Sunday, November 6, 2011

Foam board cabinets

Hi everyone!

Some time ago I visit the site  and I saw a lot of great tutorials. Then I saw a really cool foam board cabinet. I didn't realize that Heather made the cabinet herself, I thought the post was about the drawers... duhhh. But a few days later she posted the tutorial for it. And I immediately went to work. But unfortunately I'm always fighting with my glue gun. It leaks like crazy, and the glue dries too quickly before I have put things together. Such a drama. Eventually it looked alright, but it was certainly not perfect. After some tips from Heather, I gave it another go. This one is a bit more successful then the first one, but I still fought with my glue gun!
Here is a short description of the project. With emphasis on short, because the extensive tutorial can be found on the website of!

I wanted to have a cabinet for my distress inkpads (DI). In the past I made a box for my DI, but back then I had only 12. And since I've bought all the distress inks including the limited edition (s), now is the moment to make something for storage. And I chose this fabulous foam board cabinet.

First I determined the size of the compartments. I used Adobe Illustrator to process these sizes and  taken into account the thickness of the foam board. In scale, I made all the parts and fortunately they all fit on a 50 x 70 cm piece of foam board. Then I determined the indentations. I used Illustrator for this part as well. I'm not a mathematician;).
Then I cut everything out. I think I have an other type of foam board then Heather, because I easily cut through it in one single cut. The blade does go dull after a little while. After everything was cut out, it was time for a bit of color. Here the distress stains walnut stain came in handy. For backgrounds the stains are incredible. I did also the edges with stains, but they stay wet for a very long time. Probably because foam isn't porous. I did it also on the second cabinet, because it looks so nice. I have to be carefull with handeling it for a while.

Then it was time to assemble it. I took my best friend (not!!) the glue gun,  and I managed to glue the edges together in time before the glue was dry, but that didn't work with the backside of the cabinet :(.I do have a very cheap glue gun, so that maybe has something to do with it. Luckily I also put multi medium on the edges of the dividers.

Now that I have two cabinets, I decided to use one for embellishments. I made drawers with a peephole in it. I kept them very simple. Maybe in the future I'll pimp them up.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. How wonderful is this!! Well done Sannie!!

    Like it, love it!!

    Nog even een vraagje, wat is dat voor inkt die hetzelfde effect als multi medium heeft

    Love, Leintje*

  2. Whoa!!! This is totally awesome!!! You really rawked it. I especially like how you changed it up and made it your own. You are vewy vewy smaht! LOL High five girl!

  3. Could you explain a bit more about this? is no more, and only has this: