Be sure to read ALL steps BEFORE you start your project, so you know exactly what you're doing, and you'll be less likely to make a silly mistake.
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Step 1: Gather Materials
-Bookshelf to cover
-Pretty cotton fabric (around 2-3m for a small bookshelf, 4-6 for medium/large shelf. Measuring is also a good idea)
-Mod Podge -Gloss Lustre/Matte (you should be able to get away with 8oz bottle if it's a small amount, otherwise you'll be right with 32oz bottle)
-Container filled with clean water
-Primer (If painting)
Step 2: Prepare
When you've decided which parts you want to cover and if you want to paint or not, be sure to paint first. If you decide to paint, prime the area and give the unit about 2-3 coats of acrylic/enamel house paint, making sure you let the first coat dry before adding the next. Otherwise, measure and cut your fabric into pieces to fit each panel you want to cover. Be sure to cut pieces a bit bigger, as the fabric may shrink a little when drying. Any overhanging fabric you can trim later.
Step 3: Getting Sticky
-Be sure to keep your brush wet when not using it, as the glue dries fast and can harden and ruin your brush. If you like, you can purchase a painter's brush from the hardware section of your local discount store for around $1-$2.
-Mod Podge is water soluble, so it will wash out of your clothes and it can even be used for kid's crafts as a regular glue. Though if you're still worried, be sure to wear older clothes that you don't mind if they're ruined.
-Work in a well-ventilated area. Your respiratory system will thank you. Also, it might be a good idea to leave overnight before using; especially in a small room (like a bedroom). I speak from experience.