Have you ever been overwhelmed by so many projects that you just don't want to do any of them? That's how this "little" project started. It seemed so simple, such a no brainer. Something that would make me feel that I've accomplished something, which would then make me want to continue with a more difficult task.
You simply measure and cut the paper and install it. Sounds easy, doesn't it? I have no idea why I would think that, since hardly anything goes as planned.
Here's how it went. This weeks "challenge" in my minimalist group is the kitchen, second time around. This is still the beginning of my journey, in pretending I'm going to someday become somewhat minimalistic. Living with less. But that's a different story I'll be sharing with you. Let's get back to my shelf paper.
In the meantime, going to the hardware store for other things, I checked out the shelf liner there. I was thinking of all the different patterns that must be out now, and whether I should just get a solid color.
Then I saw the price of it. Wow, I just could not wrap my brain around spending so much just to line a shelf. It comes on a roll, listing the square feet so when I multiplied the length times the width I realized it would cost around $5 a shelf to cover. I thought it a bit ridiculous just to make my cupboard look nice. I wanted to do this as
I left the store pondering what other options may be out there. I know many, many years ago people actually used, well, paper. Butcher paper, newspaper and other reasonably priced papers. I also know that some people use trays for things such as oils and syrups that can leak. I searched the internet for viable options and finally found a few. I really liked the idea of making my own oilcloth but decided that in itself would be another project.
Now, if you want every drawer and cupboard in your kitchen to be the same, then you will have to do the math, and go out and pick out the amount of square feet you will need. Or the amount of table cloths to buy. I didn't care if it matched, so hence just used the supplies in my home.
The first thing I did was toss the vinyl tablecloth into the dryer on low to get the fold lines out.
You will notice that some of the tablecloths have rounded corners.
To take care of that problem, you need to find a straight edge.
From that edge I measured an equal distance along the length of the cloth. I did this along the length, putting a dot. I then laid my ruler along those dots, and drew a line along them to make a straight line.
I then cut along the line, thus eliminating the rounded corners.
From there it's easy, measure your cupboard, measure your square of cloth and cut it out. I made mine about 1/8th to 1/16th shorter to allow for stretching. Yep vinyl can stretch.
From there, put it onto your shelf until it is straight and flat. If you need to, retrim if it's too big. I then took upholstery tacks, or just plain regular thumbtacks, and well, tacked them down with a
hammer. If you rent, and cannot put tacks, then I think the two way poster tape would be fine.
And that's it, The two shelves are done. Plus I did the drawers above that shelf. Now, if I can find time to do some more shelves. Until then, I'll just admire these two shelves.
Other materials that can be used. Freezer paper, butcher paper, scrapbooking paper, oil cloth, fabric, wax paper, newspaper, newsprint plain, plastic trays, upholstery vinyl/fabric. This job can be as elaborate as you want. I wanted it to be as easy and quick as possible, and to be able to use materials already in my home.
References and Helpful Websites:
Go Gingham-Stylishly Frugal Living
marthastewart-oilcloth basket liners
creativejewishmom-lining shelves with a decorative edge