Hi all! This week, I decided to tackle one of those I’ve-been-meaning-to-get-around-to-it-for-ages projects that has been plaguing our apartment for the 3 years we’ve lived there.
We all have pieces of furniture that we inherited when we were students, or got from that friend of a friend and just never got rid of. For my boyfriend and I, it was our nightstands…
These very boring, very scratched, very faded nightstands have floated around with us every time we’ve moved, and are currently occupying space on either side of the bed. They add nothing to the room, and it’s high time these babies got some serious DIY love.
I’m not a huge fan of painting furniture. I am an inherently messy person (a.k.a. there’s always paint everywhere) and the paint never ends up looking as good as I want it to. Enter the beautiful black and white Scalloped Nepalese Paper (only $5.00 for a 20×30 sheet!).
Both my boyfriend and I love this patterned paper, and I’ve been looking for a use for it ever since I purchased it, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. And so we arrive at the title “Paper Covered Nightstand”.
This DIY is relatively simple and quick (it only took me 2 hours) and requires minimal equipment:
-Patterned Paper (enough to cover the surface area of the doors and drawer faces)
-Large Cutting Mat (not pictured)
-Neutral PH Adhesive or PVA glue (available in store for $11.95)
-Glue Brush (only $1.50 in store!)
-Bone folder (also available in store for $9.95)
Use the screwdriver to remove the doors and drawer faces of your nightstand. Give them a wipe with some warm soapy water to give the paper a clean surface to stick to, and dry them thoroughly.
Using your Xacto, trim the first sheet of paper around your door, leaving about 2″ of overhang (if you have very thick doors, you might need more overhang and thinner doors will need less).
Step 3: Pour the glue directly onto the surface of the door (this will prevent it from drying too quickly) and spread it with the brush to coat the surface evenly. Making sure the paper’s pattern is lined up straight, lay it down on the door, and press down firmly. Hold the bone folder sideways and use it to smooth out any creases or air bubbles that form.
Step 4: Lift up the edges of your paper and add glue to any areas you may have missed, then go over the edges with the bone folder to make sure they’re firmly glued down. If your door has a beveled detail, like mine does, run the bone folder along the bevel so the paper sits flush in the crease.
Step 5: Poke a screw or the screw driver through any holes you need for hardware. It is important to do this while the glue is wet because it will plasticize when it dries and fill the hole, and you don’t want to have to drill a new one.
Step 6: Carefully flip the door over so that you are now looking at the inside and the 2″ paper overhang. With the Xacto knife, make two cuts at the paper’s corner, one straight and one diagonally, to create a right triangle. Do the same thing to the adjacent corner, making sure the triangles mirror each other (the 2 straight edges should be paralell). Repeat the process on the other side of the door, and when you’re done, you should have 2 straight flaps, and 2 trapezoidal flaps (see below).
Step 7: Brush glue onto the edge of the door adjacent to one of the trapezoidal flaps, and carefully fold the flap over, going over the edge with the bone folder. Lift the paper and glue down any sections you missed. Repeat this process on the opposite edge. If you get glue on part of the door that’s not covered by paper, don’t worry! Just wipe it with some warm water while its still wet.
Step 8: Brush glue to the edge of the door below one of the overhanging corners. Carefully tuck the edge of the corner in on itself, then cover it with the remaining paper (see below). This process gives you a neat, hospital corner, and guarantees that no white will peak through your paper. Repeat this step on all 4 corners.
Step 9: Apply glue to one of the remaining edges and fold over the rectangular flap, going over the edge with your bone folder. Lift the paper and apply glue to any spots you missed, pressing down firmly, and wiping any excess glue with warm water. Repeat the process on the last remaining edge.
Step 10: With your knife and screwdriver, carefully cut and poke the holes needed for your hardware while the glue is still wet. When you’re done, set this door aside to dry, and repeat steps 1-10 on the remaining door and drawer faces.
When you’re finished and all the pieces have dried, put the hardware back on and reattach them to the body of your nightstand. Now it’s time to stand back and admire your handiwork!
I’m super happy with how this project turned out. My only problem now is restraining myself from covering every piece of furniture in our apartment! It’s very addicting…
Good luck with all your paper DIYs!