Hi friends! Welcome back to another Monthly DIY Challenge where each month we tackle a new project based on the same item, theme or material. This month was fabric. I had so many aspirations for this post. And then life got in the way. Ya know the whole moving and having a baby thing. So forgive me for sharing an old post of mine, but hopefully this will be the first time some of my new followers are seeing it!
DIY FABRIC LINED FURNITURE
As you can see I still had my old backdrop for this post. Actually, I think this was the very first piece I photographed against it, so that’s kinda fun 🙂 So along with a fun furniture makeover today, you get a little trick on how to line your furniture shelves. I shared a tutorial on how I line my drawers not too long ago that you can read HERE, but this method involves something a little different.
I used to just use Mod Podge, which I still do on some projects, but I would get so frustrated with not getting a straight cut and having frayed edges. The solution? Poster board! If you’re still confused let me break it down for you.
Now keep in mind this will only work on certain pieces, and it works especially well on shelves. I was trying to decide how to get a super clean line on the edges without having any fraying fabric or crooked lines. And then it hit me! Paper is SO much easier to cut straight, and it’s so thin you’ll barely notice it’s there. First, cut your paper to the size of the shelf.
Next cut your fabric about an inch bigger on all edges and fold it over the paper, kind of like you’re wrapping a present. Then glue it down as you go.
Put some glue on the back side of the poster board as well as directly on the piece of furniture for a secure grip and that’s it! You have smooth, crisp edges on all sides and the poster board gives it a little extra durability.
For this piece, I kept one side not folded under so that I could wrap it under the shelf and use a staple gun to attach it there.
I hope this little trick was helpful! Sometimes I use foam core, which is a little thicker. It won’t work on all pieces but if you’re looking for something stronger it’s perfect!
Be sure to check out all the amazing projects below that you can make using fabric! I promise next month I’ll have something new for our challenge 😉
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Veronika | Tickled Pink Confetti
I love what you did to this side table! Especially the wooden owl knob. Where did you find it? Love it against the yellow and the fabric.
Thank you so much!! I found the knob at Hobby Lobby 🙂
I still just love this piece! That owl knob is the best 🙂 Can’t wait to see all the cool pieces you’ll make at your new place!
Thanks girl! Can’t wait to share them all 🙂
Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
You are the queen of furniture DIYs. There seriously isn’t a piece that you can’t transform into something magical. I’ve been too afraid to try my hand at lining a piece with fabric but you have put my mind at ease. Love that little owl knob too!
Aw you are so sweet Sarah! Thank you 🙂 You definitely need to go for it, it will be so worth it!
Sue @ Sewing Furniture
Looks beautiful! Have you tried wrapping the fabric around the shelf and stapling underneath? I’m always worried about using glue because it looks shoddy when it starts to come off.
Thank you Sue! I do wrap the fabric around the shelf when I can, but for this piece the shelf didn’t come out. I wrapped it under the front and stapled it but that’s why I used the poster board trick to make sure the sides were straight and smooth 🙂
Lindsay - Shrimp Salad Circus
Great tip about the poster board – I had no idea! And that knob!!!
Makes things so much easier! And ya I might need to use that little owl again soon 😉
Bre @ Average But Inspired
Loved it the first time around and love it still! 🙂 Great project and great tips, too!
Aw thanks Bre!
Great tip! I’m totally going to try that on my next shelf project.
Thanks Bre 🙂
Thanks girl! You totally should, it’s so helpful!
Wow, you blow me away every time! Awesome! (love that lil owl too 😉
Aw thanks girl! <3
Katie @ Little House of Four
I love this idea! It’s such a great way to add personality to an otherwise boring piece of furniture. I’m also loving the stripe on the drawer and that totally cute and fun owl pull!
Thanks girl! It’s giving me ideas for our nursery! 🙂
Love it, Bre! I’ve been thinking about wrapping some shelves with fabric for the nursery, so I’m SO glad you reposted this!!! I need all the help with furniture makeovers I can get 🙂 And PS that little owl is adorbs!
Thanks Nicole!! Sounds like this trick would be perfect for your shelves. I can’t wait to see your nursery!