Today’s post wraps up my week of blogging about the revamp of our family room fireplace and built-in bookcases (Monday’s post detailed painting the bookcases and adding new moulding and hardware and Wednesday’s post was a low-down on designing the stone veneer fireplace).
Start out by cutting your piece of burlap so that it is about 4″ longer and 4″ wider than the back of your bookcase. Iron out the wrinkles. One of your four edges will be a straight, “finished” edge (the original edge on the bolt of fabric) whereas the other three edges are probably a bit uneven because they have been cut – uneven is ok at this point! Starting with your finished edge, fold over 1″ of burlap along the entire length of the side and iron it down, keeping the ironed edge as straight as possible. Next, do the same thing (fold down and iron) along the entire length of one of the neighboring sides, making sure that your folded edge is straight and that there is a minimum of 1″ of burlap folded over along the entire length of the edge. Then, using the measurements of the height and width of your bookcase back, fold down and iron the length of the other two sides of your burlap piece so that the height and width of your burlap match that of the bookcase back. The final step to prepare your burlap is to cut the entire length of the three unfinished burlap edges exactly 1″ from the ironed edge – do so by using a yard stick or tape measure and marking a straight 1″ line with a fabric marking pen or chalk:
Once you have done this to all three unfinished edges, the back of your piece of burlap should look something like this all of the way around:
I’m loving the warmth and texture that the burlap adds to the room and that the burlap is a neutral backdrop that gives me a lot of flexibility in how I style the shelves. Speaking of styling my shelves, I used a lot of the frames, etc. that I had on the shelves before the makeover but also added some new elements based on some of the inspiration photos I collected on my “styling bookcases” Pinterest board.
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your weekend!