On Thursday you may have seen my leopard chair redo. What you didn’t see was me freaking out when I suddenly noticed how cluttered and awful the shelves behind where the chair sits had become. I guess it happened slowly over time and that’s why I didn’t notice (until I was taking pictures with it in the background).
These shelves are built-in right next to my fireplace and upon moving into the house almost 10 years ago, became the DVD storage area. Nowadays I very rarely purchase a movie on DVD. It’s all instant streaming on my Roku nowadays, baby! BUT, I bought the movies I have because I loved them and wanted to watch them more than once and sometimes I do bust out my copy of Sorority Boys. I LOVE that movie – don’t judge me… :)
Back to the mess at hand, I soon realized that simply rearranging to be more aesthetically pleasing was not in the cards. This stuff still needs some place to go and it’s not like my little house has enough storage to begin with. So, I did what any child knows is the first rule in appearing to have a clean room. I swept everything into the closet and closed the doors.
Not really, but what I DID do was make faux shelf backs. Because sometimes, we want a nice clean look, in spite of the fact that it just isn’t possible to not have messy shelves.
This DIY is crazy easy. You will need:
- Cardboard or Foam Core Board
- Tape Measure
- Duck Tape
- X-acto or Utility Knife
- Spray Adhesive
- Fabric to cover
STEP 1: The first thing you’re going to need to do is measure the amount of space you want to cover. The space inside of my shelves was 15 inches tall by 27.5 inches wide. BUT the opening was 1.5 inches smaller on the left and right sides.
STEP 2: If your entry is smaller than the shelves, we need to cut two pieces of board to make one faux back. The reason is this: If you make your board bendable, it will cover up the entire interior. If not, you can only make it as big as the exterior opening is.
I attached 2 inches of board to 25.25 inches with duck tape. The duck tape is great because it’s really flexible. Then I cut the taped together boards to 14.5 inches tall. Do the same for the size of shelves that you have.
If you don’t have this issue, make your boards about a quarter to half an inch smaller than the space you need to cover.
Before proceeding, test out your first shelf back. If it works, use that one as a template for the remaining backs you need to build. If not, play around with it until it does work, or worst case scenario, start over with new cardboard.
STEP 3: Cover the front of your board with spray adhesive. When tacky, cover with your fabric, smooth out, trim up. I highly recommend using fabric over paper, because when bending the shelf back, it has give where paper does not. I used white felt because I have a crazy amount of it I need to use. Win, win!
STEP 4: Place your backs inside of your shelving, step back and smile. Yes you had to get crafty BUT you also didn’t have figure out what to do with that horrible mess. Which you can see mine for yourself and quietly judge me over below. :)
Happy weekend fellow DIYers!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website