Spice up furniture in style with adhesive film – instructions and design tips

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If you are planning a renovation and want to steer the furnishing style in a new direction, you do not have to do without your well-preserved, but stylishly unsuitable for the new interior furniture. Wooden furniture can easily be sanded down differently and given a new coat of paint. New, modern cabinet handles give every chest of drawers or wardrobes a new look. You can go with Adhesive film furniture beautifully decorate from other materials and give them new value.

Spice up furniture stylishly with adhesive film – redesign the computer desk top

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Imaginatively printed furniture foils can be found in abundance in hardware stores or, in some cases, in furniture stores. They can be attached to any smooth surface and give the old piece of furniture a new finish with little effort. The purchase compared to, for example, replacing a table top is a quick and inexpensive alternative. However, there is a risk that something will go wrong when attaching the adhesive film. We help here with valuable tips and two instructions.

Spice up furniture stylishly with adhesive film – instructions

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The first step before attaching the self-adhesive decorative film is to carefully clean the surface that will be pasted on. Dust, grease and dirt of all kinds will negatively affect the end result. Bumps should also be removed so that the film adheres properly. Depending on the film design, they may be clearly visible after application and catch the eye.

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Measure exactly the area that you want to stick on and cut the required piece of furniture foil according to these dimensions. Exact length information is marked on the back to help cut the film precisely.

Spice up furniture in style with adhesive film – stick adhesive film wet or dry

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When the precisely cut piece of adhesive film is in place, all you have to do is attach it. There are two options – wet or dry method. In the first case, it is advisable to have a squeegee on hand, one may be next to the shower, or optionally a hard scraper.

Redesign furniture with adhesive film – avoid bubbles and creases when gluing

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The application of the film begins from one side, at an upper corner of the piece of furniture. Stick the film on exactly at the corner and pull off the back of the film piece by piece. At the same time, press the puller on the film and stroke from top to bottom, towards the outer sides of the surface. If bubbles form, repeat several times until they are cleared. Then you can proceed further.

Design furniture like new with adhesive film – this is how it works!

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If you’ve done the right thing, the rest of the way will work by itself. Otherwise, you can peel off the liner and try again. For larger areas, it is advisable to use the wet application technique. Bubbles can be avoided by wet bonding, as the adhesive force of the film only starts to take effect after a delay.

Stylish design tips – achieve a marble effect with adhesive film

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In the case of small or oval areas, a cloth can be used instead of a peeler and great pressure can be exerted on the glued area so that the bubbles are removed.

Spice up furniture and home accessories with adhesive film – wall shelf 

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A commercially available spray bottle is required for the wet technique of attaching self-adhesive foils. This is filled with washing-up liquid or soap and water (2-3 drops of stiffener or washing-up liquid are usually sufficient per liter of water). The already thoroughly cleaned surface is treated with this self-made soap solution before the adhesive is applied.

Before attaching the adhesive film – measure the area exactly

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Of course, you should measure exactly how much adhesive foil is needed and cut a piece exactly to size. Now spray the surface with the soapy solution and proceed with the application. It should be possible to position the film freely without sticking it.

Attach the decorative adhesive film carefully – with a puller

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With a squeegee or possibly a cloth, start stroking the outside in the middle of the surface and thus remove the excess water from the adhesive film. Be careful that pointed or angular objects would damage the film. Keep stroking until all bubbles and bumps are removed.

Spice up furniture in style with adhesive film and focus on contrasts

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Let the freshly glued foil rest for a day so that the remaining water between the foil and the glued surface is completely removed.

Playfully remodel furniture with adhesive film – chess pattern

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Dirty film can in principle be wiped off with a damp cloth without any problems. Avoid using alcohol or acid based cleaning agents as these could dissolve the colored print. Surfaces glued with furniture foil must not be in the blazing sun, as the material escapes and can be easily peeled off. On the other hand, the surface is briefly treated with hot air when the film is to be peeled off.

Spice up household appliances – with adhesive film

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The adhesive film is widely used to spice up different furniture and home accessories, as it can be applied relatively easily to any kind of smooth surface. The material does not matter if it is clean. Most surfaces can easily be treated with a little bit of spirit or universal cleaner before gluing and thus quickly become free of grease, oil, wax and silicone.

Redesign furniture with adhesive film – light wood look

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In the meantime, there is no longer any limit to the choice of furniture foils. High-quality designs imitate materials such as wood and natural stone so strongly that they can hardly be distinguished from one another. Structured foils have the look and feel of real wood and are eye-catching thanks to their wide range of colors.

Spice up furniture in style with structured adhesive film

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Redesign furniture in wood look with adhesive film 

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Design the kitchen wall in a rustic look 

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