Update cabinets or a tired old chest of drawers with a lick of paint and a special photograph.
You will need
- An old cabinet
- 100 grit sandpaper and wood filler if necessary
- Paint (we used Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the colour “Florence”)
- A personal photograph printed to size on 80gsm paper
- Mod Podge
- Sponge roller
- Craft knife
- Handles (we used copper pipe saddle brackets)
9 simple steps and you’re there — make it your weekend project!
Measure the front of the cabinet and add 2cm to the height and width. Then have a personal photograph enlarged and printed at ORMS Print Room & Framing. Remember to take in a sheet of 80gsm paper for them to print on.
Sand down the cabinet to remove any rough patches. The drawers need to be very smooth as the applied print will reveal any imperfections underneath.
If there are chips or scratches in the wood that you would like to fix up, now’s the time! Apply the wood filler according to the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure that it has dried thoroughly before sanding it lightly.
Paint the cabinet in the colour of your choice. We applied 2 coats and then sanded the edges lightly to get a beautiful vintage look. There’s no need to paint the drawers since you’ll be applying the print over them anyway.
Using the roller, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the drawers. Make sure that you clean any excess from the sides so that the print doesn’t stick to anything except the drawers.
Apply the print and allow to dry slightly before you start cutting the paper away with the craft knife. Ensure that you cut the paper slowly and carefully — it is wet so it can tear quite easily! Don’t cut the paper directly on the edge of the drawer since the little bit of overlap will allow you to finish off the edges neatly.
Apply 2 coats of podge over the paper, allowing the first layer to dry completely before applying the final one. This will create a varnish over the paper to protect it.
Once the podge has dried, check all the corners: if they are not completely stuck down, carefully lift them up and apply more podge under the paper as well as over it and allow to dry.
Fix the handles in place and stand back to admire your work!
Drill the holes for the handles before you apply the print to avoid damaging the paper
Images and copy supplied by Homeology & Orms Print Room and Framing #printwithorms