How to Decorate a Cedar Wardrobe

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How to Decorate a Cedar Wardrobe
Cedar wood has a natural red hue. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The fresh scent of cedar wood makes it an ideal choice for clothing storage. Cedar wardrobes come in a wide variety, from big pieces of furniture to display in a bedroom to smaller enclosures meant for temporary storage of seasonal clothing items. Regardless of the type, decorating the cedar wardrobe allows you to personalise the storage device and give it new life. Treat the wood as a blank canvas in which decorating possibilities are endless.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Acrylic paint
  • Découpage glue
  • Craft supplies
  • Wood stain

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    Decorate the cedar wardrobe with any type of 100 per cent acrylic paint for best results, as recommended by the Western Red Cedar Export Association. Paint the entire wardrobe to completely transform its appearance or add embellishments such as a simple pattern. Use stencils if you aren't comfortable painting freehand.

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    Découpage the cedar wardrobe. This decorative technique can be done throughout the entire wardrobe surface or on a single spot, depending on your desired results. Apply paper designs by attaching them to the wood surface with découpage glue. Allow the glue to dry before adding an additional layer on the top of the paper to seal it in place. Use pieces of coloured tissue paper or grouping of pictures to create a collage or paste a small number of items in place for an understated decoration.

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    Turn your cedar wardrobe into an eclectic display piece by decorating it with different objects. Glue different craft supplies into place such as glitter, plastic charms, beads and decorative tile in random designs or create simple patterns.

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    Stain an unfinished cedar wardrobe to change the colour. Apply one coat of oil-based penetrating stain with a soft cloth or brush. Apply a second coat for added protection if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid adding any decorations to the inside of the wardrobe as paint or stain can negate the fresh scent of the wood.

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