Glam up your home with vintage ’60s kitchen cabinets

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Easy ways to bring new glamour to ’60s kitchen cabinets

A glance at these delightful kitchens will show how easily you can glamorize nondescript cabinets in your home with new washable materials.

Worn cabinet faces are covered with tough and scrubbable textured wall coverings — the plastic-coated fabrics or supported-vinyl fabrics. Or you can edge painted doors with your favorite washable wallpaper border, matching the pattern that you use overhead on the kitchen soffits or the wallpaper pattern that you selected for use in an eating area. This will give a related look.

Apply the fabric over worn cabinets with paste formulated for vinyl wall covering. The fabric (plus paste) is available in a wide range of colors and many textures from local department and from wall-covering stores. Trim edges and frame with molding to protect fabric. Apply it with epoxy glue, or you can tack the plastic fabric in place if cabinets are of wood.

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To add a wallpaper border trim, measure and cut a washable border so the pattern centers on each edge. Apply with a wheat-type wallpaper paste, overlapping the corners. Cut mitered corner through layers. Then pull back corners to remove excess paper. With a damp sponge, carefully remove the excess paste that might be visible around the edges.

Glam up your home with vintage '60s kitchen cabinets

How to match your ’60s kitchen cabinets to your curtains

To coordinate cabinet inserts with the kitchen window treatment, you can paste the fabric on old wood door fronts as shown.

Then attach cutout veneer panels over the fabric. Plan your draperies or cafes, using the same fabric. Or, if you prefer, you can have material laminated to fashionable shades to use at the windows.

The various adhesive-backed papers and vinyls are effective rejuvenators of old, scarred cabinets. But, don’t overlook their many other uses in a kitchen. Installed in dramatic stripes, these coverings give a bright, bold look to a kitchen ceiling, or to an eating-area wall. A design made of scraps of two or more colors of the papers is effective when attached to piece of plywood. Cover plywood first with a wood-look paper to make background for the design.

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For fabric inserts for cabinet doors, use wheat-type wallpaper paste to bond fabric on flush wood doors. Let paste dry overnight. Glue and tack the finished 1/8-inch panel of plywood over the fabric. Protect fabric with a new spray plastic for paper and fabrics (available at department stores). If you wish, finish cabinets’ plywood with a two-coat antique glaze.

For adhesive-backed cutouts, select pattern and color that you want in adhesive-backed paper or vinyl. Mark location on doors with a template that is cut to match lower corners. Cut the panels to size. Separate from paper backing. Place lower edge of panel to fit the template. Work from center of panel to edges gradually and smooth out all air bubbles.

Glam up your kitchen with vintage '60s kitchen cabinets

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