Brighten up a shelf with fabric in this fun decoupage bookcase project! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to do with Mod Podge.
Skills Required: Beginner. Ideally you’ll be able to remove the back of your shelf which makes this project really easy. If you can’t, it just requires a bit of measuring and cutting for each shelf.
One thing that’s on my to-do list for this January is to “re-do” my bookshelf – just like this decoupage bookcase with fabric project that you see above.
And all I mean by that is I need to take all of the books off, go through them, dust, reorganize, and make a giveaway pile. Every once in awhile you have to re-assess, right? And you know how one home decor project always leads to a slew of other projects. That’s the way it works.
If you are thinking of doing a decoupage bookshelf of your own, you should consider a complete revamp like this one by Wendy. She did it with fabric, and it looks gorgeous and isn’t as hard as you would think.
My opinion is that a room is brighter and a bit more fun with touches like this. To learn how she made her decoupage bookcase, check out the tutorial below.
IMPORTANT TIP: I wouldn’t use really thin cotton for this project, nor would I use a very thick home decor weight fabric. Midweight cotton or poly-cotton blend is perfect (especially for beginners).
- Mod Podge Hard Coat
- Fabric - enough to cover the backs of the shelves
- Squeegee or brayer
- Tape measure (optional)
- Pencil (optional)
- Remove all books from the bookshelf and either take off the back of the bookshelf or measure the shelves using a tape measure.
- Trim the fabric down to size using scissors.
- Lay the bookshelf or backing down on a flat surface. Add a medium layer of Mod Podge to the back of the bookshelf and spread. Press the fabric down and smooth, working quickly. If your backing is very large, work in sections.
- Smooth down using a brayer or squeegee and let dry for an hour.
- Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the back of the shelves and let dry again.
- If you did the entire backing, trim with scissors if necessary. Replace backer with screws or nails.