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Usually reserved for books, veined, marbled and ceramic vat papers can also be used to dress small furniture, picture frames, office accessories, etc. This, following a particularly simple method.

Decorate with bindery paper

Practical advice

Binding paper can also be used on cardboard, provided it is sufficiently thick and rigid. Otherwise, the paper will be damaged by deforming with its support.

The realization is on a small block drawers in raw batten, an inexpensive standard model. If you have to decorate an object already painted, tinted, varnished... it must first sand carefully to promote the adhesion of the glue.

The preparation

The quality of the gluing of the paper depends to a large extent on the regularity of the support. Look for any surface defects (splinters, marks of shock, scratches) and treat them with woodpulp or, better, with the filler. After drying, sand them thoroughly with a medium abrasive (# 80). Then surface the walls of the box and the fronts of the drawers with a fine abrasive (n° 150). Use it to soften the edges, then dust with a damp cloth.

Measurements and cuts

Only the top, the sides of the box and the songs visible on the front are dressed: the underside and back remain rough, as well as the inner faces.
● Measure the raised top, front and side, of a margin equal to the thickness of a song. For side panels, add only the thickness of the facing edge. In addition, plan strips to cover separately the visible edge of the inner shelves and the underside. Cut out each sheet with the cutter and check that it coincides exactly with the face to be covered.

The pose

Sizing is done with a vinyl glue, called "white", used for binding and cardboard. Start by coating, uniformly with the brush, the top of the box. Present the corresponding sheet with an edge, and apply it gradually: simultaneously, remove the air pockets with a soft plastic spatula or a clean rag rolled. Then stick the edge of the panel, without overflowing, and the top of each side and fold the three flaps.
● Dress in the same way the side walls, and their front edge. Finally, cut small strips to decorate the last three songs of siding (inner shelves and under).

The drawers

The drawers

No need to fully shrink them. Decorate only their facades, providing a flap to dress the upper edge. There, do not forget to cut the sheet following the piercing acting handle.

Check the condition of the drawer unit

Check the condition of the drawer unit

Step one: check the general condition of the drawer unit. The slightest defect appearing under the paper, correct them if necessary with an interior filling plaster.

Sand and refine

Sand and refine

Allow to dry well before sandpaper repairs (# 80). Then narrow down all the surfaces with a fine abrasive: use it to break the edges to be covered.

Cut out the paper

Cut out the paper

On each sheet, refer to the dimensions of the face to be dressed, increased as appropriate. Work on the ruler and the square to obtain perfectly perpendicular cuts.

Glue the top of the box

Glue the top of the box

Using a small brush (gouache for example), evenly glue the top of the box. Garnish well the entire surface, but without creating extra thickness.

Deposit the paper and rub it

Deposit the paper and rub it

Lay the paper with a precise gesture and immediately rub with a soft plastic spatula. Progress from the center outward to chase away air pockets, and excess glue.

Paste and paste

Paste and paste

Glue first, carefully, the two side flaps of the top. Then, without overflowing, stick the facing edge and apply the corresponding flap by gluing it with your finger.

Dress the sides

Dress the sides

Dress successively both sides of the box and their front edge. Marble with a spatula and then with a cloth to clean any overflowing glue, before setting.

Decorate the songs

Decorate the songs

Before replacing the drawers, it remains to decorate the three songs of facade still bare. Cut strips to their exact dimensions and glue without sagging.


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