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Nefficus
« on: March 30, 2005 12:45:12 PM »



Hi everyone - I've been visiiting this place so long, I finally bit the bullet and registered so I could start contributing!

I moved into this fabulous house built in the 1920s a few months ago.  The kitchen had been "modernized" with the ugliest and cheapest white cabinets I had ever seen.  Since I rent, I didn't want to put alot of money into replacing them or redoing them.  Also, I couldn't make any permanent changes to them, such as painting them, without my landlord getting upset.  So....  I decided to cover the fronts of the top cabinets with this funky paper that I found at Urban outfitters (www.urbn.com).   Here's a short tutorial on how the project went:

1) I measured my cabinets, and decided that I didn't want my cecorative panels to cover the whole front.  I decided to leave about an inch on each side, and about 2 inches on the bottom.  Armed with these measurements, I marched into Home Depot, picked out a sheet of really thin birch-front plywood (I think they called it luwon).  The nice guy there was able to fit all my measurements onto one sheet, and cut them for me that day.  The sheet cost around 10 bucks.

2)  I went back to the store to pick up the pieces of plywood, and also picked up a can of the strongest spray adhesive.  Looking back, I should have also picked up a dropcloth - it makes things easier.  The spray adhesive was to adhere the paper to the luwon.  I also picked up a few packs of those 3M double-sided sticky thingies that are removeable without damaging surfaces.  I believe they are called "Contact"  I picked up enough to have four for each panel - one in each corner - to adhere the wood panels to my cabinet doors.  I also bought a medium grain sanding block to sand the edges of the wood pieces, since they were a little rough.

3)  With all my materials assembled, I sanded the wooden pieces, wiped them down with a slightly damp paper towel to get rid of most of the sawdust, and sprayed the side I wanted the paper to stick to with spray adhesive.  You have to give it about 30 seconds for it to get tacky, then I laid a piece of the decorative paper on top and used an old wallpaper edger to smooth out the air bubbles.  A ruler will work for this as well, or an old credit card if you are patient.  Be sure to smooth from the center out to the edges, and not to press too hard because you don't want to tear the paper.  This whole process works best if you lay the wooden piece flat, spray it, then lay the paper flat on top of it and smooth it down.

4)  Once the air bubbles were out, I flipped over the wood so that the paper was on the bottom, and used an exacto knife to trim the extra paper from the edges. 

5)  I repeated the above for every piece. 

6)  With all the pieces covered, I used the 3M stickies to adhere them to the cabinet doors, putting one in each corner and then pressing on each for about a minute to ensure a good stick.

Things I learned:  A dropcloth makes the spray adhesive/exacto cutting go alot better.  I just used old newpaper and it kept sticking to my decorative paper and then to my feet, and it was very frustrating.  Also, instead of trimming off the paper right at the front edge of the luwon - if you leave enough extra to wrap around to the back and tape, the edges look much better.  I didn't do this, and now my paper is starting to curl up at the edges (not enough to be bothersome, but I have had to start regluing the edges down now that it has been up for about 3 months).

Happy decorating!

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 12:56:12 PM »

um....where's the tute?
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2005 01:04:42 PM »

Sorry, I accidentally hit "post" instead of preview, because I'm an idiot Smiley  - it should be up there now!
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2005 01:31:25 PM »

That's a great idea for the cheap cabinets everywhere!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2005 09:15:57 PM »

 Smiley  i love it!!  i have been wanting to do the same to my cheap modern cabinets, and now that i can see how great it looks, i believe i will.  thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2005 09:18:38 PM »

p.s.  that kitchen is huge, and gorgeous!  and i love your floors. i'm jealous!  the landlord needs to fix this dump up.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2005 09:06:11 AM »

Thanks guys!  The hardwood floors go through most of the house and are so beautiful... but yeah, my landlord doesn't really fix anything, and it was a terrible mess when I moved in.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2005 09:12:23 AM »

Oh!  you are sooo great.  I have the worst cabinets EVER!!!  There's even a panel missing from one, and I, too, rent, so I didn't want to spend the money, but it's an absolute  eyesore.

What a great idea!  My landlord is a cheap-o too.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2005 05:11:08 PM »

Those are really cute!  What a great way to dress up UGLY cabinets....easily!
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2005 06:48:35 AM »

When I first moved in I didn't want to spend all that much money on decorating and fixing up stuff, because I rent and it's just a waste.  But then I started thinking... I've got this really cute place, and I'm going to live there for years, so it's really not a waste, because it will make me happy Smiley

Thanks everyone for the compliments!  I *heart* craftster Smiley
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