Easy DIY: Adding Fabric To Glass Doors

October 6, 2014




I have another super easy DIY for you today, this one is quick and very inexpensive, but has the power to totally transform furniture and thereby a room...it's adding fabric to glass doors. I have written about the process before and shown photos of the technique employed in my kitchen, but here I show you step by step how to do it.

 Let's start with the before.



The electric fireplace I chose for my basement redo is very pretty and functional. It has tons of deep shelf storage to hold the kids' games and controllers. Unfortunately, the glass cabinet doors make the mismatched mess visible to the world...ick, that's exactly what I was trying to hide.


I started by measuring the glass panes so I would know how much fabric and tape I would need. I wanted one and a half times the width of the pane for fabric, that would give me enough to create a shirred look. For the tape, I needed an exact measurement of the glass pane plus about two inches more times two...one strip of tape affixed above the pane and one below. Just remember to multiply all your measurements by how many doors you're covering.

With my information in hand, I made a trip to the discount fabric store, where I purchased sticky Velcro tape (not sponsored- it's just what I bought) and a yard of  sheer brown fabric. I could've chosen a bright pattern or a contrasting beige, but I was going for a very elegant monochromatic scheme, so I chose this...for $3.99 a yard.


At home, I stuck my Velcro together and cut it to size. I trimmed the pieces to a length of about two inches longer than the pane and stuck it to the wood, centered over the glass. I pressed firmly along the entire length to make certain that it was stuck to the wood. Then I peeled back the plastic and got ready to add my fabric.


Now, adding the fabric to the glass doors can be a bit tricky, but the glue on the Velcro is very forgiving, so it is easy to reposition, if necessary. I just stick the fabric onto the Velcro, gathering it as I go, to create a shirred effect.

When the door is closed, it should look as if the fabric is hanging on a rod and just casually gathered. I check the front of the glass often during this process, so I am sure to get the look I desire.


Lastly, I stretch the fabric and adhere it to the bottom strip of Velcro, carefully lining up the folds I created on the top with the ones on the bottom.

When I am satisfied with my look, I trim the excess fabric away, give a little extra pat to make sure everything is solidly in place and shut the mess away!


Much better, don't you think?

What I really love about this DIY is that it is so adaptable.

Let's say that come Christmas I want to add a whimsical holiday fabric, no problem, the Velcro stays, just gently pull the fabric away and add new. The fabric on my kitchen cabinets has been changed many times over the last decade and I have never needed to replace the tape.

It's sticky.

How about if I decide to display my priceless collection of...I don't know, whatever you collect, I don't really have "priceless" anythings...well, that's fine, too! Just remove the Velcro and your glass cabinet doors are restored.


For now, for us, however, the fabric stays.

We may be the family who plays together and while I love having an abundance of fun to choose from, I really don't want to see it.

Thanks so much for popping by, hope it was helpful and if you have any questions, you can always reach me in the comments.

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39 comments:

  1. Thanks Kim! I wasn't sure if the velcro would stick after I got tired of the current fabric.

    Now, if you have a link to that fabulous fireplace, I'm sure more than one of us would love to see it!

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  2. Looks great, Kim, and so simple! You always have such great DIY projects. This room is very cozy; hope you are enjoying that fire! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

    Poppy

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  3. Velcro is a very good friend of mine! I'm going to try your project over the mirrors on the back wall of my china hutch. I use fabric covered foam core now, but think maybe the curtain look would be fun! Nice post. Thanks.

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  4. Thanks Poppy! Easy projects are my specialty! ;) I honestly just don't have the patience necessary for very involved renovations. I am also pretty fickle, so if something wasn't that labor intensive and didn't cost much, I feel better about replacing it...and the fire is lovely, thanks!!

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  5. Velcro is a good friend indeed, Cheryl! I usually pick up some of the sewing and sticking kind at the fabric store...just in case. You never know when you're going to need it! Can't wait to see your project!

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  6. Oh it sticks, Nancy! I keep waiting for it to curl up or fall off, but not yet. I haven't used any really fuzzy fabrics that would "bleed" off on the glue, everything has torn away pretty clean.

