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How to decorate your wardrobe with your own hands?

Every Russian family has, or once had an old Soviet wardrobe. Someone has long since said goodbye to this, throwing it into the trash. Do you know that this work of art of Soviet thought can be given a second life? If this article had fallen into your hands earlier, then your old cabinet would have shone with new colors. And for those who still have a “Soviet long-liver” somewhere in their dacha, there is an opportunity to carry out the original decor of the cabinet with their own hands and complement the interior of the apartment with a truly design attribute.

Old shabby wood cabinet before DIY restoration

Any furniture gets old over time, but do not rush to throw out a shabby wardrobe – you can not only bring it back to life, but even make it better and more original

Cabinet restoration methods

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

Restoration of a semi-antique wooden cabinet

Beautiful country-style wardrobe with lightly worn details

There are several ways:

  1. Painting the front and side walls of the cabinet in different colors.
  2. Decoupage of facades followed by varnish application.
  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 glass.
  5. Do-it-yourself patination of facade frames, as well as internal open and side surfaces of the cabinet.
  6. Artificial aging of wood.
  7. Application skinned on glass facades.
  8. The use of decorative plaster or polyurethane foam for the manufacture of patterns on the facades of the cabinet.

For your information. Initially, patina (patina) was an independent process. A layer of patina formed on metal parts of furniture, as well as on wood and glass.

Wooden cabinet before and after painting with your own hands

Painting is the simplest solution, which gives a lot of visual options

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

Wallpapering the back wall and drawers of the cabinet

Cabinet decor with fabric wallpaper

Wardrobe decoration with textile wallpaper

Decor with self-adhesive film for a chipboard cabinet

Alternative to wallpaper – self-adhesive film

The choice of the method for restoring 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 it is planned to be located. Also of great importance is the material from which the cabinet is made. You won’t be able to make old chipboard facades.

Wallpaper restoration

It is necessary to paste over the wardrobe with wallpaper if it is made of chipboard. This is a direct consequence of the properties of this material. Laminated chipboard at home can not be converted differently.

DIY baby locker decor

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

Consider an example with a chipboard cabinet. Before wallpapering the facades, they must be removed. Further, if there is a frame made of rails on the doors, it is also advisable 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 absorb the subsequent layers of glue well.

Before applying paint, the doors are cleaned with sandpaper (it helps to increase the absorbency). After applying several layers of the selected early color, 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.

Decor of an old cabinet with wallpaper to match the walls

The doors of this cabinet are covered with wallpaper left after the renovation of the room.

If paper wallpapers are used, then it is impossible to 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 pasted over.

Bright wallpaper on the wardrobe and wall of the children's room

Another decor option 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 hand-made sideboard must complement the interior and match it.

Antique restoration

This method is more laborious than the one described above. For the decor of an old semi-antique cabinet, only natural wooden materials are suitable. There is no need to completely disassemble the cabinet. But you will 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.

Restoration of individual elements of a wooden cabinet

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

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

  • sandpaper of different grain sizes or a sander;
  • fine wire metal brushes, synthetic or polymer abrasive brushes, and sisal finishing brushes;
  • tourist gas canister with a burner;
  • wood stains, impregnations or natural oils for wood.

Artificially aged wood panel of an old cabinet

Aged wood surface can be obtained using the brushing technique

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

After the grinding work, the resulting wood is treated with a colored stain, wait for it to dry completely, and then open it with varnish.

With this method, the furniture acquires a century-old endurance. This method is perfect for decorating cabinet surfaces with your own hands in the Country style..

Old country style wardrobe

Such a wardrobe will perfectly fit into the rustic interior of a living room or bedroom.

Art Deco restoration

Art Deco gained the greatest popularity at the end of the twentieth century. The characteristic features of this design are luxury, shine, high cost of finishing materials. Interior and furniture colors are predominantly white, black, gold. Accenting with purple, red, green and brown colors is allowed. Black and white portraits of famous people of the past will be appropriate here. This style is inherent in gangster layers.

