DIY - Paint or Wrap -Transform your furniture with this quick and easy guide

DIY - Paint or Wrap -Transform your furniture with this quick and easy guide

Today as an example i will use my kitchen as this guidewas originally part of my kitchen makeover post - -with a simple "to buy or diy - your options and a diy guide) on how you can upcycle your kitchen doors or any piece of furniture
 

Kitchen corner post wrapped in sticky back plastic

Kitchen corner post wrapped in sticky back plastic

To diy : ( based on experience)
Transforming your doors with a lick of paint or wrapping them couldn't be simpler!
If you fancy giving this a go as mention before you have 2 options :

  • Paint -preparation is a key , before you start wash your doors with sugar soap and sponge to remove any dirt or grease that would build up , depending on a type of a door - wood or mdf - you can give both a light sanding , or with mdf you can also use a heat gun to remove the wrapping from the door

Once you done that you will need:
-zinsser bin primer - its by far best primer i used
-paint in color and make of your choice - i can recommend 3v3 paint (no need to varnish ;)
-varnish (optional but could be required for certain paints )
- paint brush and roller
After area is clean and dry apply a first coat of primer ( you will need to re coat - please check the instructions on the back of the tin ) , after you done with primer , use paint - i usually use roller to apply paint and slightly sand between coats for an even finish , make sure paint is dry between each coat , lastly varnish - apply few coats in between - again making sure that each coat is fully dry- be careful with your doors until surface is fully harden - for some varnishes , and paints it might take as little as few days and as long as few weeks

  • Wrap - I have a love hate relationship with wrapping doors and worktops in sticky back plastic - for a best results it requires some practice , as well as clean surface (washed with sugar soap ) - there are few methods that you can use to achieve a professional result

- dry method: you will need a credit card wrapped in cloth or a soft card , a cloth , needle and hairdryer (both are helpful with dealing with those pesky bubbles that wont go ) - start by unrolling your roll of sticky back plastic and undoing a little bit of the top - place the sticky side down onto a surface , then use a card , cloth to push out any bubbles , slowly keep undoing sticky back plastic working your way down , if there is a bubble that wont go away pierce the area with a needle and flatten it - hairdryer will shrink the wrap a little
-wet method: - use a spray bottle with a soapy water solution -this will stop the sticky back plastic sticking onto a surface allowing you to place it fully , then use a shower squeegee( or a grout multi tool) to squeegee away all the water that you spray onto a surface - then wipe all excess liquid with a tea towel - if there are bubbles poke them with the needle
And you all done

My painted dressing table

My painted dressing table

To buy :
Sadly I have opted for buying my doors for 2 reasons :

  1. I wanted a different style

  2. I have replaced drawers i didn't need with a full door

    Traditional Shaker style kitchen was always a small dream of mine , changing doors was a much cheaper option as well as the easiest one in terms of work and mess that comes with it - besides replacing 2 cabinets with a one long one and removing one wall unit in order to fit the shelving - all remaining doors were ordered from Kitchen Door Workshop as my cabinet carcasses were in a pretty good condition.
    I picked a traditional silk white door from the Trends range - Washington -from Kitchen Door Workshop Delivery for a a non standard door sizes took 7 days to deliver - next day for standard sizes (wow!)
    You can follow a easy video guide on how to measure the doors , and hinge spacing guide video that is provided on their website
    Because i was ditching most of the drawers that for some bizarre reason were put on the top part of every unit- it was quite a lot of fun working out where to place a hinge .
    When doors arrived all i had to do is remove drawer gliders and move one of the hinges up and then screw the doors in .
    Comparing to my new Ikea as well as my old doors - KDW doors felt heavier and made better , also corners were slightly curved which is a perfect option for families with kids .
    As i already mentioned i dont do planning i just go with the flow - when i placed an order i have changed my mind when it came to the amount of doors i wanted to order - a quick phone call and company added extra door to my order saving me paying for extra postage ! ( delivery is free for orders over £250)
    As long as you follow video guide for measuring ( and triple check everything ) you really cant go wrong
    For any corner posts you have 2 options -buy one that matches the right color , or go the cheaper route - fablon it -( sticky back plastic - i ordered mine in mat on ebay) - doors were fitted within few hours, as i had to move and adjust some hinges .
    Having a door made to measure also allowed me to add a door to a extra narrow space by the cooker(see pic below) - that part (as its not a unit) was made i think by the people who fitted the kitchen - it was to narrow for any narrow door ;)
    To fit handles - pick one you like ( mine were cheap ebay china find) you will need to measure the correct distance for the holes , mask the area for drilling - that will stop the drill sliding and damaging your doors in the process , also pick a correct type and size of the drill bit-
    For ease of installation you can purchase a " handle drilling jig" From Kitchen door workshop they also carry a range of handles as a " one stop shop"

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