Cork + Washi Bookshelf

My goal of keeping things neat and organized in my home isn’t only for the adult spaces, but also for my toddler’s things too.  In his room, we’ve got a great Pottery Barn Kids bookshelf that is very well built and the perfect size for his room.  (I just checked and it’s on sale right now too).  We use it to store books and toys, and some decorative frames and photos on top.

To protect the shelves from getting scratched and dirty, I lined them with cork contact paper. Then I added red and blue decorative trim in the form of washi tape. 

The contact paper is really easy to use because it’s lined on the back so you can cut it to fit your space perfectly.  It’s got an adhesive backing that you can peel off so the paper sticks to the shelf, but it’s not so sticky that I couldn’t pull it up when I needed to readjust it. You can find cork contact paper at Amazon. I’ve got it on my pantry shelves too. 
I have a big collection of washi tape and used the red and blue patterns that coordinated with the colors in my son’s room.  
Washi tape pulls up very easily without damaging the surface.

I think it adds a nice personal touch to the bookshelf, perfect for a child. 
The Dalmatian bookend is also from Pottery Barn Kids.
I could easily go crazy with this tape, so I restrained myself with just a couple of strips.
I also dressed up a plain, white frame with the tape. 
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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. Totally loving his room! The colors, the cabinet, the idea with the cork and washi tape… And oh my, are you organized! I just jammed all of my washi tape into glass jars. But your idea looks so much more cleaner. 🙂 Great to discover your lovely blog thanks to the BYW e-course!! 🙂
    Hugs from a fellow e-student,
    Inge x

  2. I love washi tape! They have just started selling it at Target and a few other stores where I live. I used it in my "Our Home Design Book" and can't wait to start decorating with it. I love your idea of dressing up the furniture with it.

  3. Where do you buy all of your washi tape? You have such a great collection. I have bought a few rolls here and there, and I see it more places lately (including a big set at Costco, which I bought), but I love the variety you have!

  4. Cork contact paper!?! How did I not know of this? I love to use cork in my house, and I can see it working great on my shelves as well. I love how it looks with the white. Does it help to keep the books from sliding too?

  5. Love the cork board contact paper idea to absorb all of the bumps and bruises little boys like to put on furniture! : ) So smart. And holy washi tape drawer… I need to up my collection, I only have a few rolls! Where do you buy most of your washi tape?

  6. Looks so great!! Love the washi…and jealous of your collection! J had to finish his science fair project last night and needed tape to put the pages on his display board…I was like WASHI!!! He looked at me all weird, but ended up loving it!!

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