our intrepid craft editors derek and lauren from the curiosity shoppe are reporting from sunny hawaii today! their simple but stunning shelf makeover will be the first diy project of the day, followed by our four diy contest winners! i will post 4 winners, one an hour, starting at 10 am this morning. each project will be listed with full instructions so stay tuned! read one for derek and lauren’s aloha diy post…
greetings from hawaii! we’re taking a little vacation this week, visiting our dear friends conn and john, two talented designers who also happen to be some of the craftiest people we know. they were kind enough to share one of the amazing projects from their recent kitchen redo with us. it’s a great way to spruce up your standard ikea lack shelving (and you know we love an ikea makeover!) simply by covering them with woven grass cloth and applying a coat of stain.
derek & lauren
here’s what you’ll need:
-ikea lack shelves
-woven grass cloth (you can also use paper, fabric, vinyl, etc.)
-polycrylic clear sealant
-wood stain in color of your choosing
1. prime or spray paint shelves
2. lay shelf on top of a piece of grass cloth. wrap cloth around shelf until it overlaps 1/2″ and trim to size. staple cloth to back edge of shelf.
3. wrap short ends like a present and staple, tucking in all raw edges.
4. mix 3 parts polycrylic to 1 part stain and brush over cloth covered shelf. wearing your gloves, rub stain into cloth fibers with your hands.
5. let dry and finish with a coat of clear polycrylic.
6. hang shelves (tip: you can camouflage the hanging hardware and screws with acrylic paint.)