Sunday, 1 September 2013
Ways with Wrapping Paper: No.3
A few weeks ago I brought a 1930s/40s display cabinet from a local charity shop with the intent of renovating it and putting it in my crafting room. It's wooden veneer was a bit shabby and there's a crack in one of the glass panes, but as the glass shelves are intact and it was cheap I thought that it would do the trick.
So, armed with sugar-soap and wet n' dry sandpaper I started to prep it ready for painting; the only fiddly bit was fitting the masking tape around the decorative frames on the front doors, which took longer than I thought!
Instead of the usual satin paint and a brush, I decided to try aerosol paint; but as my spraying technique isn't that good I ended up with quite a few runs. The paint also reacted with the varnish, which resulted in some cracked paint - cue more sanding and respraying.
Because the fabric back of the cabinet looked very shabby and needed re-covering, I resorted to using my favourite cover-up standby: wrapping paper. I brought a few sheets of Rosehip wrapping paper with a seed head design. I've used Rosehip paper before to cover a small set of drawers and found that they're thick enough to withstand the glueing and folding.
Anyway, back to the cabinet...I used Spray Mount to stick the paper to the fabric back as I could easily re-position it so that the pattern matched up; it was also a tidier way to stick the paper down instead of using glue - I'm a messy crafter. Once dry, I couldn't wait to move the cabinet into my room and start to fill it with stuff.
I've used it to store part of my fabric stash, tin collection and treasured bits and bobs such as Monkeychild's pottery, favourite compacts and the carnival glass bowl that my lovely and long-departed great-uncle George used to stub his cigarettes out in (it has since been washed!).