We love our new urban space in DC, and we’re still trying to get everything settled. It always seems like there’s one area (or sometimes more than one) that just collects clutter. That area for us at our new place was a built in desk in our living room. We weren’t using it for a desk, so it just collected the bar stuff that we didn’t know what to do with. It always looked messy which was driving us crazy! I kept telling Alberto that we needed to buy a cabinet to store everything, but we couldn’t find anything we like (story of our lives…) Then Alberto got the great idea to just leave everything where it was! I know, it doesn’t sound brilliant on the surface, but what he meant is that we could turn the desk area into a bar. This opportunity also gave me the chance to try something that I’ve always wanted to do: apply fabric to a wall. To finish it we could just hang a couple of shelves, and all of a sudden, a cluttered eyesore becomes a beautiful accent area in our living room!
Here’s what we used to make the liquor cabinet:
- 1 1/2-yards of fabric
- Liquid starch
- Two glass shelves with hardware
This is what we needed to put it together:
- Scissors and measuring tape
- Sponge and bowl
- Stick pins or staple gun (to hold the fabric in place until it dries)
- Exacto knife
Let’s make a bar!
I started out by measuring the back wall of the desk so that I could cut the fabric. Then I measured the fabric, and cut it to size leaving about an inch extra all the way around to allow for shrinkage as the fabric dries. Once the fabric is cut, I soaked the top of the wall with starch using the sponge, and then I place the fabric on top of the starch. Again using the sponge, I soaked the fabric so that I clung to the wall.
Once I had the beginning of the fabric in place, I used a staple gun in about four areas at the top to keep the fabric from falling while I continued with the rest of the wall. Our fabric choice was more of a medium to heavy weight, and there’s a reason why they say to use a lighter weight fabric. It’s VERY difficult to soak the heavier weighted fabric, and it doesn’t want to cling to the wall as quickly. Oh well . . .
I continued to attach the fabric to the wall by using the steps above (without the staple gun) and working my way down. This is a VERY messy process, so be ready with a couple of towels, and get everything out of the way. After the fabric was attached to the wall and still damp, I used the sponge to work out any bubble paying particular attention to the corners.
After the fabric was dry, I went back over all of the corners with the Exacto knife to cut away the excess fabric.
Now that I have the fabric up, I just need to hang the shelves. We ordered our shelves from the local glass shop, and they fit perfectly. I simply installed the hardware as described on the side of the box, and put up the shelves. You need to make sure that your shelves are level as you’re installing them, otherwise your glasses may end up all over the floor! I put up the shelves and started organizing the bar. It looks so great, and now we have a place to keep everything!