As promised, a tutorial on Lacey’s wallpapered dresser. Or you could call it a manifesto on what NOT to do. If I did it again, it would be easy because I would skip the whole part where I had to re-do half of it.
1. Measure: I used a yardstick to measure the drawers and then marked the back of the wallpaper accordingly. I drew straight lines all the way across when cutting on the horizontal.
2. Cut: I used scissors to cut on the lines that I made. A cutting board would be more accurate.
3. Paste: I used spray adhesive to adhere the wallpaper to the dresser. I sprayed the dresser thoroughly and did my best to center the paper. I learned (the hard way) that using permanent spray adhesive with an “open” time for easy removal was best. The brand was Elmer’s purchased from Hobby Lobby.
4. Trim: I used the yardstick and an exacto knife to make sure that the edges of the papered drawers were even. Press firmly with the knife to score the paper but not so hard that you scratch the furniture.
5. Polyurethane: I did a couple of light coats of spray poly to make sure the wallpaper sealed nicely. It is not glossy but you could achieve a glossier look with a glossy poly or more coats. Mine was more for protection than anything.
The good part of this whole deal? I learned that I could remove the wallpaper and start over without ruining the furniture. It makes the whole thing less scary in the future. I’m feeling more gutsy when it comes to furniture make-overs now.
My only question is whether or not it would work to use the wallpaper as is. In other words, no spray adhesive but using traditional paste to hang it. I’m not sure if that would work as well?
In the end, the dresser looks exactly how I want it to. Following the correct steps, it could be done in a half a day. For more pictures, see the original post here.
I’m itching to wallpaper something else now. Seriously.
I’m joining Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick @ her monthly Before & After Party. I’m also linking up with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.
P.S. I just poked the screw for the knobs through the back side of the dresser. It didn’t tear the paper at all!