With a love of sewing comes a lot of fabric, so this upcycling project is perfect for any stitchy obsessive! Look out for an old CD tower (they’re so often in charity shops or secondhand furniture joints) and give it a lick of paint, before decoupaging it with fabric and adding some sweet bunting. Voila! You’ve got yourself a really handy fabric storage solution.
- Old CD tower unit
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue, Bramwell Green and Belgrave Blue
- Rust-Oleum Finish wax
- Printed cotton fabric, Legacy collection from Art Gallery Fabrics
- Wide soft brush, 25mm
- Soft wax brush
- Cotton cloth
- Mod Podge
Prepare your unit by washing with soapy water and drying to remove any dust and grease. Chalk paint will adhere to veneered surfaces as easily as unfinished wood, but any flaking varnish will need to be sanded away before painting. Disassemble the unit if possible to make painting easier.
Stir the lighter colour chalk paint well and apply one even coat to the inner surfaces of the unit with a 25mm soft brush, going in the direction of the grain. Do not overwork. Allow to dry completely before applying a second coat to fill in any areas that haven’t covered the woodwork completely.
Paint the outer surfaces of the unit with one coat of the darker blue and leave to dry. Apply a second coat thinly and, while the paint is still wet, stroke in a little of the green to create a streaked, distressed effect in the direction of the grain. Work the two colours together for a subtler blend and leave to dry.
Use a soft brush to paint a layer of finishing wax over the top and leave for 15 minutes before buffing the wax to a shine with a cotton cloth. If you require a higher shine, apply a second coat of wax and buff after 15 minutes.
Press and place fabric face down on a clean cutting mat. Paste the top surface of a shelf with Mod Podge, leaving for a minute to get tacky, pressing down onto the back of the fabric. Use a sharp craft knife to cut the fabric around the shelf. Turn over and check for wrinkles. Seal the edges with more glue to stop them fraying. Repeat for the other shelves, using a selection of coordinating prints.
Create bunting for the edges of the shelves by cutting 4cm x 5cm triangles from printed and white fabric. Sew the triangles right sides together, pairing a print with a white, leaving the top edge open. Clip the corners, turn right sides out and press.
Cut a 3cm wide strip of fabric, 4cm longer than the width of your shelf. Turn in 5mm along both long edges before folding in half to make a binding strip. Pin the top raw edges of five triangles inside the fold, spacing to fit the width of the shelf. Repeat to make more.
Topstitch the binding to secure and wrap the bunting over the front edge of the shelf, fixing with drawing pins at the sides. Reassemble the unit and fit any shelf rests in place. Replace the shelves back inside the unit, trimming away excess binding strip if necessary.