Modernizing vintage furniture pieces is a challenge if you want to keep the historical authenticity of the piece intact. Or, how can a renter add color to kitchen cabinets without losing their deposit? Here are my two favorite ways to decorate with paint and yet leave lovable collectables unpainted!
To Add Color to Glass Cabinet Doors:
- Apply clear ConTact paper to the inside of the glass
- Use a ruler to press the contact paper closer if there are problems with air bubbles
- Paint over the contact paper with your favorite color
- Let the paint dry
- Use an X-acto knife to trim the contact paper.
When I purchased my paint at Home Depot, the paint department already offered a stack of contact type paper in 81/2″ by 11″ sheets. The sheets are for sticking to walls so you can test a color before painting walls permanently. This is where I got the idea for using the sheets on my office cabinet.
To Add Color to the Inside of Cabinets, Bookshelves, or Cubby Walls
- Cut cardboard or card stock to the size of the backboards
- Paint with several coats if necessary as some cardboard soaks up paint
- Wedge the cardboard to the back of the space
- Use painter’s tape if extra adhesiveness is needed.
Painter’s tape is designed to be removed without damaging surfaces. There are different levels of adhesiveness signified by different colors. Blue adhesive tape is usually strong enough. Test out the tape in an inconspicuous area first.
Wallpaper, wrapping paper, fabric or any other patterned material that you like may be glued to cardboard for the same im-permanent effect leaving collectibles or another owner’s property intact and undamaged yet modernized for years to come!