What will stick to the back of china cabinet, it looks like pressboard

by Jochastain
Its 100 years old. Oak. But inside back is an old compound wood of some kind.
I am redoing the cabinet and would like to paste CHINESE RED cloth, wallpaper, thick paint, or something RED inside the back and I'd like to add a gold Chinese stencil to that..

I then want to paint the shelves red on top and yellow/gold on bottom.

Of course the outside will also be Chinese red; maybe a gold vertical stencil up the door posts.

I'm having a glass door made now. Years of searching has not found a door for this
cabinet. It was my mother's mother's, I think around 1900. It has no value as it is.

what will stick to the back of china cabinet it looks like pressboard
  1. What will stick to the inside back??
what will stick to the back of china cabinet it looks like pressboard
what will stick to the back of china cabinet it looks like pressboard
  18 answers
  • Jo Jo on Mar 24, 2017

    A good quality wall paper or if you cannot find the perfect color fabric pasted with Mod podge. You could attach a beautiful fabric with upholstery pins. This seems like my kind of project. Family heirlOdom made beautiful again. Good luck!

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    • Pam Pam on Mar 27, 2017

      Jo with the cabinet, you might find an old curved rocking chair or table and use the curved wood to make a door for your cabinet.

  • William William on Mar 24, 2017

    If the pressboard back is original, then its not 100 years. Actually you can paint or stain the back. Glue paper, fabric or anything else you want to do with it. Love your concept and ideas.

    • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 24, 2017

      Thank you William. My husband calls it particle board; but then

      he is not as old as the cabinet. I am 79 and it has been in my

      family longer than that...I remember when the glass door was broken'

      out. I was a child. So, based on my age, and that my parents married in 1920, I was guessing at 100. No date of sale is available of course.

  • William William on Mar 24, 2017

    Plywood was invented during the Second world War but it was primarily used exclusively to build PT BOATS and Landing Craft for the military. After the war they began using plywood for residential construction and furniture but by the end of the 1940's there was a severe shortage of Lumber suitable for making plywood.

    Particle board was invented in 1950 as a substitute for plywood but it didnt receive much public attention at first.

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    • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 25, 2017

      Wow William, what history you remember. I remember during the war when oleomargarine came in a bag with a blob of yellow dye you massaged through it. We were told it was BETTER for us than pig fat.

      Anyway, gathering info from your letters, I am beginning to believe the

      back was replaced at some time. I can't imagine why unless someone wanted to make a table. My dad's generation did make many of the things they used, like an Oaken well bucket. So you never know.

      But to the point, from others' suggestions, I think I will try first to prime

      it, let it dry, and then paint it red. If that doesn't work, I'll try either Wallpaper or fabric. Everyone has given wonderful suggestions.

  • Lamar Havard Lamar Havard on Mar 24, 2017

    I would get a piece of 1/4" Luan and a yard or so of red satin, glue or staple them together and replace the old back panel with that.

  • William William on Mar 25, 2017

    The process you describe is exactly how particle board is made. If it is as old as you say the back would have been wood boards at one time and replaced with particle board due to damage like cracking or warping. If it is oak they would not have used cheap secondary woods back in the day.

    • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 25, 2017

      Well, it is oak. Except for the back...as we have discussed.

      .There was a wash stand, a buffett and a huge oak table with it at first. No one knows now what happened to the table; but one of my daughters has the washstand rotting in her basement, my sister has the buffett (huge & in perfect shape) in her house, and I was given the doorless china cabinet after my parents died.

      These things were in our house as long as my sister could remember, born in 1927. She said they had come from mom's mother.

  • William William on Mar 25, 2017

    The back had to replaced! Usually there is a manufacturers label on the back. I found similar doing a Google search. Built around 1890 to 1900. Current value $950 to $1000. There are so many available for sale or auction.

    • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 25, 2017

      I found many too. But I don't want to buy one just to get a door.

      You are so kind to correspond about this. And you know So much.

