How To Cover Glass Cabinet Doors With Fabric

March 24, 2015



How to cover glass cabinet doors with fabric

This is my office space. The area was created using the same cabinets and formica chosen for the attached kitchen. While it's great for continuity, it's not so great when trying to create a cozy farmhouse cottage nook to work in. Stock pieces and laminate countertops do not scream country charm.

What's a girl to do? Well, this girl adds fabric when she needs to warm up a space. Fabric has the most wonderful transformational qualities. It softens hard edges, adds whimsy, personality and color in a way that nothing else can...and, let's face it, it's pretty.

When we renovated this space, a bit over ten years ago, I added fabric to the glass doors over the desk to warm up the area. The fabric addition gave the cabinets more of custom furniture feel. It was fall when I conquered, and I use that term very loosely, this project the first time, so I went with a dark print.

Covering glass doors with fabric
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Now it is spring and like I said, I've been living with that fabric for a long time. I felt that it was time to lighten things up a bit and the process is so easy and inexpensive, why not?

Glass kitchen cabinets with fabric

Much better, don't you think? 

I just love the Posy Stripe Fabric. It's very fresh. 

I have posted the how to on this project two other times, but in case you missed it, here it is again.

Supplies:

Fabric 




I started by removing the old fabric. 

Country kitchen desk area

It was super easy. I started by measuring my cabinet doors and buying enough velcro type sticky tape to line the cabinets on top and bottom. It doesn't matter which side you stick to the cabinet. 

use velcro to add fabric to glass cabinets

If you are a little short and have to piece it together, that's fine. No one is ever going to see it and it will stick just the same. When your door is lined and both velcro pieces are stuck together on the door, remove the protective tape, exposing the "sticky".

easy fabric craft

Next, cut your fabric to one and a half times the width of the glass area. You will need the extra width to gather the fabric, so it looks shirred when you close the door. When cutting the length, make sure to add a few inches to the top and bottom so you have enough fabric to reach your velcro. I can't give an exact measurement, because it all depends on your particular cabinet and your velcro placement.

How to cover glass cabinet doors with fabric

Now the tricky part ~ just kidding ~ there is no tricky part here. It's all easy. Just grab your fabric and stick it to the velcro sticky tape. I start at the top, gathering fabric as I go to create pleats. When done, I move to the bottom and do the same. I close the door a lot during this process to see how it looks from the outside and reposition it if necessary. The velcro is very sticky and very forgiving. You can move it around several times, no problem.

Charming kitchen desk area

It took me about twenty minutes start to finish to change the fabric out completely. The transformation is quite dramatic. The desk area feels cleaner, brighter and more enticing now.


The flowers my husband brought yesterday look great here, too. I alway keep flowers and fruit on my desk and it's always this clean and paper free. 

kitchen farmhouse desk area

Of course, if you believe that, I've got a bridge and some real estate I'd like to discuss with you.

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If you would like to see a more detailed tutorial you can check out this post.


If you would like to see some other ways I have used fabric around the house you can look here...


or here...


or here...

Chair slipcover

Or here!

No sew chair upholstery


Obviously, I have a problem with fabric!

How about you? Are you a fabric junkie?






   

74 comments:

  1. Wow this is a great tutorial with your easy to follow instructions that even I could do this! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us. Your new fabric looks great in the cabinets and perfect for spring and summer! Hope you have a nice week Kim!
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I do like the new bright color. I am so ready for spring! :)

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  2. Love the fabric panels in the glass. So pretty. Great ideas

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  3. OMG! I am such a fabric addict! I but it even when I don't know what I'm going to do with it! Love your cabinets with the fabric in it. Looks great!

    Judy

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    1. Thanks Judy! I buy it when I don’t know what I’m gong to do with it either! Addicted! ;)

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  4. Dear Kim ... I absolutely love fabric. Your fabric projects are very nice. I think fabric adds such a charming touch. Thank you for sharing. ♥ Teri

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    1. Thanks for popping by Teri and leaving such a sweet comment. I do like this fabric! :)

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  5. I do love fabric, but I'm no where near as creative as you are with it. Your office space look pretty with the new fabric. I would have never believed you accomplished it with velcro!

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    1. Thanks Gina, It's such an easy DIY!

