What a little paint & vinyl can do…

Refurbishing a Bookshelf with fabric and vinylThis beat up old bookshelf belonged to my husband’s grandmother and has been sitting in our dusty Arizona garage holding paint cans for years. I had great intentions to refurbish it but never got around to it – that is until now.

I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate fabric with some vinyl thrown in there somewhere. I’ve really been drawn to the trendy damask fabrics that have made their way into my life. My little brother, Max was up to the task of making me a piece of vinyl damask – he and his fiance have a cricket machine. I’m now convinced that I really need one of these!

For fabric, I was going to go with a black and white damask but thought the whole project was starting to become too “damasky” so black and white polka-dots it was!

This project was as easy as pie! I sanded and sprayed the whole thing off then let it dry for a few days. Painted it black while I measured and cut foam board for the back panels. I covered the foam board with my polka dotted fabric using a hot glue gun while I waited for the paint to dry, then placed the tightly fitted panels into the bookshelf and added my piece of vinyl. It was quick and easy and beats that ugly looking bookshelf that was just wasted in my garage!

Refurbish Bookshelf with Fabric and VinylNothing makes me happier than a successful re-use project! ♥



  1. says

    I love that you brought such life back into the piece. We live in a world where most would have rather thrown it away instead of putting forth a bit of imagination and elbow grease… it’s absolutely beautiful. Well done you.

    • Carli says

      Thanks ladies! It’s not perfect – the wood itself has a lot of dings that I should have spent more time sanding (lesson learned!) but I love it and it fits in with my current imperfect decor 😉

  2. says

    WOW! That is truly an amazing transformation. That would go perfectly in my sewing room. 😉 Speaking of a Cricut machine, my mother-in-law got one for my girls last Christmas and it is so much fun! I highly recommend getting one. We use it for craft projects and also for projects for school. You can also get design packs much cheaper on Amazon than at Joanns, even with coupons.

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