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The Kitchen Cabinet Project

I have never received so many questions about a crafty project as I have with the Kitchen Cabinet Project! As fancy as I may make it sound, it's actually quite simple. So simple, in fact, that there is not a single online tutorial... *light bulb*

Here's an illustrated explanation of what I did (aka A Super Easy Tute):

I cut the fabric (Etsuko Furuya's Yellow Honeybee fabric, by Echino, purchased at Purl and Crafty Planet, thanks to Pam's eagle eyed tip), adding one inch to EACH AND EVERY side (1" for the top, 1" for the bottom, 1" for the left side, 1" for the right side). If your cabinet door is 18" X 30", you will cut a rectangle that is 20" X 32". --Why, yes, for the first cabinet door, I did not add enough ease, how did you guess?-- I used my rotary cutter, but I think it would be easy to cut with scissors, especially if you have picked a fabric with a geometric print like mine.
Kitchen Cabinet Project

See how I have one FULL inch on each side?
IKitchen Cabinet Project

Um, obvious: we unscrewed the handle. (Note: one person can easily do this project, I had to hire a set of hands to cover this door so I could take action pictures. Action pictures!).
Kitchen Cabinet Project

We used regular thumb tacks. We started with one tack per side, making sure to pull the fabric taut:
Kitchen Cabinet Project

Then we added a few more tacks on each side.
Now, on to those tricky corners! I folded the middle part, then flapped the 2 sides over, and stuck a tack right in the middle.
Kitchen Cabinet Project--Corners

Ta da! One covered kitchen cabinet door!
Kitchen Cabinet Project

Then, we just attached the door back on the kitchen cabinet frame, and screwed in a (new) handle through the fabric.

And voila! A fresh-looking kitchen!
Kitchen Cabinet Project

It's so easy that we made one itty bitty mistake. Can you spot it?

Next step: Scotchguard the whole thing, thanks to Preita's tip!

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By Veronique
On Monday, May 19, 2008
At 5/19/2008 02:51:00 PM