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Using Wallpaper To Update Furniture

July 04, 2023

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My new charging end table cabinet functioned really well, but I could see the mess hiding inside, behind its open front door.

Here's how I used wallpaper to hide that mess and add a bit of elegance to the design in the process.

Dixie Belle Mineral Paint Umber

While the whole world seems to be immersed in red, white and blue today, at least here in the US, I can't stop thinking about brown.

Silly, right?

I mean even on a normal day, I'm usually talking about red.

Stands to reason that on a patriotic holiday I should be knee deep in that hue.

However.

Yesterday, I solved a design dilemma and totally transformed an end table with, you guessed it, brown.

And I couldn't be happier.

I don't know why, but I've been dragging my feet when it comes to the details in my family room.

A few weeks ago, I finally got the windows right with the addition of blinds.

That one change seems to have kicked my decorating tail into high gear and since then, the haze that clouded my design direction has lifted.

The lightbulb went on, my vision became clear.

And I've been making changes left and right.

Today, I want to share the first one.

Cottage Style Checked Sofa and Floral Wallpaper

Before the new sofa even arrived, I'd picked out this end table cabinet that I thought would function well in our tiny room.

It was a warm wood tone, it had plenty of storage and it came equipped with electrical outlets and chargers built in for all our devices.

Perfect. 

The only thing I didn't love, was the open screen on the front door. I could see everything I was trying to hide inside. 

Charging End Table Makeover to cover up see through door

Not pretty.

Originally, I thought I'd just use my cabinet door fabric trick to solve this problem.

I mean, I've used fabric to add some cottage style charm and conceal the messes hiding behind:
It was a no brainer.

Until I really thought about it. 

The room was already covered in a wall of flowers and fabric. The addition of another was challenging, even for this pattern mixing pro.

Plus, the screen in the door didn't come out and the lip to add fabric was narrow. I could've done it, but it wouldn't have been easy.

Screen Door Cabinet Makeover

So I had to come up with a plan b. One I found walking down the hallway.

That's when I passed my painted corner cabinet, and right away I knew what I was going to do. I was going to use the same embossed wallpaper I'd used on that cabinet and on my wooden tray makeover to make a small faux panel for the cabinet.

It would be brown to match the furniture, add a little texture, but not another overwhelming pattern and it would be hot glued on and fit in that narrow space. 

Fabulous.

And by the way, since I had everything on hand, it was free.

Creative Way To Use Wallpaper On Furniture


I started by cutting a template out of scrap paper.

Paper Template For Furniture Panel Makeover

Then I transferred it on to the back of the embossed, paintable wallpaper. (Similar To This One)

Traced Pattern On Back Of Wallpaper

Next up, I grabbed my brown Umber mineral paint, from Dixie Belle, the same paint I used on my round metal mirror, to make it look like wood.

Dixie Belle Mineral Paint Umber

I used a large bristle brush to paint it onto the wallpaper, making sure to get it into all the crevices.

Painting Embossed Wallpaper with a paint brush

Then I used a terry cloth stain pad to remove some of the paint. 

I just dragged the pad over the wallpaper, and the pad removed the excess paint from the raised surfaces of the wallpaper.

Removing Excess Paint On Paintable Wallpaper

Then I let it dry on a flat surface for a few hours.

I needed it to be completely dry before I cut it out to the proper size.

I also cut it after I painted it, leaving it oversized, because I wanted to make sure that if the edges curled, I could just cut them off.

Using Paintable Wallpaper On Furniture, letting it dry on flat surface

Luckily, curling wasn't an issue.

Cutting Embossed Painted Wallpaper

Once the paper was properly sized, I added a bit of hot glue to the metal frame of the screen and popped the wallpaper into place.

Decorating A Cabinet Door DIY with wallpaper and glue gun

When I was done, that peek a boo screen had been covered up and my cabinet had a whole new, high end, wood carved front panel.

Made in one day and from wallpaper.

Cabinet End Table Makeover DIY

I think it elevates the entire piece.

It doesn't compete with the other surrounding elements.

And it looks so good in the room.

Even if it isn't red...white or blue.

😉

Are you a fan of brown?

Creative Idea To Cover Storage Openings  and Hide The Mess

Happy Creating Friends!
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  1. Brilliant! And one of the examples of why we save the bits and bobs!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna! I'm so glad I hung onto that wallpaper. I actually contemplated giving it away recently, I thought how many places can I put this...so glad I held onto it!

