered. Let’s check out how it looks now and how we got here.

Wallpapering the back of the shelves has made SUCH an impact in the space! It was a sea of white and now I love the pops of black and white. You’ll probably remember that I was planning on using the leftover wallpaper from my master bedroom accent wall:

Gorgeous black and gold chinoiserie wallpaper in a master bedroom with black, white and gold decor accents.

And that didn’t work out. It was not working well with the shelves because the back of the built-ins is wood AND it was impossible to line up the pattern to look good with this particular wallpaper, sadly. I luckily still had some leftover black and white spotted temporary wallpaper leftover from this $100 room challenge I did at our apartment in early 2017:

A small space dining room (or breakfast nook) gets a chic black, white and gold makeover for only $100. | #diningroom #smallspacesquad #smallspaces #apartmenttherapy #apartmentlife #tinyhouse #glamdecor #diningroomdecor

While I had enough of the speckled black and white temporary wallpaper to do the built-ins on my side and my hubby’s, that did mean I had to spend $30 to get another roll of the wallpaper to do the big set of built-ins/shoe rack in the center of the closet. That was $30 I was so not planning on spending. Ouch. BUT I do think it was worth using up 30% of the $100 budget.

This project was fairly straight forward, but it was a hair time consuming. Luckily, I had a ton of energy this weekend and I knocked it out. Here’s some crappy iPhone pics showing the before and after. As you can see, I didn’t worry about lining up the pattern- it’s so busy, you can’t tell once you put stuff on the shelves.

DIY Project: Upgrade your shelves or built-ins with temporary wallpaper for a totally modern and chic look for about $30 and a couple hours.

DIY Project: Upgrade your shelves or built-ins with temporary wallpaper for a totally modern and chic look for about $30 and a couple hours.

I essentially measured each shelf to get the width and height using a cloth measuring tape (just easier to me than a traditional tape measure in this case), added about a 0.5 inch overall to have some wiggle room, trimmed down to size, and cut away the excess using a sharp blade once it was adhered. I did use a Lysol wipe on the surface before putting the wallpaper down to ensure there was no dust.

DIY Project: Upgrade your shelves or built-ins with temporary wallpaper for a totally modern and chic look for about $30 and a couple hours.

And here we are. Almost swoonworthy! Really wish I had fancy shoes, but I live in flats. #sorrynotsorry

Shoes beautifully organized in a master bedroom closet that only cost $100 to decorate. Love the black and white speckled and spotted wallpaper.

I’m using the bottom shelf on my side to hold jewelry and perfume to help get rid of some of my bathroom counter and nightstand clutter.

A master bedroom closet makeover for only $100 that includes wallpaper lined built-ins and shelves.

Hopefully this will FINALLY get me to stop leaving my earrings all over the place.

A master bedroom closet makeover for only $100 that includes wallpaper lined built-ins and shelves.

The drawer pulls will get the spray paint treatment—I love the lucite, but I love it even more with the gold (as seen in my master bathroom). I wrote a full tutorial on how to change your pulls from chrome to satin gold over here.

Gold and lucite drawer pulls in a bright white and gold master bathroom.

This coming weekend I’ll work on reupholstering the ottoman and spray painting the legs. I am pretty fearless when it comes to DIY, but I truly have trouble creating neat corners when reupholstering something. Ends up looking like the staple gun and I had a war and many staples were lost.

And finally, I am on the prowl for a cute, neutral rug that is 3’x5′ and under $30 shipped! No pressure, right? If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments, k? xo.

Let’s take a look at the to-do list for this challenge and make sure Monica is on budget!

1.) DONE! Use leftover wallpaper from our master bedroom to line the back of the shelving units. (Cost: $30)

2.) Reupholster and repaint the ottoman (Cost: $20)

3.) Find a way to display/highlight my grandma’s vintage costume jewelry. (Cost: $0- I found some shadowboxes I am not using that would be perfect for this)

4.) The husband has requested a rug/runner in the space since the tile is cold. (Cost: $30)

6.) Spray paint all the chrome pulls to a satin gold finish (like I did here for the master bathroom makeover). I think I have left over spray paint. (Cost: $0)

7.) DONE! Find a way to incorporate some art using free printables and frames I have in a closet. (Cost: $0)

8.) And a miscellaneous supplies contingency of $20.

Total Spent: $50.00 ($12 fabric, $8 spray paint, $30 wallpaper)

Check out all the other $100 Room Challenge updates for week 2 right here:

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Sherry Cole

Sunday 16th of September 2018

I think that wallpaper is perfect for the shelves! I always love the colors that you use in your room makeovers and I can't wait to see more.

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Cute lady! And I knew it was yours before I even clicked on the pic. :)

Hello Central Avenue

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Omg! I'm loving this so much! What a difference it makes! Halfway there!


Thursday 13th of September 2018

The Wallpaper looks great Monica! I love that you are sorrynotsorry about your shoes. I have TONS of heels, that I am never wearing again, not sure that they are worth keeping just for display...Or are they?


Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Such a fun print and color combination! That wallpaper makes a huge difference. Can't wait to see it all finished.

Monica Benavidez

Wednesday 12th of September 2018

Thanks, Alayna! :)

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