This tutorial explains how to take an old bookshelf and update it into a Paw Patrol inspired bookshelf.
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I picked up this book shelf (book rack?) at Restore for $10, and was a little frustrated when I got home to realize a big chunk was ripped out of the laminate on the bottom. And FYI, these are apparently really fun to climb as my kids immediately gravitated towards doing so.
The nice thing about reusing the old shelf, despite the issues repairing it, is that it helps prevent mostly functional items from going into the garbage. By reusing or repurposing, we stop the manufacturing of one book shelf that we would’ve ordered if we hadn’t fixed this one… it’s a small thing to do, but there are environmental costs related to the production and transportation of products that we buy so fixing items is almost always ideal if you have the skills to do so.
Repairing the Shelf: Tutorial
To fix the bottom, I decided that replacing the bottom was best and I had some scrap wood in my garage that fit perfectly. Yay! Total luck. Not that cutting wood is difficult, but this made it a lot easier.
I sanded the two wood pieces down and spray painted them black with Rustoleum Painters Touch 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer (see affiliate link below).
Here it is, without the book slings.
Other Paw Patrol Tutorials
Replacing the Book Slings: Tutorial
This is the difficult part of the job. Now I needed to make some replacement book slings. These said Sebastian. I’m finding I hate personalized stuff because embroidery isn’t easy/possible to remove (that I’ve been able to do anyways) and it makes items hard to sell. This meant I needed to craft new slings.
I’m going to type some instructions out below, but you’ll also find instructions in the video below… this video is all closed captions with some classical music in the background so if you need to turn off the volume, you’ll be okay doing so!
NOTE: Do NOT take apart your original slings to measure them. It’s really nice to have them to look at when you’re putting together the new slings.
Projects pictured below: Paw Patrol Inspired Painting, Distressed Lego Desk
Paw Patrol projects not pictured: Paw Patrol inspired Ryder Vest for a Halloween costume
Wall decals from Amazon (affiliate link): RoomMates RMK2640SCS Paw Patrol Peel and Stick Wall Decals