DIY POPSICLE STICK CABINET
In recent years I have become aware of furniture waste and the toll it takes on our environment, and have committed to (1) using vintage furniture when I can, (2) not getting rid of any furniture unless it is 100% unusable, (3) upcycling the furniture I already have before considering a new acquisition.
This cabinet came with our house and it was looking ROUGH. I took a chance and love how it turned out. I've easily given this cabinet at least five more years of life.
TIP: Instagram and Pinterest are great places to get upcycling ideas for your old furniture.
WHAT I USED:
Old IKEA (?) cabinet
IKEA HACKAS handles, Large (2)
2 packages of popsicle sticks
45° Triangle ruler
Add handles to doors and measure openings.
Cut popsicle sticks and arrange in openings in a herringbone pattern. Use the 45° triangle to get crisp angles.
Once you are happy with the pattern cover with painter's tape and remove in one piece. This will make gluing it on much easier.
Apply wood glue and use the spatula to create a smooth, thin layer. I added wood glue to the glass as well and it worked fine.
Place the pattern over the glue and remove the masking tape. You will probably need to adjust a few sticks.
Once the glue is dry, apply wood filler. I watered a small amount of wood glue and applied with a plastic spoon. Use a sponge or damp cloth to remove excess wood filler (kind of like how you apply grout on tiles).
Let dry and repeat where you see gaps.
Sand until even and paint or stain if desired. I left mine as is.