Lining Furniture with Fabric

Vintage pin cushion and fabric

I wanted to finish up my Boutique Style Armoire series with how I lined the interior with fabric. This armoire was a big job from start to finish, but I think the fabric added the perfect touch to the overall look. I will include a supply list at the end of the post for your convenience. If you'd like to look back on the other posts, they are listed below:
The original interior was unfinished and dirty. Frankly, it just wasn't anything that I would want to put my clothes in.

Unfinished interior of vintage armoire chifferobe

I found this toile fabric, I think it is called "Spa Day", and used it as my inspiration for the design.

Fabric used as inspiration for design

I painted the exterior of the piece before working on the interior. I wanted to make sure that I was happy with how the exterior coordinated with the fabric before going further. Once I was happy with the design, it was time to work on the interior. I gave the entire interior a base coat of Old Ochre.

Coordinating fabric with painted furniture

The main stumbling block with this part of the project was I bought the last 2 yards of fabric on the bolt. I estimated that I needed at least 2 1/2 to 3 yards, and I searched for more fabric locally and online with no luck. I could have chosen another fabric, but I was in love with this design, so I needed to make what I had on hand work. There was no room for error! So prior to cutting the fabric, I measured the interior panels and created my own patterns. The panels were different sizes, so I labeled each "right", "left", and "back" to keep things straight in my mind.

Creating and labeling patterns

I taped the panel patterns to the inside of the armoire to make sure they fit perfectly. Next I laid out the patterns on my 2 yards of fabric to make sure I had enough room to cut. It took a bit of re-positioning to make sure the layouts were correct. As the saying goes, "Measure twice cut once." Plan B was to apply the fabric to only the back panel. Luckily I was able to play around with the panel patterns enough to get three panels.

Measure twice cut once

I ironed the fabric prior to cutting.

Ironing fabric

Since I wasn't lining the bottom, I covered the area with a piece of cardboard to protect it from any drips from the adhesive. I applied Mod Podge with a brush to one of the panels and then lined my fabric up at the top then unfolded it and smoothed it downwards towards the bottom. There's a lack of photos of this process because I needed both hands to place the fabric. Plus I was working inside a fairly tight space.

Adhere fabric with Mod Podge

The fabric adhered well and there wasn't much time for re-positioning it. I used painter's tape to help hold it in place until the glue was completely dry.

Using painters tape to temporarily hold fabric in place

I started with the back panel and then repeated the process on the left and right panels. You'll notice the armoire is resting on an orange towel. The towel serves two purposes. First to protect my wood floors from scratches, and secondly to make it easier to slide the armoire around the house while I worked on it (it is VERY heavy). I later ordered replacement wood casters and now it's so much easier to move!

Fabric applied to back panel of armoire chifferobe

Here's a photo of where the back and left panels meet. The bottom of the back panel had a piece of trim molding which I didn't cover with fabric. If I had an unlimited supply of fabric I would have matched the pattern at the corners.

Fabric meets at corner of left and back panels

And ta-da! Here's the wardrobe section with the fabric peeking through. It's still a thrill for me to open the door and see the pretty fabric. Probably because I remember how bad it was previously.

Beautiful fabric lines the interior of the armoire chifferobe

The supply list follows this one last look at the before and after. What a difference paint and fabric can make! Thank you so much for following along with this project. I appreciate you being here.

Before and after photos of armoire

Supply List:

Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some links are affiliate links which  means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!

How to line furniture with fabric


  1. great project. came out very nice. have you considered using felt for the shelves? i think that would finish it nicely

    1. Thanks J. I had not thought about using felt for the shelves, but that is a fantastic idea.


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