How to update old wood nightstands with decoupage and matte finish chalk finish acrylic paint.

How can you update old pieces of furniture you have or find?  This is a quick do-it-yourself project that can be finished in a day.  It is a lot of work but very rewarding.  First, you have to have a great piece that you would like to update.  I found this pair of oversized vintage nightstands at a local thrift store.  I don’t find great deals very often, but this pair just jumped out at me screaming for some updating!nightstands before

These had a clean classic style, and they are solid wood.  Sometimes, the piece tells me what it wants to look like and these were screaming Shabby Chic style.  I think these had a mid-century modern feel with the clean straight lines but I thought they would look great with some white paint.  After I got them home, I cleaned and sanded them, I used Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint by Plaid in White.  Well, they looked plain and needed something else, maybe a stencil or wood appliques.  I wanted something different.  I was shopping at Meijer, a regional big box store like Wal-Mart and I went down the gift wrap aisle and I saw this paper!  I loved it and knew that I had to put it on my nightstands.  This paper screamed shabby chic to me.  I snagged it and when I got home, I applied the paper and I love how they turned out.IMG_20170719_1707132_rewind_kindlephoto-463114435

The process is very easy, you just have to have patience.  The first thing I did was line my drawers up and unrolled the paper long enough to cover all three drawers.  I cut the paper in one long sheet and then cut enough out for each drawer.  I laid my long sheet of wrapping paper face down on my table and set the drawers on top of it, then I simply traced the outline of each drawer.  I wanted the pattern on the paper to run continuously.  I cut each section out and lightly marked which drawer that section went on.  After I cut and marked all six sections, I got out my Mod-Podge. You will need Mod-Podge, a foam brush to apply it, a plastic scraper or putty knife or credit card to smooth all the wrinkles out, I also use a weighted roller that I stole from my husbands’ toolbox!  I’m not sure what it is called, but I just call it a weighted roller!  Double check the direction of your paper and make sure it is going the correct way and lay it face down.  Apply a light even amount of Mod-Podge to the drawer face and then a very thin layer on your paper.  Carefully, place the paper on the drawer.  These drawers weren’t too big and all flat, so I could hold both sides and lay it flat across the drawer.  I start in the middle and work my way out to the sides, smoothing the air bubbles out.  I use my hands as much as possible and then I run my roller over the paper and then my scraper if I still have any air bubbles left.  Don’t push too hard or you can tear the paper.  If you have a large piece of paper that is thin, you can put some plastic wrap over the paper while you smooth it out.  Let it dry and then put another coat of Mod-Podge on top to seal it.  You have just updated your piece of furniture!  Congratulations, you did it!!!

I used wrapping paper on this project, but you can use most paper products like napkins, tissue paper, wallpaper or even fabric would work.

I’ve also used spray adhesive to apply paper and then used my regular topcoat to seal it.  I mostly use Polycrylic to seal my furniture because it won’t yellow white paint.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, comment and I will get back with you.

Good luck on your project!




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