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  6. Looks great. I like both fabrics. And if you saved them you could have a collection of them to switch out whenever you are ready for a little change. Nice.

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    1. I really like fabric Lorri. I liked it so much, I chopped it up and started making something else from it. I'll keep you posted!:)

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    2. I will be watching for it. :D

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    3. I'm working on it, Lorri!

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  7. I actually gave all of my fabric away when I moved here because I just didn't have room to store it! And I'd been buying fabric for over 20 years because I quilted through my thirties. Your little spot looks nice and cozy and the fabric adds just the right touch.
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks Brenda! My aunt was a big quilter, I used to love to go into her spare room and look her giant collection. So pretty.

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  8. Your cabinets look so great with the fabric. Genius. Very pretty.
    Kris

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    1. Genius, huh? I’ll take it and that's a high compliment coming from the creative master herself!! Thanks, Kris! :)

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  9. I love what you do with the fabric! Fabric is so expensive nowadays - put just a bit here and there and it's a nice touch, though. I love your desk area.

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    1. Thanks so much and I agree, fabric is expensive! I only buy it when it’s on sale, otherwise, I’d be in real trouble! :)

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  10. Wow Kim... I LOVE how the springy fabric just changed the whole look of your little space! And I have to admit the tulips from your husband are pretty amazing too! I had to giggle at your bridge and real estate joke. Who knows what lies beyond the eyes of the camera, right? and... it doesn't matter anyway. LOL! Your tutorial is great, and you've actually inspired me to do SOMETHING with all that material I've got, lol!

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    1. That desk is such a catch all! The kids' papers are usually on it, along with my mail. I like the redo a lot though~ maybe it will keep me motivated to keep it clean all the time! ;) If only!

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  11. Don't get me started on being a fabric junkie!! Cute way to line your cupboard doors. Love the tulips!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I am so addicted to fabric, especially when it’s on sale and I love the tulips, too! ;)

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  12. Fabric adds such nice visual texture and warmth. I love what you did, Kim! It's lovely both ways, but it's always nice when we make a change. Maybe you need to start a cabinet fabric collection and switch it out monthly! Lol, just kidding. Or am I??

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    1. Haha! I always say that, too! Wouldn’t that be fun!

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  13. Velcro is one of man's greatest invention!!!! Love the change Kim!

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    1. Velcro is awesome, Vel and easy!

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  14. I've always loved the charm of the fabric and glass front cabinets. I love your fabric choice - so fresh and pretty. Jane

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    1. Thanks Jane! It’s a great way to hide the mess inside, too…shhh! ;)

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  15. Pretty is always nice ... pretty look and pretty easy project. Gotta love that velcro!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! It is a pretty easy project.

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  16. Hi,
    I like to play with fabric too. I have a curtain covering our lower kitchen cabinet by our farmhouse sink. I change up the fabric with the seasons. I also use it for decorating my garden stand. I am a fabric junkie too.
    I LOVE your pretty nails. :-))
    Carla

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    1. I have always loved the look of a skirted farmhouse sink. I bet it’s super sweet! :)

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  17. Kim, very pretty fabric - being red and white, this is always true!;) You are such a talented seamstress, not to mention, stylist - love the look you've created here for this photo shoot. You've obviously studied all those 'Cottage Style' glossies and could ace any decorating exam, I bet!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy! I have a kid taking a photo class right now, so I am studying alongside. I am glad to hear it shows!

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  18. Remarkable and very, very nice freshened up look!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! It’s a nice pick me up after all this snow!

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  19. It's very nice Kim but I'm partial to lighter colors....as for keeping the desk looking that way that's life. I do use baskets a lot which at least make it look more decorative......until the basket overflows.

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    1. Thanks Ronda! I like baskets, too!

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  20. Lol when you said it was always clean and paper free my jaw dropped : )

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    1. Just a little joke there, Deb! ;)

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  21. I do like the new look of the cabinet very much, the fabric is lovely. And your magazine stand is beautiful.
    I adore fabrics. One of my spring cleaning tasks is to trim down my stash and I'm delaying that one, don't want to part with anything :-)

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    1. I have a hard time parting with fabric too, Amalia! So many pretty patterns...

