Helmer cabinet+3-704991

Published on November 19th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Helmer has Gone Chinoserie!

Materials: Ikea Helmer file cabinet, black spray paint, chinese chinoserie image from online and mod podge

Description: I wanted my file cabinet to look less like a file cabinet so I decided to have a little fun with it.

First I sprayed the cabinet a flat black paint, then I googed the word chinese chinoserie online. When I found an image I liked I printed it off on my printer and then took it to the local print store and had them enlarge it to the size of my cabinet. I took off the hardware, placed the image on the cabinet and started mod podging away! Once the cabinet was dry I cut out the drawers and put the hardware back on. Done!!

~ Laurie Jones

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Ikea Helmer has Gone Chinoserie!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brave lady with the Mod Podge! Great results, too~

  2. janeber1 says:

    Where did you find your image? Love the idea and want to do it ASAP!

  3. sokolum79 says:

    Oh wow! This makes me want to do this to the front of my Alex Drawers!

  4. Anonymous says:

    For those like me who have no idea what “mod podging” is, I found this link: http://www.howdoesshe.com/10-steps-to-perfect-mod-podging
    Apparently, it’s some kind of glue.

  5. Rebecca says:

    That is awesome – gives me some ideas

  6. majeral says:


  7. This looks fantastic – what an easy and fun DIY! Will definately be considering this for my ugly old cabinet :)

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