Yesterday I shared my $13 Pantry Makeover, not bad, aye?
I have those [fabulous] metal wire shelves... yes, I'm sure they were very cost effective for our contractor, but everytime I have to set small items on them they constantly fall over [annoying]. Or, even better, I once had syrup leak, and because there's no actual shelf it managed to get everything sticky on all four shelves and the floor below! Every mess gets to "share" itself with all items below... but not anymore :)
All you'll need for this project is a new drop cloth, linoleum tiles and a thread with string [doesn't even have to match your fabric].
I decided to create a little "dust ruffle" for each shelf to help keep them cleaner [and I just liked the way it looks]. I used a new dropcloth for this task [because they have pre-finished edges, are very durable & inexpensive]. I just cut the edges off [I wanted that hemmed edge so that it would look finished], each strip was about 4" wide and the length of my shelves.
Now, because I wanted it to lay nicely on my shelf, I determined the length of fabric that I wanted hanging down [make sure it's long enough to cover the metal completely], and marked it on a stir-stick [very techincal!], then folded my fabric over using the fancy stir-stick mark for accuracey, and ironed it to get that crease nice and strong.
Now, see that pretty crease right on the edge of my shelves? Once everything is lined-up, stitch it right onto the shelf by looping around a wire. I stitched my fabric down on both ends and in the middle.
You can hardly even see it... but it's going to be covered-up anyway [that's why the thread color isn't important]!
Now your shelf looks like this: [better already]
Now it's time to add the linoleum tiles. I found these at a home improvement store for less than a dollar per 12"x12" square. I purchased 20 and my total was $13. I believe you can have them cut in the store as well if needed... my shelves were exactly 12" deep and 4' long so I lucked out!
Just set your tiles on the shelf and [boom] you're done! Now... I orginially thought that I'd use those sticky floor tiles for this project... but they are really thin and I wanted something with a little more thickness [and I didn't want my shelving to get sticky either]. I also considered inexpensive ceramic tiles... but they would add too much weight and cost more. In the end, I think this was a perfect and super affordable choice!
Now I don't have to worry about things tipping over or spilling... and it looks WAY better! And all for only $13 [Full disclosure moment: I am a crazy DIY lady who has perfectly new drop clothes laying around my house... so add a whopping $10 to your total if you're a normal human being!].