Decoupage Kitchen Cabinets With Andy Warhol Posters

I had a very plain kitchen, and I had been wanting to do something creative with the white cabinets for a while. Then one day I was at the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A., and all the Andy Warhol posters were 40% off. Standing in the middle of the store, the idea came to me to buy all the posters and find a way to decoupage them to my kitchen cabinets. So I did!
This is the finished kitchen. I love how some posters cover one cabinet, and others spread across two cabinets.
Cabinet drawers were fun to decoupage since I got to attach the posters in sections. Fortunately none of the knobs hit Marilyn's face in an unflattering place.
I had never decoupaged anything prior to doing this kitchen. I googled how to decoupage cabinets and found the world master of decoupage Durwin Rice, author of "New Decoupage," who taught me how to do it.
Here's the process. I took the cabinet doors off the hinges and applied plain white Elmer's glue to the surface.
I cut the posters to fit the cabinet doors and put them in a bathtub of water to relax the paper. This way, the paper would be easier to work with. Don't worry, the ink doesn't run.
Then I placed the wet poster on the glued surface, using a wet sponge and wet brayer to remove air bubbles. I let it dry overnight and then applied three coats of acrylic polyurethane. Now my kitchen is famous for 15 minutes.

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Jonathan Fong

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  • Pam Sullens
    on Dec 8, 2018

    Where can u purchase posters of that uniqueess

  • Ida9464
    on Aug 25, 2019

    We’re your posters glossy? Will this work better with cheap thin posters or higher quality(u bought at museum store)? I love your mind it’s a fantastic gift from God you have! I’ve been admiring your other work and have become a fan😁

  • Benesse
    on Feb 4, 2020

    Did you finish the surface with any kind of a seal for easy wiping? Would it even need it?

    • Jonathan Fong
      on Feb 4, 2020

      It has three coats of acrylic polyurethane, and that made it very durable and easy to wipe.

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  • Brigette Fahey
    on Jun 7, 2020

    FANTASTIC! I will be copying your idea. Now I just need a subject idea for my kitchen and bathrooms!

    We are buying an old 70’s house and the cabinets are ugly.

    Well they won’t be for very long.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Beautiful job and you can’t get mad at Andy Warhol!!! 🦋

  • Maude LaFountain
    on Jun 16, 2020

    In the one picture where you are putting the poster of the vintage can of Tomato Soup I actually have 2 can's that have ANDY WARHOLS name on the cans from a line of Campbell's Soup that was a one time thing ......they aren't that old actually on the bottom of the can it says to use by Aug 2,2014 they aren't that old but I like the look of the cans ...Bought them at a yard sale for 25 cents each they have never been opened lol ... but I really love your cabinets ....Great job !!!

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