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Paper Covered Nightstand

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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…

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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!).

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 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:

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-Screwdriver
-Patterned Paper (enough to cover the surface area of the doors and drawer faces)
-Xacto Knife
-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)

Step 1:
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.

Step 2:
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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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Good luck with all your paper DIYs!

Cheers!
Emma

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Creative party planning: NYE Photo booth

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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A photo booth can be a really fun way to provide a platform for guests to capture memories at parties or events. This past New Years Eve I decided to construct one at a friend’s masquerade party using some curtains, some paper and a few of our remaining holiday decorations.

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I strung up our Meri Meri Pop diamond boxes and Meri Meri Pinwheels (both regular $22.95, currently on sale for 50%) using our Knot and Bow Cotton twine ($9.95) to create some 3-dimensional details in the foreground and used the gold string that came with the diamond boxes with long strips of some of our metallic papers to create a garland for the backdrop. The strips were cut from our Metal Momi and Metal Midare papers which are very sturdy and luminous and looked great with their varying textures.

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Guests of the party had a lot of fun using the photobooth to take portraits as everyone awaited midnight. Most of the masks we had were purchased from Malabar, however friends Tom and Ainslie impressed everyone with their custom deer and fox paper masks from Wintercroft. Wintercroft offers really interesting geometric pattern mask templates that are easily downloaded off of their website, printed, and constructed out of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Can you imagine how great some of these masks would look made from our Chiyogami paper?

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We have limited stock left of our Meri Meri Pop diamonds and holiday decorations so come in soon to take advantage of our sale so you’re more equipped for your next party.

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-Justine

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Need Last Minute Wrap Ideas? We’ve Got ‘Em!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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As we draw ever nearer to Christmas (eek!) it always seems that people, including myself, begin to panic when they just can’t find the right wrapping or box for those few last gifts. Well look no further, we’ve got you covered! Whether it’s boxes, bags, tissue or tags, you can find it here!

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I feel like most people would agree with me when I say that when it comes to wrapping a last minute gift, a bag is the easiest way to go. Grab some fun tissue (we have it in many colours and patterns) and get bagging!

 

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To answer a question we frequently get, YES we do carry boxes! Along with our standard kraft box sizes, we’ve also got some fancy holiday ones. And lots of holiday wrapping sheets to cover them!

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As for pretty finishing touches, we’ve got loads of packaging, washi tapes, and fun ribbons to get your presents looking extra special.

Come check it out today and get your Christmas (and every day) wrapping under control! Happy wrapping!

- Emily

 

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Christmas Tree Light Garland

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I love Christmas and I love Christmas crafting projects.  There’s no better time to start something than when it’s cold and snowy out.  If you’re like me there’s always a trade off between practicality and holiday festivities if you live in a small space.  I love real trees, but unfortunately I don’t really have room for one.  This year I decided to put my tree on the wall!  Seen here with the Christmas garland I made last year.

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I cut the lights from four different coloured cardstocks we carry and added the end bits out of our Titanium cardstock.  I used about one 8.5×11″ size sheet for each colour .  I strung them on our twine and topped it with one of our great Dresden Trim stars.  I used washi tape to hang it up on the wall.

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The perfect thing if you don’t have any floor space to spare.

Jax

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Kraft Paper Party

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Guys, I have  confession… I love kraft paper. Probably more than anyone should, really. I love drawing on it, wrapping with it, decorating with it… And here at The Paper Place, we have a plethora of super cool paper products that really do capture that “paper bag” aesthetic that is so on trend right now.

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I used some of these products at a family birthday party recently, and let me tell you, they looked fantastic.

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On the table as a runner is one of our decorative kraft rolls (this one is called “French Receipts”). It not only looks fantastic, but it makes cleaning up super easy. Just pick it up and throw it away! No washing required.

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IMG_2407I guess all I’m trying to say here is, give kraft paper a chance! It’s simple and versatile and works for any occasion. And stop by The Paper Place to see more fun kraft paper products! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

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