Hometalk Crafternoons: I used foam board. Thoughts?!

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I'm not sure if foam board counts.... but if it does, this is what I've been doing this weekend. We have a mud room with two large wooden racks with a cabinet pantry in the middle. I love them, because I can keep all our appliances on them without giving up cabinet space in the kitchen. But I didn't like how dusty things get (seriously, we just don't use the waffle maker all THAT often!).... and I didn't like how messy it looked even though everything has it's place. So, I made some panel curtains to deal with those two issues. But that still left the open sides to the cabinets. So.... I fashioned side panels out of foam board, (making them much like box tops that could be inserted into place ) and I covered them with matching fabric. Then I decided that even though we have a cat box, no one really wants to look at it. So I took more foam board, covered it with a complimenting contact paper and made a false front/top to better hide it. Everything looks tidier, bigger, and should stay cleaner.... so as long as the cat can still find her cat box, I am a happy camper!

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Before.... everything bagged and on the shelves in full view.

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And after.
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  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 18, 2017
    Ooops..... looks better right side up! LOL

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Feb 18, 2017
    This is really clever!!! Thanks for doing Crafternoons and thank you for sharing!

  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Feb 19, 2017
    Looks great! Gives me ideas for my own shelving!!

  • Fantastic idea, I want your mudroom! Thanks!

    • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 19, 2017
      Lol...thanks...finally having a mud room one of my favorite things about our house. Spent YEARS without one.... now I'm spoiled!

  • Jeannie Carle Jeannie Carle on Feb 19, 2017
    Wasn't terrible to begin with, but so much neater-looking now :-) Great ideas!

  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 19, 2017
    Thanks Jeannie!

  • Gail Gail on Feb 19, 2017
    For a more "decorator's touch", did you know you can use iron-on wonder- under fabric fuser& put fabric on poster board or foam board?? Just iron the wonder under to fabric, cut to fit size of ppister or foam board, then peel off paper backing from fabric & iron onto board. Put trim around edges too if you wish with double sided carpet tape or hot glue.

  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 19, 2017
    Great idea.... thanks Gail! I'd never heard of that before. Will have to try it.

    • Gail Gail on Feb 19, 2017
      You can buy iron-on wonder under by the rolls or piece pkgs at fabric cntrs, craft cntrs, or even Wal-Mart. It cimes in both light & heavy weights. I use this stuff all the time for lots of things. Glad to be of help.

  • SK on Elderberry SK on Elderberry on Feb 20, 2017
    So clever! Thanks for sharing. SK on Elderberry

  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 20, 2017
    Thank you!

  • Love your idea. Just what I need for a room plus my car box. I'm not understanding exactly your instruction for the project. Could you please post more information? Thank you.

    • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 21, 2017
      Sure..... It was really easy.... to hang the curtains I just used tension rods. I got them at Walmart for less than $3 each. I didn't want the curtain fabric bunching up, so I got the Cafe' Rod Clip Set...... you just put them on the rod (just like a shower curtain) and then pinch them on to your fabric to hold it in place. That way everything glides real easy. (I also sewed pennies into the hem of the curtains so that they hung straight and flat. ) The hooks are the Mainstays brand (Walmarts house brand), and come 14 to a pack for less than $4. You find them over in the curtain section... but check each aisle, because they weren't with the other curtain rings. I got the darker brass colored ones and want to spray paint my extension rods to match once we get warmer up here. :) For the side panels, I made a template with the foam board so that it completely filled the side panel, with about an inch extra in each direction. Then I scored the inch overage and folded it in .... just like a shoe box top, if that makes sense. I then laid the "box top" on my fabric, and cut the fabric large enough that I could fold it over the edges of the box lid. I stapled the fabric along the edges of the box top, and then used white duct tape on the inside of the box top to keep the edge of the fabric down and from fraying. Then all I had to do was pop them into place on the sides of my shelving units. I hope the pictures below help. :) Let me know if any part of that didn't make sense. Good luck with yours! I'm sure it will turn out great!

  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Feb 21, 2017
    That works really well and is so much neater. Great job! I'm putting fabric covered foam core in front of shelves, though it's a job I started months ago and still haven't finished! I want to be able to remove the foam panel, though, so need to figure out how to put a knob/pull/button of sorts on the front of it. Thanks for sharing your project and tips!

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    • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Feb 21, 2017
      Hmmm. . . That could work. Thank you!

  • Ardale Ardale on Feb 21, 2017
    Oh Wow, I have the same problem and also have my appliances covered in plastic to keep dust off them and it looks awful. My open cabinet is located in my utility where there is always more dust flying around having a washer and dryer in there. I keep my clutter organized but this cabinet can be seen from my kitchen so I think I'm going to try your idea if I can figure out just how you mounted your curtains with easy access to get to my crock pot, pressure cooker and bread maker all of which I do use fairly often, some of the other items I don't use very often but still do sometimes so don't want to get rid of them. Thanks for the idea!

    • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 21, 2017
      While I'm thinking of it.... I also sewed pennies into the bottom hem of the curtains so that they would hang flat and straight. And here's a picture of the hooks I described in my other reply posted below this one.

  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 21, 2017
    It was really easy.... I just used tension rods. I got them at Walmart for less than $3 each. I didn't want the curtain fabric bunching up, so I got the Cafe' Rod Clip Set...... you just put them on the rod (just like a shower curtain) and then pinch them on to your fabric to hold it in place. That way everything glides real easy. These are the Mainstays brand (Walmarts house brand), and come 14 to a pack for less than $4. You find them over in the curtain section... but check each aisle, because they weren't with the other curtain rings. I got the darker brass colored ones and want to spray paint my extension rods to match once we get warmer up here. :) So far it's been working really well for us. Good luck with yours....I bet it will turn out great!

  • Gail Gail on Feb 21, 2017
    Yes, but... u have to be a little more careful with the heat so as to not melt the plastic core than if using regular ole paper poster board (paper as some of us old schoolers call it). I use this fabric technique all the time making albums for different occasions. Always produces nice clean & neat edges for inside linings & even stronger scrapbook pages for writing & putting stuff on. Hope this helps.

  • Ardale Ardale on Feb 22, 2017
    Thanks so much for all your help and for the pics. I will be trying this!

  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 22, 2017
    Have fun with it and let us know how it turns out! Send pics.

  • Barbara Valenti Barbara Valenti on Feb 23, 2017
    Really a great idea! I always use whats on hand to help with a project. I've gotten to where i look for odd things to use in order to accomplish my project. Seems challenging and alot more fun. You did a very nice job!

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    • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 28, 2017
      LOL.... absolutely!!

  • Mimi Nomade Mimi Nomade on Feb 24, 2017
    What a wonderful and cost effective way to make it look so nice and neat.... That's definitely an inspiration for me

  • Bkc2023521 Bkc2023521 on Feb 24, 2017
    Thank you Mimi!