Lori Haught Harper
Lori Haught Harper
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Flock Your Box

Now that I have your attention, you may be asking, “What is flocking?” Flocking is the process of taking small fibers and creating a felt-like, velvety surface, often used in jewelry boxes, pen cases, or lined boxes.
flock your box, painted furniture, Before and After Jewelry Armoire
Before and After Jewelry Armoire
When I refurbished my jewelry armoire, I did NOT like the original red color inside the drawers. Plus it didn’t go with the updated paint and new crystal knobs. So I selected some blue flocking materials from Woodcraft and completely changed the insides of the drawers! It is way easier than you think and the results will impress you! Here is how I did it...
flock your box, painted furniture, Faded 80s Lady
Faded 80s Lady
This is the jewelry armoire before… it looks a little 80’s because it was! And somehow over the years, two of the drawer pulls had come off and gotten lost.
flock your box, painted furniture, Supplies to flock a box
Supplies to flock a box
Here are the supplies I used. As you can see in this pic, the insides of the drawers were red. First I used a small vacuum attachment to clean the surface of all interior sections, making sure to get into the corners too.
flock your box, painted furniture, Apply Undercoat Adhesive
Apply Undercoat Adhesive
Next, I taped off all the edges of the drawers so I wouldn’t get the adhesive where I didn’t want it. After coating the drawers with Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat to prep the surface and letting it dry, I applied Donjer light blue Undercoat Adhesive to all areas I wanted to flock with a foam brush. The adhesive matches the flocking exactly to ensure a flawless look.
flock your box, painted furniture, Cover all surfaces to be flocked
Cover all surfaces to be flocked
I had to make sure to get into each nook and cranny because the flocking will only stick where there is adhesive. I didn’t want any of the red to show through, so this step was critical. This drawer was the most challenging!
flock your box, painted furniture, Shake shake shake
Shake shake shake
I created a “flocking box” to catch any excess fibers (trust me, this stuff is “fluffy light”!). With the Donjer Mini-Flocker, application is easy though. The flocking fibers go into the tube and you “shoot” them into the adhesive with this little puff sprayer. It’s kinda fun actually! One thing to remember with flocking – when you think you’ve added enough flocking material, ADD MORE! While the adhesive is wet, you really want to overcoat each area. It’s much easier to gather up excess flocking than it is to try to patch a spot you miss.
flock your box, painted furniture, Wowzers no more red
Wowzers, no more red!
After letting the adhesive dry, I shook out the excess flocking fibers into my “flocking box.” These fibers can actually be re-used so I gathered up all I could and replaced them in the bag they came in. However, I found that very little of the material came off once the adhesive soaked into it.
flock your box, painted furniture, Professional looking job flocking is easy
Professional looking job - flocking is easy!
Here’s the final product! You would never know there was previously red in the drawers of this jewelry armoire. I did this process in conjunction with a larger refurbishing of the entire jewelry armoire, which you can see by clicking the blog link below.

Suggested materials:

  • Flocking Fibers from Woodcraft  (http://www.woodcraft.com/product/16Y66/donjer-flocking-fibers-3oz-light-blue.aspx)
  • Matching Adhesive from Woodcraft  (http://www.woodcraft.com/product/17H32/donjer-undercoat-adhesive-8-oz-light-blue.aspx)
  • Donjer Mini Flocker from Woodcraft  (http://www.woodcraft.com/product/127115/donjer-mini-flocker.aspx)
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Lori Haught Harper

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Susan
    on May 20, 2016

    Super cool, did you paint the piece?

  • Sallie Leister
    on May 20, 2016

    Do you find tht it sheds? Wondering if it will get fibers in prongs and small areas of your jewels? Also do you know what the flocking and adheasive is made of? Any laytex?

    • Lori Haught Harper
      on May 20, 2016

      @Sallie Leister I found absolutely no shedding. The fibers are specially prepared rayon. Once you shake out the excess, everything else is stuck to the adhesive.

  • M. M..
    on May 21, 2016

    Beautiful! I didn't know that new flocking could go over old and pictured trying to scrape the old color out! How much time does the adhesive give you to shake on the fizzy powder?Thanks!

    • Lori Haught Harper
      on Jun 16, 2016

      I can't imagine trying to scrape that out - yuck! I did one drawer at a time, applying adhesive first then the flocking. You have plenty of time to add as much flocking as you need, it takes the adhesive several hours to dry.

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  • Cindy Gardiner
    on Jun 6, 2016

    excellent job

  • Mary Bellebuono
    on Jun 15, 2016

    My husband has made wooden boxes and there is nothing on the inside, i bet this would work nicely, he did stain and varnish though You did a lovely job Lori, thank you for sharing :-)

    • Lori Haught Harper
      on Jun 16, 2016

      Thanks, Mary! Your husband could still flock the insides of the boxes even with stain and varnish. The Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat might be a good idea before applying the adhesive.

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