I bought a lovilee cupboard at the Ideas Market Trunk show last year and wanted to cover the interior back panels with fabric. This months’ Creative challenge was all about Pretty storage, so I thought I might just challenge myself and do this project now. This DIY was way easier than I initially thought it would be and turned out rather well. So today I share a DIY cupboard shelf fabric covering tutorial on how to get this done yourself.
What you will need
- Fabric – Use a coarse weave fabric as it work easier to let the glue through and makes less air bubbles
- Wood glue
- Water to dilute the glue
- Jar to mix the glue and water together
- Kraft knife
- Measuring tape
- Flat screw driver
- Empty the cupboard that you want to decorate (This step took the longest!).
- Using the measuring tape, measure the panels that you want to cover and cut the material in the correct sizes. I allowed a 1cm allowance for shrinkage that worked perfectly.
- Decant some wood glue into a jar and add a tiny bit of water to dilute it. I used approximately 125ml glue and 15ml water for each of the panels.
- Paint the glue onto the panel, but just do the top 1/4 of the panel first.
- Stick the fabric onto the glue and smooth it out by painting over it with the glue solution and the paintbrush again.
- Lift the loose part of the fabric off and start painting the cupboard in sections from left to right, Small pieces at a time, gluing the fabric down over each section. painting over the fabric and repeating the step until the whole panel is done.
- Give the panels at least 24 hours to dry.
- Using a ruler and a kraft knife you can neaten the edges by cutting off pieces that overlap. I also made use of a screw driver to push the fabric into the spaces behind the shelves.
I would LOVE to hear what you think of my DIY – leave me with a comment below.
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