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June 5, 2012

Wallpaper-Fabric Painted Craft Storage

Wallpaper-Fabric Painted Craft Storage ~ How to turn a bookcase into a Craft Storage with matching sides and front {painting fabric using wallpaper} #FabricPainting #CraftStorage
We needed to move my craft supplies from the storage/crafts room we used before, as we need the space for something else. What to do .. ?

I like to use "unusual" spots for something. See photo on the left?  We broke out the top of the wall (on the left-side) in our passage, a couple of years ago, built in a counter, which opened up the kitchen, added some bar stools and now use it as a Breakfast bar.

On to today's project - When we bought our scullery cabinets a while ago, we received a standard chipboard bookcase for free. Roy painted it white, as I wanted to use it in the storage room, so just plain white was okay, then...

Now, I had to move my craft supplies to a more "public" space - the passage ! That corner always did seem a bit lonely, anyhow, so the Craft Storage moved there (This is only part of my supplies - must still figure out a way/place for the rest) .. Point is, I couldn't leave it like that - open, plain white, not even painted 100% !

Right top is what it looks like now from the corner/side - wallpaper on the side and painted fabric, to match the wallpaper design, in front - that's the right bottom pic.

Here is what I did :
Wallpaper-Fabric Painted Craft Storage ~ How to turn a bookcase into a Craft Storage with matching sides and front {painting fabric using wallpaper} #FabricPainting #CraftStorage

Photo left - I used white linen to make a curtain, with eyelets.   Photo right - those are standard wooden cabinet knobs, but I've glued (using wood glue) it to the corners, as Roy drilled some holes into the "middle" piece of the knob for the dowel stick to fit in.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of doing the actual wallpaper, but it's really very simple - First photo on the left shows what I've used (Spray Adhesive and a Spray Sealant). I measured the sides of the book case, leaving a one inch border all round, cut the wall paper using zig-zag scissors.

I turned the bookcase on it's side, after which I sprayed the wood, as well as the back of the wallpaper with the Adhesive, waited about two minutes and slowly started from one side to press/rub it down with my hand. I used a rubber craft roller and rolled out any bubbles which might have formed (always do this from the center outwards). Ended spraying it with the sealant and gave it another coat after 5 minutes. 

After that, I left it overnight to completely bond before flipping the case over to do the other side the next morning. WALLPAPER DONE!

Wallpaper-Fabric Painted Craft Storage ~ How to turn a bookcase into a Craft Storage with matching sides and front {painting fabric using wallpaper} #FabricPainting #CraftStorage

The second, third and fourth photo's show how I made the stencils and painted the fabric. I cut out the two different sized flowers from a piece of wallpaper using my craft knife (2nd picture). Third photo - I applied some tac-tac glue (not permanent and won't leave any stickiness behind) to the back of the cut-out stencil, (this type of glue only needed to be applied once as it stays on the stencil) waited about 5 minutes for the glue to "settle" and then (4th picture), placed it in position, and started to paint over the stencil using fabric paint and a small craft foam roller.

A foam roller works very nicely as you can start with light strokes, press harder (should you want a darker color) or apply another coat.  I decided to do 3 of the larger flowers in a row, 2 of the smaller flowers in the second row and repeated down to the bottom of the curtain.

Wallpaper-Fabric Painted Craft Storage ~ How to turn a bookcase into a Craft Storage with matching sides and front {painting fabric using wallpaper} #FabricPainting #CraftStorage

I painted the lines/leaves freehand style and wasn't really concerned for it to be perfect. On the two photos at the right, I filled in some of the minor .. but necessary, details to the flowers (of course trying to copy as best I could from the wallpaper - because, me ?... no Picasso! ). Once all the painting was done it needed only to be ironed (I iron both sides) to make the paint permanent. Always use an old thin piece of fabric under and over when ironing.

The curtain is now ready to be threaded through the eyelets with the dowel stick ! When dirty, wash and iron normally.

I quite enjoyed this as it was my first dealings with wallpaper and I haven't done any fabric painting in over a year ! (Must say .. the wallpaper made a very strong stencil and I'm keeping it for future projects).

Hope you found something interesting here, (I had other ideas for the front of my new Craft Storage-case.. but, yeah, they don't always work out and then one must - shake the head, loosen those braincells and something will pop-up)

Wallpaper-Fabric Painted Craft Storage ~ How to turn a bookcase into a Craft Storage with matching sides and front {painting fabric using wallpaper} #FabricPainting #CraftStorage


  1. I like the way you did this. It is going to look so cheerful!

  2. very cool! look how crafty you are! i have to say i'm impressed - i always marvel at how creative some people are. beautiful!

  3. Wow! Love this, please share it! Link it up with me on my Wow Us Wednesday, ok? Over at

  4. Gorgeous! Love it! Thanks for linking!

  5. OMG, Linda, it's a great work! I envy you for the patience and care it took to make this wonderful storage!

  6. Oh my goodness this totally rocks! I've never seen this done but it sure makes sense! We would LOVE for you to stop over and link this post up and any others in our Crafty Showcase. Our showcase runs from Sat-Thur and then on Friday our designers pick their favorite to be featured.

    Stop on over and share! We even have a linky for ETSY and Crafty Businesses.

    Thanks, Susie @Bowdabra

  7. How very clever and artistic to hide craft supplies behind what became a work of art. What patience you have to carefully paint your pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Have a great weekend!

  8. WOW this turned out beautiful! I love the flowers. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great weekend.

  9. Wow!! So beautiful! Great way to hide all the supplies.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  10. Thanks for visiting - I have enjoyed your craft storage journey and find your flower stencil very graphic. I am adding it to my Pinterest board for future reference.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  11. Great storage solution! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


  12. This is the cutest project. I can not believe you made the stencil. I am blown away.
    Thank you so much for linking with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great week.

  13. I'm so impressed with all that stenciling.. wow what a lot of looks LOVELY!!!! I just love it...

    Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY

  14. I love this. And the stenciling is fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  15. I love this project. Thanks for linking ar Adorned From Above.

  16. Congratulations! You are featured in my All Star Block Party post today. Thank you again for joining us :)

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  17. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch.


  18. So pretty :) you are really handy with your craft knife I could never cut it so precise


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