When it comes to making your house truly your home – every little decorating detail matters.

I have pretty much transformed every surface in my house over the 5 years since we moved to the lake. I still had one small detail to update though. It was not a big deal in the grand scheme of updating and decorating a house, but for me getting this last detail updated by adding my own style was a very big deal.

It is the last part of the house where the previous owner’s tastes still exists and it has taken me 5 years to get it done…. talk about procrastination!!!

Before gearing up to decorate the house for fall, I thought I would finally get this detail updated.

Old vinyl Contact brand shell motif adhesive shelf liner.

I am 5’5″ tall and only see the bottom shelf when I open my kitchen cabinets above the stove where the previous owner had blue and white shell motif Contact Brand adhesive shelf liner. Shell motifs were a thing in the house – both bathrooms also had shells as a decorating theme. 🙂

Before image showing spice cabinet with old ripped adhesive shelf lining paper.

When I made over the kitchen, I tried ripping up the adhesive Contact shelf lining paper, but only got a small section removed as it was not going to budge. At the time, I figured I would cover it eventually. 5 years is a very long eventually. 🙂

There is never a time like the present to get something done, especially now that I am spending more time at home.

To get the cabinet’s bottom shelf covered in something more to my liking, I went to my gift wrap stash and found the black and white plaid that I used to line the drawers earlier this year. That gift wrap also seemed like the right solution to line the cabinets.

Spice cabinet in kitchen with black and white plaid cut to fit non adhesive shelf paper.

It took all of 10 minutes. 🙂

This gift wrap is not like ordinary paper gift wrap. It has a vinyl component to it which makes it wipeable.

You can find wipeable gift wrap at HomeGoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls in many different patterns and colors. In my previous house, I used it to make a runner for my kitchen table.

Close up of black and white plaid gift wrap repurposed into shelf liner in kitchen cabinet.

So nice now to see color and pattern that fits my personal decorating style.

How to Line Cabinet Shelves with Gift Wrap

supplies needed:

  • Wipeable gift wrap or any decorative paper – sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, and TJMaxx
  • Iron-On vinyl or Clear Contact paper if using regular gift wrap or paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Optional: glue stick
Cutting wipeable gift wrap with scissors.
  1. Use a tape measure to figure out the depth and length of the cabinet interior.
  2. Cut the gift wrap to size with scissors.
  3. Place gift wrap into cabinet.
  4. If you want the gift wrap to stick, after placing it in the cabinet, lift the corners and add a few swipes of a glue stick on the underside of the paper.
Open kitchen cabinet showing gift wrap made into kitchen shelf liner. Black and white plaid design.

When I painted the kitchen cabinets, I didn’t paint the insides or the inner lip where the cabinet doors sit when they are closed. Keeping the lip paint free allows the doors to close all the way, with ease.

Don’t Have Wipeable Gift Wrap?

  • If you can’t find wipeable gift wrap or a color or pattern you like to line your cabinets, then the next best thing to use is any gift wrap you like which can be covered with clear Contact paper or iron-on vinyl as I did when I lined my kitchen drawers.
  • Or line your cabinets using the real thing – shelf-lining paper. Here are a few stylish options:

Stylish Shelf Liner Options

5 different colors, patterns and types of cabinet shelf and drawer liners and papers. Text overlay says Stylish Options Shelf & Drawer Liners
  1. Black and White Plaid Gift Wrap (similar to mine)
  2. Gripping Shelf Liner Non-Adhesive
  3. Contact Brand Cork Self-Adhesive Liner
  4. Wood Grain Shelf Liner
  5. Clear Contact Brand Shelf Liner

Lining cabinet shelves is a small detail that may not seem worth the time, but adding your own style to even the smallest detail in your home does contribute to making a cohesive look throughout a room and entire home, even when behind closed doors.

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