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Episode 416 - Brownie Points
Cutlery Chest 2
Velvety smooth...
Once you've completed sanding and varnishing the exterior of your cutlery chest, the time comes to refurbish the inside. The great thing about doing a project like this in two steps is that it allows you to get a good night sleep, return refreshed and ready to finish up.

The varnish dried overnight. Now it was onto the application of the velvet to the interior of the cutlery chest. I selected two different colours: a nice, dark mocha, and a lighter, mushroom taupe. I cut the velvet to the size of the tray, inverted it upside down, and then sprayed it with adhesive. (*you can also use a contact cement or a glue gun, but I'm not crazy about glue guns as they tend to leave little bumps on the velvet). Then, I turned the fabric down onto the box, not pressing it down too firmly at first because you have to work the velvet in one direction in order to remove all of the bubbles. As well, I made sure that the adhesive was firmly attaching the velvet to the tray.

Velvet is a funny fabric in that it leaves little tiny clumps of lint in its wake. My suggestion is to head to your favourite ribbon store and select something that matches the fabric. My choice of ribbon was an elegant brown colour with lined on each side with white dots.

When you attach the ribbon to the inside perimeter of the tray, it will cover up any traces of lint. Run a bead of hot glue around the interior wall and attach the ribbon. For even more detail, I added a smaller, complimentary ribbon around the top perimeter of each tray. Hot glue works, as does a very small bronze tack hammered into each corner.

Next, I reattached the hardware and covered the handle with yet another brown ribbon. It was when I laid in a vintage bronze cutlery service did I realize the benefits of doing a project like this. Just as beautiful as yours when you give it a try.