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Textured wallpaper on furniture for a luxurious look is easier than you think. A long, long time ago I used the paintable, textured border in my dining room. I still have it because to tell you the truth I think if I tried to take it off it will pull the drywall off. I think there is a name for this product but I can’t remember what it is. If you know please let me know.
So this nightstand was plain and not in very good shape. I bought it anyway. The price was right and I love a good challenge, now don’t I? For the longest time I knew I wanted to use the border on a piece and decided this was the time.
The drawer pulls came off, even though they were ok I felt they needed to go. I was hoping I could find a replacement with the same span so the holes would work. Of course not! I found a knob that sparked the inspiration. The knobs remind me of love knots, they are copper and black.
I got to work by removing the rest of the knobs and the little ivy looking thing on the bottom. Amazingly I did not need to use wood filler to repair this plain old nightstand. I know, right? I did use it to plug up the holes where the old handles went and drilled new holes for the new knobs.
I sanded the top to the bare wood. I think that is the only wood on the piece. It is not an expensive piece of furniture but with a little imagination any plain, old piece of furniture can be made into a luxurious piece of furniture.
I spray painted the top with Rust-Oleum Hammered Copper paint. I was already loving this nightstand.
I dug out the textured, paintable border (similar to what I used) and cut two pieces so I could insert them on the sides. Yes I was really liking the look.
Then I cut the bottom border and glued it to the bottom of each drawer. Plus the middle part of the larger drawer. I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to adhere the paper to the sides and drawers and then Modge Podge over the top.
With the DIY chalk paint recipe mixed up I started painting. If you don’t remember what I do it is one part of Plaster of Paris with water to a pancake to crepe like consistency. Then I add three parts of latex paint and mix well. The first coat always looks like, well not good.
With the second coat it was starting to look better. By the time I painted on the third coat of paint it was such a transformation.
Fortunately the paint went on smooth as I knew this would not be the piece to distress. Remember this is not an expensive piece. Then as much as I wanted to start waxing I knew I needed to walk away and let the paint cure.
After three coats of the black paint it was time to finish it up. I lightly sanded the drawers and body of the nightstand using a 1200 grit paper. I did it just enough to smooth it out but taking care not to go over the paper or scratch the paint off.
Using the tack cloth I wiped it down and then waxed the piece with clear wax, followed by two coats of dark wax. I always like going over a black piece with the dark wax.
Then to add the luxurious look, I used Décor Art Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle wax on the embossed paper. If it got a little too heavy I went over it with the wax, either clear or dark worked. It also cleaned up the spots that got on the nightstand. The look is not consistent, it is more of a worn by time look but that seems to fit for the textured wallpaper on furniture for a luxurious look nightstand.
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