How To Decorate A Hallway Cabinet With Veneer

Decorate the doors of a melamine cabinet with rows of timber veneer with a scalloped edge.

Measure the doors then make a template of the scallop design and calculate the number of rows needed. 

Here, the total width of both doors was divided by 10 to give the width of each scallop. To get the height of the scallops, divide the door height by the number of rows you want. 

For this project there were 12 rows of scallops and two 100mm wide strips of veneer cut to fit across the base of each door to conceal the white surface area scalloping didn’t cover.

Remove the cabinet doors and lay them side by side to attach the scallop rows, checking the half-scallops on the inside edge are aligned.

TIP To seal the veneer doors, apply a water-based polyurethane.

Making a template 

Draw a rectangle on a piece of paper using a marker pen then trace around a drinking glass to make a curved edge at one end, ensuring the diameter of the glass is the same width as the rectangle.

Cut out the paper shape using scissors then position it on one corner of a sheet of timber veneer. 

Mark the rectangle with the curved end on the veneer in pencil and cut out with scissors. 

Use the veneer template to mark rows of 12 scalloped rectangles butted up against each other. 

TIP Veneer is used for the template as it’s thick enough to give a good edge for tracing.  

Rectangle drawn on a piece of paper, Handyman Magazine, Handyman, veneer,

Step 1. Cut the veneer

Use the template to trace the scallop design on lengths of veneer. Cut each strip in half, alternating full and half-scallop ends, cutting around the scallops using a craft blade.

Step 2. Secure the scallops

Apply a 2mm thick coat of contact adhesive to the doors and the scallop rows with a paintbrush and let it go tacky. Attach the scallop rows, starting from the base and overlapping.

Step 3. Trim and finish

Use a rolling pin to go over the doors to remove any air bubbles. Let the adhesive dry, then trim any excess veneer on the door edges with a craft blade and lightly sand to smooth.

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