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  22. This is a great idea for the glass cupboard doors. We're starting to think about building a house on our property (we presently live in a mobile home with additions), and I like the idea of glass front doors in the kitchen, but I have wondered a little about the possibility of it being annoying to keep things neat and limited inside. This would provide a great option if I found I didn't like the need for tidiness in a cupboard. I would love being able to change out the fabric too, being a fabric lover. That makes me feel like we could do that and be happy with it either way. :-) Thanks for sharing it! I'm going to save it to my file of ideas.

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    1. I love my glass cabinets, I have them in the kitchen where I keep them unadorned. However, the cabinets over the desk have become a catch all, so covering them up was not only pretty, but functional, as well! It's the best of both worlds!

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  23. The new cabinet curtains look so pretty, Kim! I really like the soft shirred look.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I really like the fresh feel they have now!

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  24. I really like your desk area. It is a good combo of country and efficiency. I guess what I mean is that it is authentic. I can imagine that one actually works at the desk. I'll have to go back and check out the partially slipcovered chair - looks intriguing!

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    1. I do work at the desk. I really wanted a free standing piece of furniture in the space, but this worked best! I hope you like the chair...that was a necessity after an unnamed someone did a bit of damage...ugh.

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  25. Ahhh fabric to the rescue and you did an exquisite job :^)
    I don't even want to think about fabric today...I have YARDS of the stuff all over my dining room. Eventually it will be made up into curtains, pillows, chair cushions etc., for the dining and living rooms. At this moment it is being used as a hidey hole for a certain princess cat! She has been having a ball jumping in and out!
    Your desk is great, and I'm a green eyed monster :^) If I even HAD a desk, it would never be clean and pretty. I'm a confessed junque collector :^0
    Blessings,
    J

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    1. Thanks J! I love fabric…I just have a thing for all the color and texture. Right now I am wrestling with my sewing machine trying to scrap together a new curtain out of the old panels from the glass cabinets. It’s slow go and I don’t have a kitty friend to entertain me! :) Good luck with your projects!

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  26. Yes! I am a fabric junkie! Your cabinets are beautiful with the fabric added. Now you don't have to worry about making everything exactly perfect inside for display. Using Velcro was a great idea. :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

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    1. Exactly, Kim...and trust me, the insides are not perfect!! ;) Not even close!

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  27. What a wonderful and simple way to enliven spaces. I must confess that my desk seldom looks as neat as yours. How do you do it?

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    1. Haha ~ Thanks Lulu! I stick all the mess in the desk drawers and hide it behind the fabric! ;)

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  28. Kim,
    I love how you have added the fabric to those glass cabinet doors. Thanks so much for sharing at my Show and Share Party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thanks for coming by to take a peek, Linda and for the pretty party! :)

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  29. Damn it! I actually fell for that trick that you kept it that clean LOL

    I love what you did with the glass doors and all your projects :)

    I have no idea how I got this far behind on your posts... catching up now...

    xo

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    1. I really do try to keep that desk clean, Rue, but it just doesn't happen. It's a giant catch all.

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  30. What a great way to add fabric to your cabinet doors. I have a hutch that I have been wanting to add some fabric too and now I know how to do it. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Robing. It's a super easy cheat! :)

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  31. Love the Spring update on the cupboard doors. You've created a lovely space!

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn! It was an easy update, for sure!

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  32. I am loving the white that everyone is decorating with. But alas I can only look. My husband prefers leather and wood! Stopping by from The Over 40 Bloggers. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    1. I like wood and leather, too, Kathy. I also like color and lots of it. I do have white in my kitchen but it is accented by red walls, dark flooring and wood pieces. I have tried the all white look and it's just not me!

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  33. Wow, the fabric behind the cabinets looks really nice! Great job. I'm visiting from the Over40 FB group - nice to meet you!

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Melanie. Thanks for peeking at my fabric trick. It really is super easy! :)

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  34. Love the tutorial and your fabric ideas. Pinning & sharing :)

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    1. Thank you so much Wendi! You just made my day!! :)

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  35. I love this idea, and I see you've used fabric to decorate other items in your home. You're so creative! Saw your link at DIY Party.

    Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary! I love to use scraps...nothing goes to waste! ;)

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  36. Kim I love this idea using the fabric with velcro was genius. And you can change it out so easily.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! Have velcro, will cover!! And it's cheap too!!

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