I want so much for home to feel like home. Unfortunately, when you rent it gets a little tricky. The worst is our kitchen which has these boring as could be plain white cabinets. Sure they work just fine, but with as much time as I spend in the kitchen I want them to have some of oomph. It turns out it isn’t difficult to give them some. I grabbed my Silhouette and favorite color of Silhouette’s adhesive vinyl and got to work.
First I measured my cabinets to decide how big to size the design. In Silhouette Studio I drew a rectangle as large as I wanted the design to be. I placed my chosen shape in there and resized it until it fit. In case you’re wondering, the shape is borders by Sweet Afton.
Since the ends of the shape were longer than I needed I used the knife tool to cut the excess off each end. I then deleted the extra pieces and the rectangle surrounding my shape.
I duplicated the shape and arranged them so that I could cut three at a time. I made adjustments in the page settings to be able to cut directly on the roll of vinyl without the mat.
Then I opened up my cut settings to make sure all of the cut lines looked good. I set the material type to vinyl and lowered the speed a bit.
When loading material without a mat, make sure to press the “load media” button instead of “load cutting mat”. Once the roll of vinyl was loaded I began cutting.
After the vinyl was cut I weeded out the extra pieces using the hook tool.
At this point all I had to do was use transfer paper to pick up the vinyl and place it on the cabinet doors.
Sooooo much better right? It is so simple but changes the whole feel of the kitchen.
I used Silhouette’s adhesive vinyl because it is just sticky enough to stay, but it doesn’t leave residue behind. When it is time to move again I’ll just peel it right off. If you’re thinking about adding vinyl to your cabinets I highly recommend testing it first. Stick a small piece of adhesive vinyl to your cabinet and leave it there for a few days. If it comes off cleanly after that you should be fine.
If you don’t have a Silhouette there is another super simple way to achieve the same look. Contact paper and shelf liner work just as well and come in a ton of gorgeous colors and designs. The Macbeth Collection makes shelf liner in chevron that would be perfect for this purpose. Just use the chevron design as your guide and cut with plain old scissors. Easy peasy!