    For some reason I can't get the fireplace link to add, but it's from Home Depot:
    Home Decorators Collection Model # 25MM4495-PC72 Grand Haven 59 in. Media Console Electric Fireplace in Dark Cherry $399.00
    I hope that helps! :)

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  7. Great solution, Kim. I'm with you - I don't want to see all the "stuff".

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  8. Fabulous!! Kim that is a GREAT IDEA! for sure! It seems everyone wants to show off things behind glass doors, but sometimes it just isn't practical. Love it and Pinning!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Project Inspire{d}!

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  9. Thanks JoAnne, I'm all about the quick fix! ;)

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  10. I just don't have anything worth showing off right now, Diane! ;) Ah, maybe someday! Thanks for the party!

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  11. oh Cheryl! What a good idea! I have a bookcase that needs something on the inside back. If I combine your idea and Kim's I'll have it covered, and be able to change the fabric out as the seasons change!

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  12. That's such a quick and easy fix. Would love if you shared this on the Merry Monday Link Party.

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  13. Great DIY Kim! Right up my alley...quick and easy and looks great. Love your fireplace too. I don't have one in this house and I really miss it. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Ah, so THAT'S how you did it! Great idea and you now have great extra storage but a stylish cabinet! I'm on the look out now for some real linen (it's going to be costly) to make a curtain to go over out TV. We currently have a curtain there, but it's a shiny fabric that has been the "culprit" that is the main feature as to why I'm not satisfied with how our great room looks. The texture is not right for the French Country feel I want...I'm almost there, but texture of fabric is key and now I know! But to find the linen!

    GREAT SHARE!

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  15. Thanks so much, Anita! I'm all for taking the easy way out! ;) Isn't it funny, how just one element can make or break an entire room? I bet the linen will look wonderful, but where to find it is right. There is a really big discount warehouse near me and I can usually get pretty lucky, but they do not sell items online. Maybe you can get lucky at Etsy? Let me know how you fare!

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  16. I wasn't sure about the whole "fake fire" thing, Kristi, but I have to say, now I am smitten! I highly recommend! :)

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  17. I'm all about quick and easy, Erlene! Thanks for popping by! :)

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  18. That's a great solution, Kim, and looks very nice. That's a beautiful fireplace!

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  19. Thanks Carol. It's actually getting cold enough to use it now! :)

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  20. Well, you know how much I love quick and easy, Kim. Your solution is, indeed, elegant, and the tutorial is very helpful. Well done, my friend. ~ Nancy P.S. Pretty nail polish. ;)

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  21. What a gorgeous idea, Kim! It looks amazing! Beautiful fireplace!

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  22. Thanks Maria Elena! We are really enjoying it! :)

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  23. Thanks Nancy...and hey, thanks for noticing my nails! It's my first tutorial with pretty digits! :)

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  24. Great tutorial Kim. Sometimes it's nice to cover up when things inside are that beautiful. Other times I want thing to be seen. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  25. This looks fabulous! Pinned. We couldn't think of anyone better to party with! Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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  26. What a nice comment...and a pin? Fabulous! ;)

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  27. It's always good to have choices, Jann! Thanks for the party!:)

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  28. Thanks for popping by to check it out, Susan! It's so easy!

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  29. Great tip! Love it! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  30. Wow, this is brilliant Kim! It is such a simple solution and looks great! I'm off to check out your recipe for stuffed peppers!

    xo Mary Jo

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  31. Mary Jo, thanks so much! It's super easy to do! Thanks so much for checking it out and taking the time to comment. I hope you liked the stuffed pepper recipe! :)

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  32. Thanks for the party, Kathy. It's always so kind of you to stop by and comment!! :)

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  33. Genius Kim!!!! Love the update and the solution you did!

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  34. I was done looking at those colored boxes, Vel. I still want to play them, I just want to hide them!! ;)

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  35. You just have me a wonderful solution to an issue I've been trying to address for a long time. I need to cover my window above the air conditioner. I want light to filter in but can't hang curtains because of the window AC unit. I have sheers but never thought of cutting them and attaching with Velcro. Thank you for the great idea. :)

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    1. I am so happy that this is going to work for you, Janelle! It is really easy to do and inexpensive, too. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and have a great day! :)

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  36. The fireplace is really good looking and SO much better now that the 'fun' stuff can't be seen. Elegant and classy now.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Your elegant and classy comment just made my day!! :)

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