Wood appliques that bend? Yep! You heard me right! Today I want to share with you how to apply these wood products to a curved surface. Thus the name… WoodUbend! Be sure and watch the full video tutorial below for all the details of the application process. This MCM laundry hamper is getting a well-deserved makeover.
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How To Apply Wood Appliques To A Rounded Surface
WoodUbend is a wood-based product that can be molded once it has been heated up. It has all the properties of wood and can be drilled, sanded, distressed, glued, painted, stained and varnished. A revolutionary and unique type of wood applique can be added to almost any surface. I’m thinking of furniture and home decor. This is so cool! Watch this! ⇓
Supplies List For This Project
- Vintage Laundry Hamper / Furniture/ Home Decor
- WoodUbend Wood Appliques
- Wood Glue
- Heat Gun / Blow Dryer
- Driftwood (chalk mineral paint)
- Sawmill Gravy (chalk mineral paint)
- Pearlescent Glaze
- Black Wax
- Wax Brush
- Gold Gilding Wax
Heat Activation Of The Wood Appliques
Step 1. Heat the wood appliques with a heat gun or blow dryer first. Even if the surface you’re applying them to is flat you MUST heat them first.
This will cause the wood appliques to be reactivated so that it can be molded as well as allowing the glue to be absorbed into the wood. This will create a super-strong bond with the surface you’re applying it to. If you’re working with trim, it’s the same process. It MUST be heated first to allow the uncoiling of the trim. Remember… WoodUbend is stiff before it’s heated and as it cools it becomes stiff once again. It will hold whatever shape you have it molded to.
Add Wood Glue To The Wood Appliques
Step #2. Apply a liberal amount of wood glue to the back of the wood applique. A bit of the glue will be absorbed into the wood while it is still warm and bendable.
Using Heat To Create A Solid Bond
Step #3. While the wood applique is still warm with the glue in place, apply it to the surface of your choice. If the WoodUbend cools off, it will become stiff once again and for this reason, you may need to reheat it even after applying the glue. Once it’s in place, once again add heat to help the glue and wood applique to bond to the surface. This will make a solid bond.
Finishing The Wood Appliques And Trim
Step #4. Paint, stain or varnish your WoodUbend just like you would any other wood surface.
I think it turned out well and now I have a beautiful container for storage. The question is… for what? What would you use it for? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below. And I just love hearing from you too. 🙂
Until the next project…