DIY art deco wardrobe

Stylish wardrobe in 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 dressers, these 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 are a versatile and practical way to give your interior and furniture a creative look. Its forms, patterns, colors, prints are widely represented by paint shops. In Art Deco, it can be the same faces of the bandits of the past, or, as it has become very fashionable, the figure of the unforgettable Marilyn Monroe.

DIY painting an old wardrobe

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

Finishing the closet panels with decoupage napkins

Then the panels are decorated using the decoupage technique.

Mixed media restoration of grandma's old wardrobe

Finishing stage – applying a protective layer of varnish

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

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

Surface decoration with ceramic tile debris

Pieces of tile are great material for original decor

Furniture fittings, small parts, as well as the slatted frame are painted with golden acrylic paint.

Do-it-yourself decor of a Soviet cabinet with shells

Elegant cabinet decor with seashells fixed to the prepared surface with hot glue

Features of the restoration of the chipboard cabinet

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

Cleaning the varnished finish on the chipboard cabinet

The varnished layer must be cleaned in two stages, using sandpaper of different grain sizes.

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

  • gasoline or kerosene;
  • acetone (white spirit);
  • dish detergent.

Degreasing old cabinet doors before finishing

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

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

We carefully disperse the paint, avoiding streaks and smudges

The decoupage film is gently applied to the panel (door), previously greased with glue. Next, the wrinkles are smoothed with a sponge and the plane is equal.

Drawing of a rose on the painted surface of an old cabinet

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

Do-it-yourself restoration of an old chipboard cabinet

You can additionally decorate the wardrobe with ribbon strips

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

Advice. A unique effect is obtained if you apply crackle varnish, which cracks upon drying. This restoration method is suitable for Provence and Country designs..

Two cabinet doors with a renewed surface

The photo shows an example of an artificially aged surface using crackle varnish

At the stage of painting furniture, before decoupage, you can patina the facade. This is achieved by using an absorbent sponge or common cloth. When the paint has not yet completely dried, you need to blot the sponge in some places and remove a small layer of paint and varnish. The resulting effect is reminiscent of time-worn French Provence style furniture..

Finishing wood carving using patination technique

Patination of furniture is especially effective on curly elements.

Video: restoration of an old cabinet covered with oak veneer

Photo ideas for decorating old cabinets

Delicate flowers on the panels of the wardrobe in the bedroom Old kitchen cabinet in turquoise shade Black wardrobe with a bright floral pattern Wardrobe decor in the children's room Wardrobe decor in teen boy's room Pasting the cabinet with do-it-yourself photowall-paper Updated locker in the young fashionista's room Painting a Soviet cabinet with acrylic paint Stylish wardrobe in the living room interior Leaf applique on cabinet doors Stencil painting cabinet decor Old pink wardrobe Wallpapering cabinet panels DIY Soviet wall decor Shelving back wall decor Paper wallpaper on the back of an open cabinet DIY wardrobe Workplace in an old closet Books on wooden shelves Grandma's wardrobe in the children's room White curtain on an old wardrobe Bedding in an updated wardrobe DIY lighting in an old closet Decorating a double wardrobe with photo wallpaper Dark purple natural wood cabinet Floral ornaments on wooden doors Blue wardrobe in the living room Variegated fabric on paneled doors Vintage wardrobe in a rustic room Photo of a Soviet cabinet before and after painting Example of restoration of a kitchen cabinet Painting a wooden cabinet with gray paint Natural wood cabinet finish option Stylish wardrobe in retro style Wall mural on the doors of the restored cabinet Do-it-yourself children's closet repair Aged drawer surfaces Painting cabinet drawers in shades of pink Decoupage finish cabinet doors Yellow cabinet with paper wallpaper Striped drawer walls Slate board on cabinet doors Vintage wardrobe in the women's bedroom Old cabinet surfaces in the corner of the room Painting a Soviet cabinet on your own Soviet-made double door wardrobe Painting boxes in two colors using masking tape Small cabinet in vintage style Provence style wardrobe in the bedroom

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