  • Linda Linda on Mar 25, 2017

    I'm so glad you are going to destroy a 100 year old piece by painting it colors of a baudy house. Sorry. After that, why bother with a door.

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    • Angela Angela on Mar 26, 2017

      Linda, using furniture is better than discarding it ir letting it rot. Why be negative? Why?

  • I would just paint the back and then stencil as you wish. Red may take a few coats, keep them on the thin side so they dry quicker. Here is a thought, you could mod podge some nice textured fabric to the back, then paint over, then stencil. I like where you are going with this, please post a photo when completed! Have fun! ☺

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    • Hopefully your craft or fabric store will have someone to help you further. If you run into any questions, you can email me at: baileyanddaisey@gmail.com. Wish I lived closer, would be glad to come help! No go have some fun! ☺

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Mar 25, 2017

    I would prime, then paint with a high gloss enamel. Use a foam brush to make a very smooth finish. Love your color choices.

  • William William on Mar 25, 2017

    To paint it just lightly sand to remove ant gloss, prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, then paint with your color, seal with Minwax Polycrylic. I like the idea of of fabric for the back. Or even wallpaper. Please post you project here. Would love to see it. Oh, use marine varnish on hubby. Lasts longer and waterproof

  • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Mar 25, 2017

    I used shelf paper, the type that is repositionable, on my corner cupboard. I originally wanted red and white stripes but ended up with a black and white check. (1 inch checks) It's wonderful, not at all overpowering and peels off without leaving any residue. The corner cupboard was originally my grandmother's and I didn't want to do anything permanent. The finish on the rest of the cupboard is walnut stain on pine. My little collectibles look great against the back drop.

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    • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Mar 26, 2017

      Here are two pics of the corner cupboard with the shelf paper background. It's been up for several years, more than two or three and has only curled a couple of times up near the top back corner. It hasn't curled or done anything, except look nice, since I patted it back in place. I really like it and am glad I couldn't find the red and white stripes I originally had in mind. Good luck with your project! :-)

  • Jo Jo on Mar 26, 2017

    Hi Jo, yes my name is Jo, just Jo. I get the same thing all the time. I also get when meeting people for the first time, " Your Jo? Iwas expecting a man". I too like my name.

    Mod podge will previde a protective coating on the material, however, if you would want to remove it at some point it would be very difficult. Upholstery pins or even decorative push pins would keep the material in place but could be changed if you tire of or want a different look.

    office supply stores have beautiful push pins. I like to crack the clearance aisle. You can find virtually any color. Or you could find a color to match your material choice and they would visibly disappear. Good luck with your project. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

  • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 26, 2017

    Thanks John. Will get a foam brush.

  • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 26, 2017

    Thanks Jo. Finally met a friend who is just Jo.

  • Pep Pep on Mar 26, 2017

    I've enjoyed reading all these ideas. Here is my thought. My local fabric store [Joanns] has a beautiful sateen. I used a rich blue with half-dollar sized gold dragons to make a vest. They had many colors including several reds and other patterns such as birds, pagodas etc. Craft stores such as AC Moore and Michaels have spray adhesive. If you remove the shelves and tape off the edges of the glass I think you would be able to easily smooth the fabric on. I too would like to see the finished product.

    Pep Wilmington, DE

  • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 26, 2017

    I will make pictures! I don't not know if I'll be successful in this though. The cabinet is very fragile. Let's hope.

  • Gloria Shaw Gloria Shaw on Mar 28, 2017

    Perhaps the back that is on the cabinet was a replacement at one time. I recently replaced the back on a cabinet and used a simple sheet paneling to match the wood finish. It turned out great. You could also put a solid color and cover it with lace. I did this in a memorial frame for my grandmother and it turned out beautiful with her old earrings and bracelet, handkerchief and metal rouge compact.

  • Jochastain Jochastain on Mar 28, 2017

    How nice! I know it is beautiful. Thank you for your comments.