How to decorate a cabinet with your own hands?

Every Russian family has, or once had an old Soviet closet. Someone had said goodbye to this for a long time, throwing it in the trash. But did you know that this work of art of Soviet thought can be given a second life? If this article fell into your hands before, then your old closet would shine with new colors. And for those who still have a “Soviet long-lived” somewhere in the country, it becomes possible to make an original cabinet decor with their own hands and complement the interior of the apartment with a truly designer attribute.

Old shabby wardrobe made of wood before restoration do it yourself

Any furniture grows old over time, but do not rush to throw away a shabby wardrobe - it can not only be brought back to life, but even made better and more original.

Cabinet restoration methods

At the moment, there are many suitable acrylic paints, adhesives and impregnations available, thanks to which you can decorate your cabinet with your own hands without any problems.

Restoration of an antique wooden cabinet

Beautiful wardrobe in a country style with elements of light scuff

There are several ways:

  1. Painting the facade, as well as the side walls of the cabinet in different colors.
  2. Decoupage of facades with subsequent application of varnish.
  3. Pasting with paper or vinyl wallpaper (photo wallpaper).
  4. Matting the glass surfaces of the cabinet. And when using patterned stencils, you can make unique patterns on the glass.
  5. Do-it-yourself patination of the frames of the facades, as well as the internal open and side surfaces of the cabinet.
  6. Artificial aging of wood.
  7. Application of skinned on glass facades.
  8. The use of decorative plaster or foam for the manufacture of patterns on the facades of the cabinet.

Note. Initially, patination (patina) was an independent process. A patina layer formed on the metal parts of the furniture, as well as on wood and glass.

Wooden cabinet before and after painting with your own hands

Painting is the simplest solution that gives you a ton of visual options.

Do-it-yourself restoration of the back wall of the old cabinet

Wallpapering of the back wall and cabinet drawers

Cabinet cabinet decor with fabric wallpaper

Wardrobe decoration with textile wallpaper

Decor with a self-adhesive film of a case from a chipboard

Alternative to wallpaper - self-adhesive film

The choice of the method of restoration of the old cabinet with your own hands depends on the personal preferences of the residents, as well as the style of the interior of the room where you plan to place it. Also of great importance is the material from which the cabinet is made. You will not succeed in aging facades from particleboard.

Wallpaper restoration

Wallpapering the cabinet is necessary if it is made of chipboard. This is a direct consequence of the properties of this material. At home, it is not possible to convert a laminated chipboard in a different way.

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Paper wallpapers are easier to glue, but they are fragile, although the latter does not really matter if they are varnished.

Consider the example with a cabinet made of chipboard. Before wallpapering the facades, they need to be removed. Further, if there are frames of battens on the doors, it is also desirable to dismantle them. A layer of acrylic paint is applied under the wallpaper.

This is an important condition not only visually, but also technologically. Acrylic paint has high adhesion (penetration), and itself, in turn, can well absorb the subsequent layers of glue.

Before applying the paint, the doors are cleaned with sandpaper (helps to increase absorption). After applying several layers of the previously selected coloring, as well as the complete drying of the facades, they immediately proceed to wallpapering.A layer of glue is applied to the wallpaper sheet and to the door.

The decor of the old cabinet in the tone of the walls

The doors of this cabinet are pasted with the wallpaper remaining after the repair of the room

If paper wallpapers are used, then you cannot smear them with glue, since they are very thin and will tear at the first opportunity. In this case, the adhesive is applied only to the elements of the old cabinet.

Separately, you should paint the frame, which is subsequently attached to its original place. The interior space can also be glued.

Bright wallpapers on the closet and the wall of the children's room

Another decoration when the cabinet merges with the walls

Do not forget about the compatibility of the color palette, as well as the wallpaper pattern with the overall design of the room. A do-it-yourself sideboard is required to complement the interior and match it.

Antique Restoration

This method is more time consuming than described above. For the decor of an old antique cabinet, only natural wooden materials are suitable. There is no need to completely disassemble the cabinet. But you have to transfer it to the street.

Attention. The aging process of wood is accompanied by a large amount of waste wood chips and dust.

Restoring individual elements of a wooden cabinet

Rust must be removed from metal parts. Large defects of wood are covered with putty

Panels, frames are cleaned of old varnish, paint. Then they must be carefully sanded. In the process you will need to use:

  • sandpaper of different grains or a grinding machine;
  • thin-brushed metal brushes, synthetic or abrasive-polymer brushes, as well as sisal finishing brushes;
  • tourist gas spray with a burner;
  • stains, impregnations or natural oils for wood.
Artificially aged wooden panel of the old cabinet

Aged wood surface can be obtained using brushing technique

You can learn more about the method of aging wood by watching a video on YouTube.

