Before & After: Shelf Liner

The kitchen cabinets in our apartment are relatively new so they’re in excellent condition. To help protect them and keep them looking new longer, I decided to line the shelves.

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Lining the shelves couldn’t have been easier. Since these are newer cabinets the shelves are removable. (I’ve lived in more than one old apartment with ancient cabinetry with shelves that are painted/nailed/glued in!) By removing one of the shelves I was able to lay it flat on my oilcloth and trace it. I did this four times, cut out all the pieces, and lined the shelves. Within ten minutes I was stacking my dishes in the refreshed cabinet.

When I was finished I was delighted to discover than in addition to protecting the finish of the cabinets, lining the shelves in red gingham also gave them a sprucing up. The red gingham oilcloth was leftover from a previous project but I love the way it works with our yellow Fiesta Ware.

Of course there are a number of materials that could work for shelf lining. In addition to oilcloth, you could use wallpaper, fabric, or a non-slip rug pad.

Images: Jason Loper