Make cupboard linings and edging for shelves

Lined cupboard created by Sarah Moore

Many of the old cupboards, chests of drawers and wardrobes I come across and covet most are lined with vintage wallpaper. For darker and unpainted woods, adding such decoration will also create a lighter effect. You can update the edges of shelves in a similar way, attaching strips of patterned or coloured fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, postcards or maps, with a little glue.

You will need

• Ruler
• Fabric or paper
• Pencil
• Scissors or craft knife
• Paintbrush or kitchen sponge
• PVA glue
• Drawing pins


1 To line your cupboard or drawer, measure the area that you would like to cover, then mark these dimensions onto your fabric or paper, and cut out. Alternatively, you could use lots of smaller patterned pieces to create a collage effect.

2 Make sure the surface to be decorated is clean and dust-free, then, using a paintbrush or kitchen sponge, apply a thin layer of glue to it. Position your paper and, working from the centre out, smooth any creases or air bubbles gently towards the edges. To seal, coat it with another thin layer of glue and leave to dry. If using smaller pieces, stick them down one at a time, then seal the surface when the whole area has been covered.

3 Once dry, use a craft knife or scissors to trim any excess pieces of paper from the edges. You can then repeat the entire process on all of the other panels that you wish to decorate.

4 For shelf edges, measure the length of the shelf and cut an appropriately sized strip of fabric or paper, making a feature of any pattern by cutting around it to create a scalloped effect. Attach with glue, using drawing pins to keep it in place until dry.

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