After carrying out grinding work, the resulting wood is treated with a colored stain, wait for its complete drying, and then open with varnish.

Using this method, the furniture acquires a century of exposure. This method is perfect for decorating cabinet surfaces with your own country-style cabinets.

Old country style wardrobe

Such a closet fits perfectly into the rustic interior of the living room or bedroom

Art Deco Restoration

Art Deco received the greatest popularity at the end of the twentieth century. Characteristic features of this design are luxury, brilliance, high cost of finishing materials. The colors of the interior and furniture are mostly white, black, gold. Accent is possible with violet, red, green and brown colors. Black and white portraits of famous people of the past will be appropriate here. This style is inherent in the gangster layers.

Do-it-yourself wardrobe in the art deco style

Stylish wardrobe of dark purple color with golden elements

In the design of furniture with your own hands, this direction can be expressed in different ways. Regarding cabinets and chests of drawers, it can be either plain facades and panels painted with acrylic paint in one or two colors, or decorated furniture using decoupage.

Decoupage napkins or film is a universal and practical way to give the interior, as well as creative furniture. Its forms, patterns, colors, prints are widely represented by paint and varnish stores. In Art Deco, these may be the same faces of bandits of the past, or, as it has become very fashionable, the figure of the unforgettable Marilyn Monroe.

DIY old wardrobe stain

First, the entire cabinet is painted in primary colors. To make the borders clear, use masking tape

Decorating cabinet panels with decoupage napkins

Then decorate the panels using the decoupage technique

Restoration of an old grandmother's cabinet in mixed media

Finishing stage - applying a protective layer of varnish

It will be interesting to use a special varnish with cracking properties when coating decoupage furniture facades.

The pattern made of the mosaic with one’s own will look original. To do this, you need to have several unnecessary porcelain or ceramic plates, mainly black and white and gold. The plates are broken into small pieces, and then a pattern or figure is assembled from them according to a stencil.The resulting fresco is poured with epoxy resin or plastered with tile plaster in the color of the interior.

Decor of the surface using fragments of ceramic tiles

Pieces of tile - a great material for the original decor

Furniture fittings, small parts, as well as a rack frame, are painted with a golden shade of acrylic paint.

DIY cabinet decor with do-it-yourself shells

Chic cabinet decor with sea shells fixed to the prepared surface using hot melt adhesive

Features of the restoration of the cabinet from chipboard

A chipboard cabinet usually has a laminated surface. Before gluing the wallpaper, the laminated layer must be removed completely. This process is very time-consuming, so it is better to use decoupage film.

Stripping the varnished coating on the chipboard cabinet

The varnished layer must be cleaned in two stages using a different-grain skin

With the help of decoupage film, any old Soviet wall will receive the face of a European sliding wardrobe. Before decoupage, the surfaces are treated with a degreasing compound, which is suitable as:

  • gasoline or kerosene;
  • acetone (white spirit);
  • dishwashing detergent.
Degreasing the doors of the old cabinet before finishing

It is better to vacuum the surfaces first and then wipe them with a cloth with a degreasing agent.

After processing, the surface is painted with acrylic paint in several layers, each of which should dry well.

Painting the doors of an old cabinet

Gently disperse the paint, avoiding stains and smudges

Decoupage film is carefully applied to the panel (door), pre-lubricated with glue. Further, the folds are smoothed out with a sponge and the plane is equal.

Drawing roses on the painted surface of an old cabinet

Cut the pattern from a decoupage napkin and glue it on the surface of the cabinet

Do-it-yourself restoration of an old cabinet from chipboard

You can additionally decorate the cabinet with ribbon strips

After the glue has completely dried, varnish is applied to the resulting surface.

Tip. A unique effect is obtained if varnish is cracked, which cracks when dried. This method of restoration is suitable for design in the style of Provence and Country.

Two doors from the cabinet with an updated antique surface

The photo shows an example of an artificially aged surface using Crackle varnish.

At the stage of furniture painting, before decoupage, it is possible to patinate the facade. This is achieved by the use of an absorbent sponge or an ordinary rag. When the paint is not yet completely dry, you need to wet the sponge in some places and remove a small paint layer. The effect is reminiscent of time-old French furniture in the Provence style.

Finishing wood carving using patination technique

Furniture patination is especially effective on curly elements

Video: restoration of an old cabinet covered with oak veneer

Photo ideas for decorating old cabinets

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