This is such a frugal and easy way to really make a bookshelf or organizational shelf special! After lining the kitchen shelves in our new (to us) 1940’s farmhouse, I had quite a few scraps of this pretty self-adhesive shelf liner left over.
When I started putting together this organizational shelf to tame the supplies for my online store, I decided to line the back panel with the shelf liner. If you have a shelving unit that’s already assembled, you can either remove the back panel and line it, or carefully measure and cut the liner to fit while it’s still assembled. Here are a few tips to help…
- For units where the back panel slides into groves, rather than getting nailed or screwed on, measure the panel and add 1/4 inch so that the shelf liner can fold around the edges. This helps to give it a smoother look.
- Start by lining up an edge and *slowly* smooth the liner from the middle of that edge, working your way away from that edge and out from the middle.
- If there is an air bubble that you cannot smooth out, either lift the nearest corner until you can smooth the liner back down, or use something sharp to poke a tiny hole in the middle of the air bubble to allow the air out.
- Recruit a helper when using a very large piece of liner. They can hold the two far corners several inches from the back panel while you smooth the liner on from the other end.
- Some self-adhesive liners go on more smoothly if you slightly dampen the surface you are applying them to, so be sure to read the instructions.
- “Repositionable” liner will be a lot easier to work with than “permanent” liner.
- Many liners have a little note to warn buyers that the liner will shrink over time, so be sure to account for that when measuring!.
- Have fun and feel free to change out the liner whenever you want a new “look” to the room!
- Save extra little scraps to apply to other items in the room. Watch for another post on using shelf liner for decorating! 😉
How pretty is that?? A plain white backing would have been so boring compared with this.