DIY Shelf Liner

3 Materials
1 Hour

Hi, I'm Liz from Simple Decorating Tips, a DIY and decorating blog.

Are you getting in the spring cleaning mood? I sure am! I’ve actually been working like crazy, cleaning out rooms to expand my decorating and DIY coaching business, Frame and Frills. I'm creating room for the new Fusion Mineral Paint line I stock! Even without a major project like cleaning out a whole room though, cleaning and re-lining a cupboard or shelves is a great way to clean, organize and refresh!

These simple DIY shelf liners are two different projects I finished recently.

The first DIY shelf liner project was for a big ole cupboard I bought from a friend. Some of the shelves were MDF and worked great, but weren’t so great to look at. The cupboard does have doors, so the shelves are concealed most of the time but I still like to have a good view when I open the doors.

Plus, I wanted to store placements and linens in this cupboard, so wanted something that I could easily keep clean.

My answer was to line the shelves with oilcloth. It’s durable and very cleanable.

I measured and ordered some oilcloth online.

This cupboard had a bump out in the center, so I just laid the oilcloth butting up to it, carefully cutting out the corners so it would lay flat.

I left extra in the front to wrap around the shelf, covering the unsightly MDF profile and giving it a finished edge.

To hold the oilcloth in place, I simply used a glue gun for the front bottom edge.

I put some dabs of glue on it, being careful to not melt the oilcloth.

I love how much I can store in this huge cupboard and it is so nice that the DIY shelf liner made from oilcloth is so durable and cleanable.

Another DIY shelf liner project I finished up a few months ago was for my bathroom linens. Unlike the huge oilcloth lined cupboard, the tall narrow bathroom cupboard is a vintage open shelf without doors..

The cupboard I found fit perfectly in the narrow spot and had just enough space for the bathroom linens. After I scrubbed it clean, I decided I actually liked the vintage paint finish so much I decided to not repaint it.

Instead all it needed was a DIY shelf liner for the towels to set on. I simply used white craft paper that comes on a roll ( like this).

Unlike the oilcloth liner though, for the paper, I folded the edges under and because it was paper, could crease them nicely.

Again, to hold it in place, my glue gun did the trick, this time though, just a dab in the corners is all that was needed.

For a finished front edge, a stip of eyelet trim added a sweet bit of charm.

How about you? Do you have a closet, cupboard or shelves that could use a good cleaning, organizing and refreshing? What kind of DIY shelf liner do you like to use?

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  • Lois Lois on Oct 01, 2021


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