shelf panels

Photo: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

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Lighten Up

Rachel Denbow of A Beautiful Mess was frustrated with the heavy, dark bookshelf in her sons' bedroom, so she decided to cover the panels with a handmade lining. The fix was cheap, easy, and made the space feel less cramped. "After the lining went up, the room felt bigger," says Rachel. "And I was able to style it with some of their keepsakes and favorite books which then freed up much needed closet space in our small bungalow." Rachel explains that linings "can turn a boring eyesore in your space into a design feature," saving you space and adding to the room's aesthetic appeal.