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Wallpaper Your Furniture

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop shows three projects, each using less than a single roll of paper.


Supplies Needed:

• Single roll of wallpaper (26 sq feet or 16 linear feet). A great local source is Wallpaper Warehouse. You can also find several suppliers on-line. Try Target.com or Anthropologie.com.

• Wallpaper sizing (found at wallpaper retailers)

• Ruler Pencil Scissors

• Plastic smoothing tool

• Metal straight edge

• Razor blade

• Sponge or rag

Filing Cabinet

1. Make sure cabinet is clean and dry. Remove drawers and handles.

2. Spray paint file cabinet to desired color (optional).

3. Measure both height and width of drawer fronts.

4. Add approx 2″ to both measurements. Cut a piece of wallpaper to cover each drawer face.

5. Using a foam or bristle brush, paint the drawer front with wallpaper sizing. Let dry. Sizing will help the wallpaper stick to the slick metal surface of the drawer face.

6. Wet the paper and fold it back on itself, wrong sides together. Allow the paper to sit for a minute or two. This allows the paste to activate.

7. Position the paper on the drawer front and begin to smooth out the wrinkles, working from the middle of the drawer, to the outside edges. Use a plastic smoothing tool (a credit card works nicely), being careful not to tear or stretch the paper.

8. If you decide to wrap the paper around the front side, work slowly and work the paper into position. Use scissors to trim of any excess and binder clips or clothes pins to hold the edges in place.

9. Once the paper has dried, trim off any remaining excess with a razor blade.

10. Replace handles, using either the original handles or drill new holes and update the cabinet with new drawer pulls.

Head Board

Old tired furniture can be given an updated look using wallpaper. Cover the front of dresser drawers or an old headboard. The process is the same as described above. Make sure the piece of furniture is clean and dry. Apply wallpaper sizing to furniture. Allow the sizing to dry completely. Measure and cut paper, and apply. Allow paper to dry completely before trimming excess.

Breakfast Tray

Take an outdated picture and frame and turn it into a breakfast serving tray.

1. Make sure frame is sturdy and strong.

2. If desired, add old knobs as “feet” to the underside of the frame, and drawer pulls as “handles” to the top side.

3. Measure the inside of the frame and cut wallpaper to fit.

4. Wet paper, remembering to fold it back on itself and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.

5. Position the paper on the frame and smooth out any bubbles.

6. Once paper is completely dry, trim off excess and apply 2 coats of clear coat varnish


Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop loves turning trash into treasure. She is handy with a hammer, and has a knack for saving a dime by doing it yourself! If you have questions for Jenn, e-mail her at studio5@ksl.com

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