Watered-down white glue (one part water/two parts glue)
A generic bookcase – one that you buy and then put together yourself – is a handy thing to have. The problem is that it can look like the bookcase of any other person on earth. So, why wouldn’t you want to do an easy craft project where you make your generic bookcase look much different – and more fabulous – than those that belong to others? It’s been done, of course; many people paint or otherwise decorate such bookcases to make them suitable for their own homes. One person might glue fabric to the inside back of the bookshelf set; another person paints the shelves in bright colors. But a way that you can change the bookcase, and end up with one like no other, is to use a map. A map-backed bookcase will definitely grab attention!
If the shelves of your bookcase are easily removed, take them out; it will be much easier to fit the map to the bookcase back if the shelves are out of the way. However, if you don’t want to remove the shelves, the map can still be attached; it will just take a bit more work.
If the shelves are removed from the bookcase, measure the entire inside back, and cut the map to fit. The map that you use can be anything from a local map to a reproduction of an antique map. After cutting it to fit, apply a thin coat of watered-down white glue to the inside back of the bookcase, and position the map. A straight edge, such as a credit card, can help you smooth out any wrinkles as the glue dries.
If the shelves are still in place, measure the inside back of each shelf area, and cut map pieces to fit. Don’t assume that all of the shelf backings are the same size; measure each compartment separately. Cut the map pieces to fit and glue them in place. As stated above, use a straight edge to smooth.
A map bookcase is eye-catching and easy to create. It takes an inexpensive, generic bookcase and turns it into a travel-theme, high-end design. Set it in a bedroom, a den, or a living room to show off your books as well as the bookcase. To create a look for a room, put map pieces around a mirror, on top of a night stand, or even on a flat, wooden headboard.