Monday, July 15, 2013

Day 14. Cardboard Cabinet (or: sometimes you need to know how to screw up!)

Ever since the day I first found out about the magical world of building with cardboard (remember the cardboard puppet theatre that I posted hundreds of years ago?), I really wanted to build a small cabinet for the kids play room or for my craft room. So I did. It took me something like three years, but I did. The problem with these kinds of projects is that they cause a massive mess, so the kids have to be asleep. Meaning I can only start working around 8:30 pm (which also means really bad pictures for you. sorry :) ). That reduces the number of days I actually find the energy to work, so what was supposed to be a 4-5 hours work takes 3 years to finish, but that's just me :)

Anyway, building with carboard technique isn't that complicated. You need to first build a framework, that is actually a crisscross of cardboard sheets, and then cover it with more cardboard. Unfortunately, I didn't write a complete tutorial for that cabinet (come on, I hardly finished it as it is!), but you can find many of these on the WWW, just google it.

After lots of scribbles and sketches I decided to make a wheeled 3 compartment cabinet.

Step one was building the framework.

Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet


Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet


Then I covered the framework with more cardboard sheets



Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet

Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet


Framework is ready!

Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet


Now we use gummed paper on all edges to smoothen things up.

Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet


On the next step I used wallpaper paste to paste simple brown packing paper all over the cabinet. The idea is to strengthen the furniture and to make everything look smooth and clean. Guess what? I can't find any photos of this step. You'll have to use your imagination...

After it dried, it was time to paint and apply lacquer. I actually don't like how the colors came out, but at this point I was so exhausted from the whole thing and I just wanted to get over with it, so I left it that way.

It all sounds pretty simple, isn't it? So why did it take me so long to finish it?!

Buiding a Cardboard Cabinet


As you can see, something was wrong with my framework design, or maybe I should have added wheels also on the compartment in the middle as well, because it got this funny 'belly', from the weight of all the fabric (did I mention screwing up?...). And as you can also see, somewhere in the middle of the process I just couldn't care less anymore, so the brown paper cover is all wrinkled... Maybe I was hoping it'll get fixed by itself. Well, it didn't... :)

So I know, that is not exactly what I had in mind, and I know, it took me 3 years to finish, but it is a cardboard furniture and I built it, and I like it even with all its flaws :) Can't promise I'll build another cardboard furniture anytime soon, but I just saw this kids cardboard bed shaped like a racecar, Big Boy would love it!

10 comments:

  1. Oh wow, what an absolutely brilliant storage solution, I love it !! You make it look very easy too - Is it ?

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    1. Thanks Anita, I guess it CAN be easy. Not for me, though...

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  2. Cardboard is much more stable vertically than horizontally,so you'd need a lot more layers, or much thicker cardboard to support wheels. But for a floor-based model, it seems to work well. good job!

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    1. Thanks :) I might just take the wheels out, I really didn't think this through...

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  3. Great work! It turned out really cute! :)

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  4. you clearly have so much patience, Tal! Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks Roshni, I thought about just throw it away at some point(my husband got really tired of this monster laying around our house), but I'm glad I finished it :)

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  5. Tal! You are so creative! I love it! And I agree with Roshni! You have a ton of patience :)

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