The amount and variety of beautiful wallpaper is truly astounding but so are the prices! Some rolls of wallpaper cost upwards of $300. But there’s no reason you can use less than a roll of wallpaper to achieve stunning results. There are so many things you can do with one roll of wallpaper or less, but today I’m going to focus on furniture covered in wallpaper. And if you’re looking for wallpaper covered furniture, then you need look no further than Bryonie Porter who turns decoupage into a high art form.
The handcrafted pieces are carefully thought out and the wallpaper is used to emphasize the furniture’s lines. And do I need to mention that this method of reviving furniture is about as green as it gets? But even if it weren’t… I have to admit, when I see unique sideboards and dressers like these I just covet, covet, covet.
She will also make pieces to order, so if you just can’t bear parting with granny’s old dress but it’s too ugly to actually take down from the attic, consider giving Bryonie Porter a call. I bet she’ll know what to do with it!
I would have loved to have seen these pieces before she made them so gorgeous, just to be even more awed. But they do make your brain churn with possibilities, don’t they? Bryonie uses a special technique to achieve a flawless finish but if you do attempt this project, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- make sure the furniture you use has flat fronts and sides and is without embellishments like molding
- take a swatch of wallpaper to your paint store and have them match your base color exactly to the one you’d like to use from the wallpaper
- prep your furniture first by cleaning, sanding and wiping it down to make sure that the wallpaper has a smooth surface to stick to
- prime and paint it in your desired color (I’d use at least two coats of paint)
- carefully cut out your motifs and arrange them on the desk, dresser, shelves or sideboard
- use wallpaper glue to attach
- I’m guessing that Bryonie sands down the edges of the paper so that they don’t stick out
- make sure to cover your creation with at least two coats of clear coat varnish
- and some funky knobs or pulls and you’re done!
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