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DIY fabric backed display shelf

Sometimes a quick and easy project is all you need to ease you out of a creative funk and brighten up a space all at the same time. Improving my surroundings - whether it be a complete overhaul or just a little touch - never fails to do wonders for my mood and work ethic. Today I put the finishing touches to the "wall of organisation" in my sewing room at home - a sweet little fabric backed drawer turned shelf to show off a few of the prettier things.

Before...

...and after

You will need:

  • an empty drawer
  • s scrap of fabric large enough to cover the inside of your drawer
  • a tape measure and scissors/rotary cutter & mat
  • Mod Podge or a similar water based adhesive that dries clear
  • a paintbrush or glue applicator
  • picture hooks and nails
  • stuff to display

Step 1

Before we begin, we need to give the drawer a good clean. Mine was super dusty and dotted with remnants of blu-tack! The cleaner it is, the better the glue will stick.

Step 2

Measure the inside of your drawer with a flexible tape measure. Transfer these measurements to your fabric, but allow yourself an 1/8" or so all round - too big is better than too small! Once you've cut out your piece of fabric, check the fit and trim down if needed.

Step 3

Slather the inside of your drawer with glue, covering the entire area to be backed, and getting into all the nooks and crannies. Leave to dry for about 15 minutes (or however long as directed by the brand of glue you're using).

Step 4

Now, very carefully, stick your fabric in place! Smooth out any wrinkles and use a knitting needle or other pointy tool to secure the edges of the fabric into place. If the fabric is still too big, you could trim any excess away with a scalpel or rotary cutter.

Step 5 (optional)

If you want to hang your display drawer, as opposed to propping it up instead, hammer in some picture hooks at the back and then hang as usual from nails in the wall.

All done! A massive difference made in under half an hour. And that's the stuff weekend DIY dreams are made of, people.

  • Elisalex de Castro Peake
  • DIYfabrichomerepurposing

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