Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fabric Slipcover for Built-in Shelves

I'm always on the look out for ways to lighten up our house without painting the woodwork.  I've been happily married for 29 years and eleven months.  The Alaskan cruise is already booked.  Can't blow it now.

So.... I found a temporary way.

No, it's not really a slipcover.  It does involve fabric and can be removed without any damage to the wood. I was inspired by projects where patterned fabric was used in IKEA type bookcases.  





Here's the dark corner of our family room "before."




The materials I used were:

Two tri-fold cardboard displays (aka science boards)
Glue 
Scissors
Packing tape
Fabric

The texture of this fabric gives more interest in real life than shows in the photos of the completed project.







I trimmed the tri-fold cardboard to 46 inches wide (slightly less than the width of the shelves).  I had to use one complete and about half of the other board to achieve the 56 inch height.  The two boards are taped together with packaging tape.

I cut the fabric the same height as the board and four inches wider than the board.

Then I brushed plenty of glue all over the cardboard and attached the fabric.  For a finished look, I wrapped the excess two inches of fabric around the sides using a little more glue to attach it to the back.   






The fabric covered board is now held flat and in place by the removable shelves in front of it.






A small change for sure, but this girl is happy to be rid of that dark corner.


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19 comments:

  1. What a great idea for lightening up a dark space! I never would have thought of it -- and the pictures really helped me to see the difference!

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  2. Smart girl! That looks terrific. I really like the texture the backboard adds.

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    1. Thanks, Stacey! I'm glad I finally did it.

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  3. Now what a good idea. It does make a world of difference. I like the ligntened look.

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  4. Eilis,
    Brilliant! I love the texture of the fabric, and it goes so well with the room. I know science project boards well... used a few in my lifetime. :) But, not as cleverly or beautifully as you.

    Judith

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    1. Thanks, Judith. It's funny, I went in looking for foam boards, but left with the science boards. They were both bigger and cheaper.

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  5. I think this is a really great idea, Ellis! It turned out beautiful and you gave perfect instructions. Thank you!

    Jane x

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  6. Looks great Eilis. My study could use lighting up. Maybe this is an easier solution than painting.

    Great idea.

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. I'd still love to see them painted, but have to keep hubby happy.

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  7. That looks fabulous, Eilis. I'd make that in a heartbeat except for the bitter truth -- I have the bookcases so packed, you can't see the backs of the shelves! Could be time to purge but I can't bear to part with books I love!

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    1. Hi Jeanie,
      The shelves in our study are like that :)
      We love books!! I just keep these in the family room a little sparse and decorate them for holidays.

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  8. Hi Eilis, This is a great look and lighten and brighten your corner beautifully. Love it and no paint required!! Thank you for sharing your great tutorial! Have a great weekend.

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  9. What a great idea and what adiference it made!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  10. That looks awesome. I'd been holding onto a few of those old boards for.ever. Finally used one to try paint samples for the work done at the house, but had seen them used for a project like yours. Brilliantly done!

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  11. Such a great idea! I may try that with some colored fabric in my hutch! Thanks for the inspo!

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  12. Very, very pretty! Your upcoming trip sounds so wonderful!
    Jemma

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