If you’re looking to revamp your kitchen without splashing the cash, then you may want to try this clever hack.
Called ‘vinyl wrapping’, how-to videos of the DIY trick have exploded all over TikTok, with experts sharing how they’ve transformed worn out kitchens into a brand spanking new space, using the unique wrapping material.
Vinyl wrapping involves taking a sheet of adhesive vinyl and applying it straight to kitchen worktops or cupboards. They can be bought in a variety of colours and finishes, such as a high gloss or matte.
This exciting new trend not only saves you the money of having to hire a professional, but it also spares your home of dreaded worker’s damage.
Jessica Toole from Manchester, and owner of Jes Rose Vinyl took to TikTok to reveal how the ‘popular’ method can modernise your kitchen in an instant.
Experts have shared how they’ve transformed worn out kitchens into a brand spanking new space, using vinyl wrapping material (Pictured: A kitchen before and after a revamp by Wales-based expert Steven Gay)
In the video, she attempts to wrap an old kitchen cupboard door while verbally describing the process.
She revealed: ‘I would advise taking the door off the hinges for an easier job but I just wanted to do a quick tutorial so I’ll show you now.
‘It’s non flammable and water resistant making it great for being used on cupboards.
‘It is just as simple as sticking your vinyl down and then using your squeegee tool just to flatten all the vinyl over the cupboard surface.
‘If you do have grooves in your cupboard, don’t flatten the vinyl into that yet because we will do that later using a hairdryer’.
In this case, opting for a hairdryer is ‘really helpful’ as it warms up the adhesive on the vinyl, and bonds it to the surface beneath.
If you find yourself with excess material, fear not – just simply trim off the excess.
However some vinyl companies print custom sizes made to order, for those wanting to keep things simple.
Jessica Toole from Manchester , and owner of Jes Rose Vinyl took to TikTok to reveal how the ‘popular’ method can modernise your kitchen in an instant. Vinyl wrapping involves taking a sheet of adhesive vinyl and applying it straight to kitchen worktops or cupboards
Here, she explains a hairdryer is ‘really helpful’ as it warms up the adhesive on the vinyl, and bonds it to the surface beneath
A smooth vinyl cover is achieved by removing excess material with a Stanley knife once the vinyl is applied to a surface
She illustrates how to remove the excess material by using a Stanley knife once the vinyl is applied to a surface.
She explained: ‘Now I’m going to stick the vinyl into the groove so all I did with my Stanley knife was pierce a little hole and then I used the squeegee to push any air out of it.
‘The hairdryer really helps here to warp the vinyl into the groove. You don’t need to go crazy with the knife just so it pierces a hole in the top.
‘And then all of the excess air can be pushed out of those holes’.
Repeat these steps using a dryer, squeegee and knife until all the grooves are neatly covered by the vinyl. Ensure the edges are folded over smoothly too.
She tops it off by applying two small holes to reapply the handle back onto the cupboard.
If you’re feeling brave enough to remodel the entire project, one expert has revealed how to fix vinyl desktops too.
Steven Gay, aka the ‘The Wrap man’ is a vinyl wrapping expert based in South Wales who’s company has wrapped a whopping 800 kitchens in seven years.
He said vinyl revamps are the best course of action for ‘outdated’ kitchens, instead of busting the bank on a brand new one.
Steven Gay, aka the ‘The Wrap man’ says vinyl revamps are the best course of action for ‘outdated’ kitchens, instead of busting the bank on a brand new one. In this clip, a large sheet of woodblock vinyl is placed over the countertop, before trimming it down to size and sealing it’s adhesive with a squeegee
When done correctly, you should be left with a ‘very, very nice looking’ kitchen that comes at a fraction of the cost of buying a new one, he explains
As the owner of Vinyl Revamps, he explained that vinyl wrapping extends beyond cupboards, and can also be used for ‘worktops, splashbacks, pelmets and plinths’ and that in fact ‘absolutely everything has been covered’.
In one video, he transformed a black and wood kitchen space into a refreshing white marble theme with a dash of grey.
While attaching vinyl to the kitchen’s surfaces, he explains: ‘We use a commercial hardware and vinyl, so it’s waterproof, heatproof, stain proof whatever you can think of’.
He works his way around the room applying the material to various parts of the kitchen, including the desktop and walls.
Using just a squeegee, he smooths over the material, ensuring the adhesive is properly sealed to each surface.
For extra protection, he applies silicon to lines and sharp corners.
In a sort of ‘here’s what I made earlier’ fashion, he also reveals a few kitchen cabinets covered in a light grey gloss.
Another benefit of vinyl wrap is the ability to experiment with various patterns and colours without having to spend a fortune.
In another video, Stephen decorates a kitchen using both gloss cream and wood vinyl.
He talks viewers through the transformation, saying: ‘So this kitchen was originally a beech kitchen with just bog standard black worktops as you can see.
‘We wrapped the cupboards in a gloss cream vinyl, all the framework, plinths and pelmets.
‘And then we returned to wrap the worktops using a commercial hardwearing and woodblock vinyl’.
In the clip, a large sheet of woodblock vinyl is placed over the countertop, before trimming it down to size and sealing it’s adhesive with a squeegee.
The expert is careful to cut around permanent kitchen appliances like the gas cooker.
He concluded: ‘And the finished result as you can see is a very, very nice looking kitchen at a fraction of the cost of buying a brand new kitchen and without the hassle of ripping out and replacing it as well’.