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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

  • Wood glue

  • Wood filler

  • Sand paper

  • Scissors

  • Plastic spatula

  • Painter's tape

  • 45° Triangle ruler

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STEP 1

Add handles to doors and measure openings.

STEP 2

Cut popsicle sticks and arrange in openings in a herringbone pattern.  Use the 45° triangle to get crisp angles. 

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STEP 3

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.

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STEP 4

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. 

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STEP 5

Place the pattern over the glue and remove the masking tape.  You will probably need to adjust a few sticks.  

Let dry.

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STEP 6

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.

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STEP 7

Sand until even and paint or stain if desired.  I left mine as is.

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