Do It Yourself Shelf Liner

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Do It Yourself Shelf Liner
Decorate plain shelves with shelf liners to jazz them up. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Shelf liners add a decorative touch to closets, cabinets and drawers. Liners serve a utilitarian purpose as well--the slick surface of many liners facilitates clean-up of spilt food and other messes. Commercial shelf liner, which comes with adhesive backing, is difficult to remove later and is often banned by landlords, so make your own liners out of coated paper or thin plastic lining that features a design you like.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sponge
  • Mild soap
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Clean cloth
  • Measuring tape
  • Coated paper or plastic lining
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • T-square
  • Double-stick tape

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  1. 1

    Clean the shelves thoroughly with a sponge soaked in a solution of soap and warm water to remove grease and dirt. Wipe the shelves clean with denatured alcohol dabbed onto a clean cloth. Wait for the shelves to dry thoroughly--shelf liner adheres best to clean, dry shelves.

  2. 2

    Measure the width and the depth of the shelf or shelves with a measuring tape.

  3. 3

    Mark these measurements on the coated paper or plastic lining. Add a couple of inches to the depth measurement to create a liner that will extend over the front edge of the shelf. Use a T-square to ensure the corners are perfect 90-degree angles.

  4. 4

    Cut the liner to size with scissors or a utility knife.

  5. 5

    Place the liner on the shelf to test the fit. If the liner does not fit perfectly, trim it to fit snugly into the corners and against the sides of the shelf.

  6. 6

    Adhere the liner to the shelf. Secure the liner in place with double-sided tape stuck at 2-3 inch intervals around the perimeter of the shelf.

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