Unfortunately, by the time we received them, they were in desperate need of sanding to remove layers upon layers of paint. The four pictures below show some of the issues: runs, grit, unpainted areas. There were even unfilled holes and a block of wood attached to top sides...these were supposed to be completed pieces! Once those were removed the bookcases were moved outside, in order to sand completely with a power sander. Took over an hour sanding time for both bookcases 90"Hx37.5"W.
Once back inside the holes were filled with wood filler and lightly sanded. Inside lower doors sanded to remove gummy thick paint that was allowed to run.
My ONE word of advice: When you don't feel like painting - "DON'T"
Next mixed one teaspoon Amy Howard Black with 1/4C. Graphite Chalk Paint to paint base of upper bookcases. Once those were dry applied clear wax.
Final step was to measure and cut cardboard to fit upper half of both bookcases. Placed board inside upper cases to test for fit prior to adhering fabric. Bottom pic.
Used Elmer's Craft Adhesive to secure fabric to board and then also to back of bookcases.
Suggest recruiting a friend to help with the fabric. Makes it much easier to place, trim and secure with that extra set of hands!!
As a friend said, believe the fabric is like the icing on a cake!
Fabric can also be replaced when you want to change decor.
Always insert board to be sure it fits prior to placing fabric.
Fabric was cut 2 inches longer and wider than cardboard in order to wrap the fabric over edges.