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Renewing your Cabinet Doors using Computer Graphics

Things that you will need:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper. Specifically the fine type
  • scissors
  • Spray adhesive. Specifically the one that is for super-hold
  • Wood veneer. Can either be sheets or can also be rolls
  • Spray varnish (make you do not get the one that is water-based)
  • Art fixative ( choose the one that can be sprayed)

 

Note: This project would involve using a colored printer, a graphic software and of course, a computer.

Procedure:

First thing you would need to do is to get the measurements of the cabinet doors that will be refaced.  Like the center part enclosed by a border. Take into consideration the size of your printers’ carriage as well, the wider the carriage, the wider the options.

 

Next, select your design. Now on the software that you will be using, resize it depending on how you intend it to be. Select the color as well.

 

 

Using your scissors, start cutting out your wood veneer the size of your final design but add a little bit of an allowance. Choose manual feed on the settings of your printer (not automatic). Next, for the mode, choose on pass-through. Finally, start the printing process with your veneer.

Now get your art-fixative. Proceed in spraying that to your printout. Leave it for at least fifteen minutes while it dries. Then do the same procedure for the second time round.

 

 

Get your scissors and use that for trimming your completed design. Smoothen out the edges by sanding it lightly.

After that, proceed on spraying varnish to your veneer as directed by the manufacturer’s directions.  Keep on recoating until you reach the finished look that you want. Then allow it to dry again.

Once it has dried, flip the veneer (remove the backing) over so that the back is facing you. Proceed in spraying it with as much adhesive as you can. If in case you will be placing the design right below the handle of the door, pencil it and if there are any holes, use a screw to prod it gently.

Now make sure that the cabinet door is clean from any dirt and the like. Ensure that it is dry as well. Place veneer onto cabinet door and slowly press and just keep on holding it there until it is set.

 

Some tips:

Carefully monitor unconventional papers while they go are going right through your printer to preventer any jams from taking place. Insert the wood veneer carefully unto the paper bath and monitor it while the printing takes place in case you would need to step in.

 

It is always recommended to use straight path in these types of printing. So if you have that on your printer, choose that. Do not forget to have the software on manual settings. Disable auto sensing settings for the paper size.

 

 

Printer sheets (this one is specifically custom fabric)

 

Things that you would need:

 

  • Card stock (choose the one for light)
  • Clear tape
  • Fabric that is not stretchable (ensure that it is of the same size of your card stock)
  • Basting spray

 

 

Procedure:

Get your card stock. Proceed in spraying basting spray onto that. Then get your fabric and place it carefully into your card stock until you get the position you intend it to have while smoothening it. Ensure that it is flat.

Now tape the bottom part of your fabric. The goal here is to achieve an edge for the sheets’ entry that is even as it is smooth so that the printer can hold on to it.

Start the printing process on your fabric. Once done, take away your fabric carefully. Take off the tape that you had put in the fabric and you’re good to go.

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