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  2. Great idea and the change looks spectacular! I popped over to the blinds and I think they look perfect, also.

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    1. Thanks so much, Allyson! I really like the look and so easy...and I'm so glad you like the blinds. I was skeptical, but they really make the room!

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  3. Looks perfect. And, yes, I am a fan of brown. If it's the right brown, it is one of my best colors.

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    1. Thanks Pat! I'm with you, the right brown can be gorgeous. I was almost going to get a white table for that spot, but in the end brown won out...and I'm so glad! Happy 4th!!

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  4. Lately I've been choosing tones of brown to go with all the green decor I have. Brown reminds me of the earth. Green reminds me of nature.
    Brenda

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    1. Yes! I love the way the brown looks in my family room with all the green. I was going to lean into white painted accents, but something about the brown just felt right. Glad to hear I'm not alone!!

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  5. What a clever idea! And it looks so pretty too!! - Briana from Texas

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    1. Thank you, Briana! I really wasn't sure how to solve this one, then that wallpaper came t the rescue!!

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  6. Very cute Kim! A big improvement. I love that wallpaper!

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    1. Thanks Florence! That wallpaper is the gift that keeps on giving!

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  7. You did a great job on this and very creative too! No, I don’t care for brown at all! 😂 I’m in an apt and the doors and trim are a light mocha and, of all things, the blinds are brown! I can’t stand it but it would be expensive to change them.
    xo
    Pat

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    1. Thanks Pat! I have to say I get it with the doors. I do like white trim and white doors, there's just something bright and clean about them. When I lived upstate the dark trim/ doors look was everywhere. I think it's very popular in certain areas. Happy 4th!!

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  8. Hello,
    Yes, I am a fan of brown. We just spray painted our outdoor rocker Bulldog Brown. ;-) Don't ya love the name of paints. Hee Hee!
    I love what you shared today Kim. Thank you, Carla

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    1. Thanks Carla! Bulldog Brown!! I love it!! When the girls were little their rooms were painted in Bunny Nose Pink and Easter Bonnet. What a fun job...naming the paints!!

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  9. It looks fabulous you would never know that it wasn`t an original door, I like brown and gold together,

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    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn! I like brown and gold together, too. It's so elegant, a very classic combination.

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  10. Looks great. I love that sweet little side table. Have a great rest of the week. Hugs. Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I loved that table from the start, but that opening did bug me. Now, I’m completely smitten. I hope you enjoy the week! xo

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  11. Cute little table! Yes, I love all manner of brown shades - they are so natural and calming, especially when paired with greens.

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    1. Thanks Gina! I love that brown and green combo, too. You're the second person who mentioned that pairing and you're right, it really is so calming and lovely.

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  12. Kim, I too love that cute side table. You came up with a great idea to cover the screen on the door. Now you can hide anything in that table! LOL.

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    1. Thanks Julie! The view of all those games inside was really bugging me. Now, you're right, I can hide lots of things in there!! Haha!! Let the stuffing begin!!

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  13. I love the textural look of how it turned out, Kim, and hides what’s behind the door! Great job! I used beadboad wallpaper on the end of my sewing room cutting table years ago. I’m thinking of how I’d like to use what you used for something!

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    1. Thanks Kitty! Oh, I didn't know they had beadboard wallpaper. I love look. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for that one. Lots of possibilities there!!

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  14. If I didn't know, I'd think it was metal. Looks terrific, and glad that your "light bulb" sparked a bunch of new ideas!

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    1. Thanks Amy! Your comment just made my day, because I think it looks like metal, too.

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  15. Such a creative idea Kim! That wallpaper is perfect and looks fabulous with the wood! Great transformation!

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    1. Thanks Donna! I'm so happy I didn't toss that wallpaper roll. It was the perfect solution for me.

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  16. Kim,
    Love it!! What a great idea!! I have 2 round tables in my Living Room with tablecloths down to the floor along with one out in the Den...I store a wealth of things under those tables...in plain sight so to speak!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Debbie, you got me thinking about this wallpaper again after you commented about it on another post a few weeks ago. So thanks! I love hiding things in plain sight, too...it's a must in a tiny cottage!

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  17. Very sweet new look. Love the pattern and color. iIam happy to feature your makeover at Love Your Creativity.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda!! I’m honored! Enjoy the weekend!

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  18. HI Kim, I love it! The before and after is wow! Great makeover! laura

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    1. Thanks so much, Laura! It was super simple, too. Those are my favorite DIYs.

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