Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY Add a nice finish to a transparent Ikea box

In our entry hall we have an Ikea's Expedit Shelving Unit in white with 2 Lekman transparent boxes. The problem is these boxes are... surprise surprise... transparent. And not that pretty! So something had to be done!

To start, I gather the material I thought I would need (I only forgot the masking tape on the photo):

The wrapping paper I bought at a mesmerising store in downtown Zürich, Bookbinders Design. This is a Swedish brand and is present in several countries. I always get lost among those beautiful notebooks, boxes, wrapping papers... ah!

The firs step was to trace the size of the box to the wrapping paper, and afterwards cut it. 

Because the Lekman boxes have those little squares in the middle, I had to cut the paper around it, otherwise it wouldn't sit correctly. (I learned this the hard way!!). To help on this step, it is easier if you use masking tape to hold the paper in place. You don't want to risk cutting those squares in the wrong place! It would be a shame to ruin that paper.

That's it! All cut and ready to stick to the box. For this step I used Mod Podge. I haven't use it much and I'm far from being a professional, but what I've learn this time is that I should have used more than I did under the paper. Oh well! Let's hope it all sits perfectly for many years to come.

So, if you haven't heard about Mod Podge before, it is (according to their website) all-in-one glue, sealer and finish! It's waterbase for easy clean-up, and non-toxic.

In this next step, I added Mod Podge to the surface of the box and put the paper on top of it. Working as quickly as I could before it would dry and then it would be harder to adjust the paper. To take out any bubbles that might appear, just smooth your paper working outwards from the centre (another one I learned the hard way).

Afterwards, I added two protective coats of Mod Podge on top of the wrapping paper using the roller. Don't forget to allow it to dry between coats. The number of coats you finish with is up to you, but Mod Podge recommends at least two.

And here is the result! (Forgive me for the photo but this is a fairly dark spot of our house with no natural light, but you get the picture.)

I hope you liked it. If I can help you in any way with this project, just let me know! Good crafting.

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