I have an awesome tutorial for you today! This is what I spent most of yesterday working on. It took a little bit longer than I thought it would. I know you’ve seen me use starch to stick fabric to the wall, but now I have a tutorial and a really cool way to use it.
I’ve fallen in love with bookshelves that have color in the back. It spices up a room, but it’s in a small area and you don’t have to paint a whole room.
I had filed away these ideas when I first saw them knowing I would use them once I moved. We got here are there’s a great built in bookshelf near the front door. I can’t paint or glue on the walls though because we’re renting. Instead I used starch and fabric! I used a Premier Prints chevron fabric*.
Liquid Starch-it’s by the spray starch but it should be in a bottle. My big bottle was maybe $2 and this is the fourth time I used it with lots left.
Container for the starch
Fabric- thin fabric is by far the easiest. This time I did it with decor fabric and it was hard to get the starch to soak in which makes the fabric less sticky.
Wipe the back of the bookshelf, wall, or whatever you’re going to use so it’s clean. Now measure each spot or wherever you’re putting the fabric and cut the fabric into those pieces. I measured each space and then ripped my fabric to fit that space, so I had 8 pieces of fabric.
*Important* Sometimes the fabric shrinks when you get it wet, and sometimes it stretches. Maybe test a piece before you cut them all. I ran into problems later because I didn’t test my fabric first.
Now you can watch me putting the fabric onto the back.
Really make sure that the fabric is flattened against the wall with no air bubbles. Smooth it and straighten so that it looks nice.
The fabric on the bookshelf! Doesn’t it look great?
I had a little bit of problem because I thought my fabric would stretch when wet, but I think it shrunk just a little bit. Luckily, there are things going on my shelves so nobody sees the problem.
Here’s my version of the painted bookshelf.
I really love it, and I’ve needed to get some chevron in my life.
It is a little busy, but since it’s in a small area I don’t mind it. It’s a great pop of color and pattern.