until now, i have used this armoire for shoes. well, for a few reasons (one being that i need a better shoe storage solution) (and one being that i feel a constant need to redecorate our house), i decided to move the armoire upstairs to hold winter coats. i knew i wanted to change it up a little for the move. now, is it beautiful? yes, but we have so much natural wood in our living room that i wanted to throw in a little pop of color. i also, however, wanted to keep the option open should we ever want to go back to natural wood. so what to do, what to do? my solution....dig in the wedding bin for a vintage sheet and start crafting.
here's what i did, and what i did it with.
i started by making the "paste". basically, it's fabric starch. i made my own by mixing 4 tablespoons of corn starch with 1 cup of cold water. i blended it it my magic bullet to make sure there were no lumps, and then added that mixture to 7 cups of boiling water. i stirred it to make sure no lumps formed, turned down the heat and let it cook for a few minutes. i then removed it from the heat and let it cool.
i then cleaned the doors of the armoire to make sure there was no dirt or residue on them. i just used a few clorox wipes.
this is a very important step...turn on a good show. i decided the season premiere of homeland was a good show to work to.
i measured the sheet to fit each door, and ripped the fabric because for me, ripping leaves a more straight line than cutting. once i had the sheets to fit the doors, i "painted" one whole door with the paste mixture and placed one sheet of fabric to fit.
at this point, i wanted the fabric to really stay in place, so i applied push pins to the corners while i continued to work. i completely coated the top of the fabric with the paste mixture, ensuring i didn't miss any areas. i was extra generous around the edges, using the paint brush to push the fabric into the corners.
to get out all the air bubbles, i used this very intricate squeegee tool. maybe you've heard of it? it's called mtv power yoga. get a good workout, and a fairly decent squeegee with one purchase!
once i pasted both sides, i used a rotary cutter to perforate the fabric in an attempt to make it easier to trim. this step was pretty uneccessary, as the exacto knife is very effective on its own.
i cut the edges as best i could, which wasn't perfect (but i'm ok with that), and let it dry. this part took a full day. i would recommend a room with air flow, not a damp basement like i was using.
but just like that, i was done! we are now the proud owners of this very unique armoire. and like i said, if we ever get sick of it, we can easily change the fabric, or tear it off altogether and go back to wood!
what do you think? would you ever try this?