So now, here it is almost three months after all that, and I'm just realizing how horrid my one glass cabinet is. I mean, I guess I should say I realized it a while ago, but I'm just now getting around to doing something about it.
Here is what it looked like just after I applied the vinyl backsplash (before I finished the last two inches of the vinyl in this area, I guess... what the heck?). I had put my Polish pottery pieces my MIL brought me back from Germany in there along with a hodge podge of other things.... random cake plates, other serving pieces, super attractive (sarcasm) cookbooks.
The Polish pottery was a must-go so I found another spot for it and pulled in some of my white dishes like so:
And here it has sat for the past two months.
My problem was that I wanted to do something fun to the back of the cupboard but didn't know what. I didn't want to paint it. I didn't want to spend a lot of time, energy or money on anything. I didn't want anything I did to be permanent. Why do I give myself so many rules??
Then, last week, like the trumpets of angels, I got my inspiration! I saw a feature (and I've looked and looked and can NOT find it now dangit!) where someone had applied fabric to the backs of her shelving using liquid starch!! Yes! This answered all my criteria... easy, not permanent, and cheap!
I realize some of you may have known of this ingenious trick forever but it was new to me. If it's new to you, here is how you do it.
- Fabric of choice cut to size... cut at least one inch larger than area as fabric tends to shrink!
- Liquid starch. That huge bottle is $3. After looking at a couple of stores, I found it at WalYuck, go figure.
- A large bowl or bucket.
Soak fabric in enough liquid starch to saturate it all the way through.
Squeeze out excess starch and apply to back of shelving. Smooth with hands removing wrinkles and air bubbles. Total application time = 15 minutes.
See how it shrunk? Shrinked? Whatever that word is.
"Women know about shrinkage, right?" --George Costanza
When I realized what was happening with the shrinkage ("It shrinks?" --Elaine Benes) I scooted it all down toward the bottom and then ended up adding another little strip along the top. It's barely noticeable because my fabric doesn't have a pattern, but make sure you cut your fabric larger than the area so this doesn't happen to you!
After the fabric was dry (I let it dry overnight), I put the shelves back in and accessorized!
I moved my cookbooks to another location and gathered up more white dishes to put on the shelves. I also grabbed that cute plant and container at Ikea to add into the mix. And did you notice I finished the vinyl there? Yay me.
A couple of mini makeovers within the makeover:
Spray painted Goodwill frame with one of my favorite pictures in it:
And I took this Goodwill find:
To this with a little spraypaint and some sandpaper:
(oh, and some fake pears)
And this is when I was once again reminded how important the details are. I wish the above picture could really show you what a huge difference this has made... take my word for it?
I absolutely loved this project, by the way. Applying that fabric with liquid starch was so fun & easy! I highly recommend it. I actually did it TWICE... the first fabric I chose turned out HIDEOUS. It was gray and white patterned (the last thing I need was another gray and white pattern in there) and the gray was off. Like, way off. Why do I tell you this? Because, when I went to remove the gray & white fabric after it had dried completely... it peeled right off, clean as a whistle! Perfect for renters or the non-committal types (like myself).
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