Thursday, March 24, 2011

Storage Compartment Tutorial

The Ivy Cottage just got in an assortment of these darling, fun storage compartments from Kaiser Crafts. They are perfect for jewelry boxes, ribbons and bows ,organizing your craft items or office supplies.  Come in and pick the perfect one for your needs... or even more than one =o)

  After choosing your desired papers paint all surfaces of all the wood pieces. Trust me it takes more time but I tried to figure out what parts were going to show and only paint them to save time. There are things I didn't think of and ended up trying to touch up unpainted spots without getting paint on the paper.

 Decide what paper you want where and trace the wood piece on the back of the paper.  Cut it out about 1/8 to 1/4 inch smaller than the pattern to leave a border showing. I found it better to assemble any drawers first so you don't miss the sides that you might not realize will show. I used packing tape to keep my drawers together.

  Apply the paper to the wood using Mod Podge or I have had great results using plain old Elmers glue.  I just draw a line of glue around the edge and squiggle through the middle then take a damp sponge brush and paint the whole surface of the wood with glue.  Place the paper down and smooth it into place. Use a squeegee or pencil or something similar to rub over the paper and press it into place removing any air bubbles you might have missed.  If you are using Mod Podge you can apply a layer over top. I have even done this using the Elmers glue.

 After it has all dried ink the edges using a stamp pad. I like the Cat eyes from Colorbox because they are small and easy to control.

  Assembly will be much easier with 2 people (ask me how I know). I used wood glue to give mine added strength while assembling.  Some parts will be a very tight fit but trust me, they will fit. I needed to use a rubber mallet on a few stubborn parts.

  Add your embellishments. Buttons, knobs, rhinestones, flowers. Anything you want to give it that finishing touch. Now.... go show it off to all your friends and family. They will be so envious! And don't forget to tell them where you got it. We also have a fun selection of scrapbook paper and even some things for embellishments!

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1 comment:

  1. I love this idea, so gorgeous! I wish I were as creative as you!