Because it is a renewable resource and is so versatile, bamboo is now available in many different applications for the home. It is the hot new trend in decorating, as it provides a tropical flavor to the room. You can use it for everything from candlesticks for dividers for flooring. The following technique can be used for repurposing old furniture with bamboo, but the application can also be used for the production of candle holders, flower pots, vases or other items
You will need:
- A piece of old furniture.
- Bamboo poles in various widths.
- Hand saw.
- Measuring tape.
- Carpenter’s glue.
- Give an Old Furniture en Face Lift
1 Find an old dresser, toy box or desk to be updated. Clean and dust the piece. Paint, if necessary.
2 Buy bamboo sticks from the local craft store in length and width you need for your project. Sticks come in all sizes, so finish first. You can cut them yourself if you work with an odd size piece.
3 Decide your pattern. For a dresser or chest of drawers, you can add a frame to each drawer as a picture frame. Or come up with your own unique design. Try different looks by holding up bamboo for your furniture.
4 Once you have your pattern figured out the label on the drawer or dresser with a pencil where you want to place bamboo.
5 Run a bead of carpenter’s glue on the back of bamboo stick, and attach it to the furniture and held it firmly in place for a few minutes.
6 Repeat with remaining pieces of your design. Let the piece sit overnight while the glue dries.
Bamboo can be used from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Experiment with different applications for a unique piece.
Since bamboo adds a sense of the tropics to your room and is so versatile, it’s easy to get carried away. It should be used as a design element, not take over the entire space.