Since spotting her Greek key lined bookcases, Gwyneth and I have been on a mission to steal this look for our Dumpster Dive Bookcase in the home office corner of our living room. Cassie over at Hi Sugarplum! really knocked it out of the park on these!
Let’s be clear. We’re serious when we say steal. We weren’t inspired to line our bookcases after seeing hers. We were inspired to line our bookcases with the exact Greek key color and pattern that she did. They’re gorgeous, right?
Here’s where we ran into a minor hiccup. Gwyneth and I took on two DIYs this weekend. Lining our bookcase was one. Doing our (Federal, North Carolina AND New York) taxes was the other. So when we realized that Cassie’s bookcases are lined with fabric, we realized we needed a different material to fit into our we-just-paid-our-taxes budget.
So we went where one goes when faced with a DIY challenge. Pinterest. And that’s exactly where we spotted these beauties by Vanessa Vargas:
Another hiccup. Vanessa’s bookcases are lined with wallpaper – also out of our budget.
I was slightly discouraged, but Gwyneth reminded me that our dear friend, Whitney over at the Pink Elephant, had just lined the back of her armoire with gift wrapping paper. Bingo.
Seeing Whitney’s beautiful armoire restored my faith, and we started the hunt for pink Greek key gift wrap. Well, guess what? No one makes pink Greek key gift wrap. (We find this a little shocking!)
Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending! One of the places we searched for gift wrap was Etsy. While we didn’t find the gift wrap we were looking for, we did find Piper’s Place, a shop that makes a variety of paper goods and takes custom orders. Jamie, the owner, resized the design from her Greek key scrapbook paper and sent us a printable file the same day. We made a last-minute decision to scale-up the pattern a little more (inspired by the Vanessa Vargas bookcases), emailed the file over to Kinko’s, and on Sunday afternoon our bookcases went from this: