The cheaper, the better. The shorter, the better. Everything on hand? Yes, better. Get it done while the kids are taking a bath? Better. Before Mr. P comes home from work? Yes, EVEN better. And that is why this project is too awesome not to try!
Initially, this cabinet makeover was suppose to be free, but I’ll explain as we tutorialize, 😉 Either way, this makeover is super low cost. So what do you need?
- Boring cabinets or bookshelves
- Awesome fabric (think upcycling fabric, curtains, tablecloths, etc… if you want to do this project at no cost)
- Packing tape
Seriously, that’s all you need!
First, clean out the cabinet, remove doors, brackets, shelving and braces.
Measure the whole cabinet area and cut the cardboard accordingly. If you are upcycling fabric (I used a tablecloth at first), you can get away with not cutting the fabric. In this case, I wasn’t sure if I would want to use it later and couldn’t bring myself to cut it. Starting on one side of the carboard, fold over the fabric and tape. Once that side is secure, work on the opposite side of the carboard so that your fabric stays taut. Fold, tape, fold, tape. You get the idea.
It IS best if you can cut down the fabric, leaving an inch or two overhang to fold over the cardboard, but just fyi, it is doable to do like the above picture. Without the extra fabric on the back of the board, it does make for a smoother fit. Once you finished taping the fabric onto the board, place inside the cabinet and install the shelves (it keeps the cardboard in place and no need to adhere the it to the back of the cabinets)
I ended up searching high and low for fabric that would compliment the existing tablecloth but I could NOT find anything I liked. Until I found this! Ohhhhhhh. This is where the free to low cost comes in to play. This fabric was $5 a yard and I only needed 2 yards for 3 cabinets. Total project cost was only $10!
Of course, it didn’t match, but because the cardboard had already been cut, it took no time at all to swap the fabric! And in a short matter of time, I ended up with this.
Even the weird place over the fridge looks better.
What do you think? Are you going to give this project a try? If you do, let me know how it went!