(Brace yourself - I've got a dirty mouth and I'm about to use the "P" word).
The color of my shelf was POOP brown and oh-so-ugly. But there wasn't much I could do about it. It's not real wood, so my beloved yellow spray paint was not likely to stick, and can't bring myself to use duct tape as an alternative to paint. The best I could do was use some cute owl fabric as a runner to help soften and disguise the situation.
Here is a before picture of the ugly shelf in my beloved colorful classroom. (Sigh)
Add a little shelf liner and a lot of patience (lining up all those chevrons got a little tedious at times) and my classroom now contains a funky new piece of furniture!
You should seriously RUN out to TJ Maxx and buy this stuff up. They had lot of cute patterns (pink giraffe spots, brown giraffe spots, blue moroccan print, a black and grey cheetah print, and few sophisticated grey designs).
One quick note of caution:
I love this liner and it is perfect for my needs, but the quality is not as high as Contact brand adhesive paper. This was lighter weight and probably will not hold up as well over time. I wouldn't use it on a high traffic shelf that my students move materials on regularly. Since my volunteer shelf doesn't get much wear and tear, this chevron liner was perfect for me!
I'm linking this project up with Made it Monday (October Edition) over at Fourth Grade Frolics. You should see all the great DIYs!