The shelves have strange notches making it hard to simply re-wallpaper. To remedy this, I upholstered foam core board panels cut to perfectly fit the shelves. This trick can be used on any shelving or even add some interest to the back of a hutch. As long as you can recover your panel, you can continually change the look of your house.
What You'll Need:
3/4 yard fabric (will vary based on shelf size)
Staple Gun (I love the Powershot)
1/4in. staple gun staples
Large piece of cardboard to cut on - unless you like the look of ruined hardwoods.
|Before: Not so bad, but up close it was a hot mess|
|Put up with push pins and seams glued together, and it still didn't stretch across the whole shelf. Ick.|
|I had this Annie Selke fabric laying around from a bulletin board project. |
I thought the grey would look great with the blue-grey wainscotting in the bathroom
Step 1: Use the exacto knife to cut the foam core to the dimensions of shelf. (All 3 of my shelves were different sizes just to make this project even more fun.)
I cut out notches to accomodate the shelf supports. Luckily the fabric is forgiving if your cuts are a little wavy.
*Don't forget to cut on another surface. You do not want cut marks on your floor.
Step 2: Cut fabric with an inch border around foam core
Step 3: Spary fabric with Spray Adhesive
|Step 4: Line up the pattern to the foam core|
|Step 5: Fold the edges tightly around the panel. Staple the fabric to the back of the foam core|
|Ta-Da! One down, Two to go...|
|Step 6: Place the panels in the shelves (I realize the second shelf isn't straight. I'll fix that... someday)|
|How cute is the little Mr. Fonty?!|
|Not how they will permanently be styled, but I had a bunch of frames lying around|
|Making the panels allowed me to have a perfet fit in the corners.|