DIY Desk Organizer Using Thibra
This DIY Project by Lori Craig uses Tommy Art, Thibra Thermoplastic and Better Glue to create an elegant tone-on-tone desk organizer.
Materials sourced from Imagination International:
Tommy Art Petroleum Mineral Paint
Tommy Art Neutral Coating
Tommy Art Silver Metallic Mineral Paint
Tommy Art Gray Coating
Tommy Antiquing Wax
Wooden desk organizer - IKEA
1.5” round wooden knobs - Michaels
Vintage Labels 1 Molds - Iron Orchid Designs
Stencil - manufacturer unknown - (make your own with Mask-It)
½” stipple paint brush
1 ½” soft bristle paint brush
½” soft bristle paint brush
Small hex nut
Small gemstone accent
Instructions for Vintage Label
1. Get supplies
Create the label with Thibra, heat tool and vintage label silicon mold.
2. Heat Thibra
On a teflon mat or heat safe surface, heat Thibra with a heat tool until it is putty-like, then press into the detailed crevices of the mold. Then flatten the back smooth.
Check out the TIPS Section to learn about various methods for heating Thibra.
3. Allow to cool
Allow Thibra to cool and harden for 2-3 minutes and gently pop design from silicone mold.
TIP: If you have any thin pieces of Thibra overfilling the mold, they may be gently cut or sanded from design. This may leave a white finish to the Thibra which will not show when you paint your finished piece. Remember to save all of your tiny scraps, they can be re-used.
4. Initial coating
Use smaller soft bristle brush and paint label with Tommy Art Gray Coating. Coating is lightweight and will cover the label color without puddling in the creviced detail. Allow to dry.
5. Metallic Paint
Using dry stipple brush, lightly dab into Tommy Art Silver Metallic Mineral Paint and tap off excess on a paper towel. Use light sweeping movements to dry brush metallic color to raised areas of the labels surface. Wash brush and allow to dry.
6. Antiquing Wax
Apply light amount of Antiquing Wax into crevices of Thibra hardware to accent the detail and buff with a soft cloth.
7. Apply Hex Nut
Apply hex nut, then gemstone to center front of the label with non-toxic Better adhesive. Set aside to cure.
Instructions for painting desk organizer
1. No prep needed
Painting is easy with Tommy Art DIY Paint System. Your clean wooden piece requires no pre-sanding or surface prep.
2. Apply color
Using 1 ½” soft bristle brush, apply Petroleum color to all visible surfaces of desk organizer - one side at a time with long sweeping strokes.
TIP: Elevate object to easily cover the bottom edges of desk organizer without pooling or puddles.
3. Second coat, or not
Most pieces can be painting with one-coat coverage using the Tommy Art DIY Paint System. If your piece requires a second coat of paint, allow to dry between coats.
TIP: This is a light wood base, I painted all of the interior pieces of the organizer to eliminate any light colored reflections to my finished painted surfaces.
4. Pattern with Coating
For tone-on-tone pattern, mix 2 parts Tommy Art Neutral Coating and 1 part Tommy Art Petroleum Mineral Paint in a disposable cup. You only need a small amount of each for this technique. This piece measures 13” x 7” x 6”, I used approximately 2 teaspoons of coating and 1 tsp of paint.
TIP: If your stencil is smaller than the surface you wish to cover, eyeball starting point to center design and to get a feel for how the entire image will look at the edges or finish point. For this project, I started with a 7” stencil in the front center, and then worked my way to the front left and right sides. I did the interior layers that show the same way, and finally each outer side.
5. Dry, cure then wax
Paint will be dry to touch in 20-30 minutes, after paint has cured for 24-48 hours, use a soft cloth to apply Neutral Wax over painted organizer. Allow wax to rest for a few minutes and buff with a clean soft cloth. This will protect the paint finish of your piece.
6. Apply Silver Metallic Paint
Use a soft bristle dry brush, apply Silver Metallic Mineral Paint to round wooden knobs. I used a BBQ skewer to hold the knobs steady and worked in small sections at one time. Allow to dry.
7. Antiquing Wax
Use Silver Metallic to paint round feet. Allow to dry and apply thin coat of Antiquing Wax and allow to rest for a few minutes. Use a soft cloth to buff the feet.
8. Glue it all together with Better
Following instructions on Better Adhesive, turning the organizer over, glue the feet to the bottom. Allow adhesive to cure.
Follow instructions on Better packaging and glue hardware plate and knob to the front and allow to cure.
TIP: Clamps may be helpful in the first few minutes while glue sets.
There you have it!
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