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Paint the precut shelves with Dark Mustard paint and allow to dry.
Cut posterboard to fit the back of the shelves and paint with a French Pale Blue.
To decorate the shelf back, brush matte medium (available at art-supply stores) over the board in small sections. While the medium is still wet, copies of sheet music are laid face down on it and quickly burnished with a putty knife (Image 1).
The sheets are then peeled off, leaving an impression of the notes in place on the board. Because the music has been copied, the ink from a copier or a printer will transfer the image to the medium (Image 2).
Position the posterboard on the wall with thumbtacks.
Use a stud finder and a laser to mark the position of the shelves.
Drill holes for the shelf brackets, and attach the shelves to the wall.
Dress up the white lampshades with squiggly lines of custom dark brown paint.
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