Fabric Lined Bookshelf

In case you missed my guest post last week at Serenity Now, I’m sharing with you today.  I recently did a little more sprucing to the sitting room in the master bedroom by lining the back of the built-in bookshelves with fabric, using starch.  {I first heard of this when I saw Stephanie at Crea8tive Designs’ pantry} Our sitting room is just off the bedroom and the bookshelves are on the far right wall. shutters fabric bookshelf 004
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A nice feature, for sure, but kind of bland as-is.  So, I started by scouring the fabric stores and found the perfect pretty floral print.  *swoon* Fabric Bookcase finish 004
I decided to paint the back and sides of the bookcase a shade darker than the room to give the fabric a nice color to sit next to.  Rumor has it that after the fabric is applied, it is easily removable without damaging the walls.  If I ever tire of the fabric, the entire bookcase is already painted. shutters fabric bookshelf 003
The most challenging part of this project was cutting the fabric to the exact width and length of the walls.  I realized my bookshelves were the same height, but the one on the left was considerably wider.  I cut my fabric into one giant piece before affixing the top corners to the wall with command strips.  Then I used Sta-Flo liquid starch and a kitchen sponge to apply the starch directly on top of my fabric, really saturating it as I went.  I used a wallpaper straightener to stretch the fabric to the end of the shelves.
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Even though I didn’t encounter any air bubbles while applying, be sure to smooth the fabric down with the straightener because the next day I did have a few. Fabric Bookcase finish 001
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Then I simply inserted the shelves back in (using one less than was there before to make room for some large photos I wanted to display).
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I’m still adjusting the shelf heights and need to accessorize them, but here is a sneak peek. Fabric Bookcase finish 018
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  1. I am so glad this worked for you…it looks great! I tried this once on a filing cabinet and failed miserably. When it dried, the fabric was stuck on really well, but there was a white film on the fabric 🙁 Anyway, you did a great job!

  2. Perfection!!! I love this idea. I now need some bookcases to try it on. Love the fabric. It is very swoon worthy. Brilliant job my dear.


  3. I loved how it turned out Megan! I might think about this treatment for my older daughter's room. I have a bookcase I recently painted that belonged to my grandmother that we are using in her room at home, but a fabric backdrop would spruce it up nicely!

  4. This is a great idea. Next year I am moving two bookcases in the dining room and putting dishes in them. I am going to do this idea. Thanks for sharing.


  5. This is gorgeous! It makes me wish I would have done the same thing with our family room cabinets because they looks so stark white.

  6. I love this fabric, and what a great idea. I have a bland bookcase in our bonus room that this treatment would be perfect for. Thanks for sharing. visiting from Miss Mustard Seed.

  7. Brilliant! I want to do this on my oak built ins. My hubby says no paint and I'm not much of an "oak" person. Do you know if I can use starch on oak with out damaging it?

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