Before, During, After: PANYLing an IKEA SEKTION Kitchen



We posted recently about designing and constructing a small kitchen using the new IKEA SEKTION kitchen system.  There was a comparison of SEKTION vs. the older AKURUM system; a photo sequence of the design and construction processes; and finally, some shots of the finished kitchen.   In this post, we'll show the same kitchen getting a makeover using self-adhesive PANYL wrap material, in the Driftwood woodgrain pattern.

 (Scroll down further to see more before/after images)


Step by Step 


For this installation we used pre-cut PANYL sheets to cover the front surfaces of the door and drawer fronts of the IKEA Sektion kitchen cabinets.  The only tools required are a plastic squeegee, although it's also helpful to have a sharp blade (such as an Xacto knife or a snap-off blade):



We started by applying the pre-cut PANYL sheets to the drawer fronts of the Maximera base cabinet with drawers.  This is done by folding part of the backing, and aligning the edges of the PANYL to the edges of the drawer front.




Once you're happy with the alignment, you peel away the remaining liner material:



And then smooth with the plastic squeegee to remove any air bubbles and activate the adhesive on the back side:




The process is the same for small and large surfaces.  Peel back a small section of the backing and align the first edge.



When the sheet is correctly aligned, remove the remaining backing (either a little at a time, or all at once, however it works best for you):




And smooth...




The sink cabinet that was ordered turned out to be a different model than what we thought, so we trimmed the PANYL to fit on-site.  For the fixed panel beneath the sink, we aligned the PANYL top edge, then trimmed and sanded the side and bottom edges.



Trimming the edges is a matter of creasing the material along the edge with a finger or squeegee, and then inserting a sharp blade into the crease.  It is straightforward to trim evenly along the crease, using the edge of the drawer as a guide - however it is not necessary to trim the edges perfectly.



The final step is to lightly feather the exposed edges at 45-degree angle, with a medium grit sanding block or sponge.  This not only adds a uniform, smooth finish to the edge, but eliminates any imperfections and prevents possible snags.




Since we didn't know the final dimensions of the bar drop, we decided to fit it by hand.  The bits of blue painters tape held the liner in place as we squeegeed our way down.




After reaching the floor, we cut away the unused roll and trimmed the excess from the corner.



Since the bar drop was wider than the 48" roll width, it required two adjacent sheets in a butt joint (affixing the edge of the second sheet right up against the edge of the first sheet).





After aligning the butt joint along the left of the sheet, we squeegeed vertically towards the wall...



And trimmed off the excess from the right and bottom sides.


Before and After