Many of you have messaged us with questions of how to linen wrap your old furniture. Instead of posting about one specific case, we decided to make a generalized How-To video so that we would cover all the basics!
We decided to use an old shaker style buffet that needed a makeover.
Steps for Linen Wrapping Furniture
1. Clean the piece completely
2. Paint it and let dry
3. Cut your fabric to size
4. Apply water based polyurethane and lay on fabric
5. Iron on the fabric to seal
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to all surfaces
6. Apply layers of top coat of polyurethane as needed.
7. Add any decorative hardware (optional)
Step 1: Cleaning
In order to make sure all the paint adheres to the surface you really need to make sure there is no dirt or dust on your furniture before you begin painting. You can use any furniture cleaner and rags or paper towels.
We're using Amy Howard One Step Paint in Linen and Robin's Egg colors. You can buy the paint in any color you want from Our Website. We like this paint because there isn't much prep work involved. Just make sure you really stir the paint prior to using it so its not too runny. We used two coats. The inside drawers are robins egg and the outside is in linen.
We're using a cool off-white textured linen for our piece. Just measure the surface of the areas you want to wrap. Roughly cut the fabric to size and put aside. Don't worry if there is any extra hanging off the sides, you can cut it later once its sealed to the piece.
Step 4: Apply Polyurethane
One surface at a time, we're going to brush on polyurethane and lay on the fabric. (Make sure you use a water based polyurethane) The first surface we're going to wrap is the top. We brushed on one layer of poly evenly to the top and laid on the corresponding piece of fabric we cut earlier. Once you lay on the fabric smooth it out so its flat to the surface.
To permanently seal the fabric to the piece of furniture you need to use an iron. Make sure the iron is on the steam setting and go over the top of the linen a few times. This adheres the fabric to the surface.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to all other surfaces that you want to wrap. In our case, we repeated on the drawer fronts and the side panels.
Step 6: Apply More Polyurethane
At this point add a couple more layers to the top of the fabric as needed. This adds a layer of protection to your fabric to prevent it from getting dirty and making it easier to clean.
Step 7: Add Decorative Hardware (Optional)
If you want to get a little creative at this point you can add some decorative hardware ( like cool handles) and/or nail heads (to make a cool trim around the edges) We used some cool leucite handles and some zinc buckets on the inside as accent pieces. We also topped it off with awesome lamps. If you need some inspiration or some home accessories to add to your newly linen wrapped furniture, check out Our Website.
If you have any questions feel free to email us @ The Window Scene