HOME DECOR DIY: Rose Gold Metallic OlyFun Lined China Hutch

I lined my grandmother's antique China hutch with Rose Gold Metallic OlyFun, so my skull artwork and tea sets would stand out better. Previously, the rich wood color was so dark, that my black skulls got lost in the shadows. Now they stand out great. The OlyFun is secured with Glue Dots Advanced Strength Dots Dot N Go, which will hold OlyFun well without damaging the antique China cabinet. If you want to keep the integrity of beautiful antique cabinets without damaging with wood, like paint and glue would, then this is a great solution for you.

Fairfield World and Glue Dots provided me with their products for this project. Fairfield World paid me to make this project. The concept, tutorial and photos are my own.

1) This is the hardest part. Remove all the decorative stuff from inside the China hutch glass cabinet. I set everything on my dining room table, so my cats wouldn't inspect it...but Sophie still did.

2) Wipe down the shelf and back with a paper towel. Use a cleaner if it's exceptionally dirty. If the shelf/shelves) can be removed, carefully remove them. Like most China hutches, the center glass panel doesn't move, so the shelves must be maneuvered around that. Have a friend help if you feel uncomfortable moving the shelves by yourself. Mine is wood, which wasn't exceptionally heavy. However, some are glass, which is heavier. Set the shelves somewhere safe where no one will step on or bump into them.

3) Measure the China hutch back width and height. Write those numbers down. My China hutch back is 50" wide by 27" high, which worked well for the OlyFun, leaving a little extra in the height. I cut the OlyFun to the correct width, but in hindsight should have increased that by at least a half inch to make the fit exact...vs a tiny bit short.

If your hutch is taller than mine, orient the OlyFun in the direction that works best for your hutch. You'll have a seam(s), which you might want down the center vertically, or strategically placed where the shelves sit. Overlap the edges slightly, for good coverage. You'll have to alter the rest of this tutorial to your exact cabinet type.

4) Around the China hutch back perimeter, apply Glue Dots. I found the runner tricky to use against the wood, so I peeled the dots off the tape with my fingers (tweezers are handy too) and applied them every 1"-2". The Glue Dots are very sticky, so if you get frustrated easily with sticky stuff, have a friend help you.

Sorry this is a bad photo, but Glue Dots are difficult to photograph against dark wood. You get the idea though.

5) Line up the OlyFun piece to a top corner of the hutch. Smooth the OlyFun across the top, keeping it flush with the hutch edge. Starting in the middle, smooth your hand down the OlyFun to the bottom, securing the OlyFun to the bottom dots. Keep smoothing outward, until the bottom and edges are secured to the dots. For the bottom, I trimmed off the excess by running sharp fabric scissors along the hutch back bottom. A craft knife would probably be easier and more precise.

6) Carefully reinsert the shelves, making sure not to snag the OlyFun.

7) Fill the cabinet back up with your decorative items. I stored some of the more awkward piece of my grandmother's silver into the lower half of the hutch, to make the sculptures and other tea pieces fit better.

That's all for this project. It took maybe 60 minutes, which was mostly moving stuff out and into the cabinet. OlyFun comes in 19 colors and 4 metallics. The Gold, Rose Gold and Silver would look exceptional backing a China hutch. OlyFun cuts like paper and doesn't fray, making it great for this kind of project. It also take acrylic paints well, so feel free to further customize it for your design needs. Whatever you're making, have fun with it. Happy Makery!


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