DIY Wallpaper Table

by Tina on March 4, 2014

in Decor, DIY, our home

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I am so excited to be with you guys today and to share the little DIY Wallpaper Table that created that I hope will inspire you to be brave in your own homes and find new possibilities for old pieces that you may not love so much anymore.

I have had this little table in my home for over four years.  I bought it at Goodwill while we were in the States in between our time in Morocco and Denmark, then shipped it over here.  I never really loved the color, but I adored the shape.  I kept thinking I would paint it or add wallpaper to it, but you know what?  I’m a total paint coward.  How else can I explain the fact that this table has resided in my home for so long without actually slapping a coat or two of paint on it?  Do you remember how long it took me to paint my tv cabinet?  Forever!  Have I told you that I am also indecisive?  I couldn’t decide whether to mention it or not.

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Over the weekend I suddenly had a moment of compulsion and whipped this table out of it’s hiding place in the basement and decided to do something about it’s miserable state.  I realized that I had only spent about $10 on it and if I totally screwed it up no one would know because I never let anyone go in my basement.  (Only for safety reasons, of course.  And I once saw a humongous spider down there so I try to go down there as seldom as possible.)

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First, I took the doors off because I knew I wanted to use it in the foyer and it was really hard to get anything in or out with the way the doors slid.  With a Roller Brush, I painted three coats of white to the entire piece.  After the paint was dry (I was working near the fireplace so it dried pretty quickly), I used wallpaper paste to add a piece of scrap wallpaper from our old bedroom to the top.

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Within the space of about two hours I created a new DIY Wallpaper Table that was shockingly simply to do and I am now kicking myself for putting this project off for so long.  I was afraid that this piece couldn’t be painted because it is not solid wood, but it totally worked!  And what a difference, right?

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I placed it in our entry where I needed a place for keys and winter gloves.  This little space is tiny and a bit dark, so I really wanted to lighten the space by bringing a white table that was both functional and cute.  I also added some new hooks for coats and, of course, a vase full of flowers to make it extra inviting.  I found the cuckoo clock at a flea market for less than $5, but I love how quirky it is and keeps the space a little playful.

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I hope this new little DIY wallpaper table will inspire you to be less of a paint coward like myself and just have fun with your furniture.   It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Have any of you tried adding paint or wallpaper to a piece of furniture lately?  How did it turn out?

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Melanie Haynes March 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Looks great! I have a lot of plans like this for our bedroom furniture. it is all good stuff but a bit tired looking and doesn’t fit with our bed and wardrobe (or Danish styling) so once the weather warms up I am getting to it. I shall get tips from you on Thursday! x

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Tina March 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Sounds like I need to invite myself over and brainstorm with you! 🙂

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Jenn March 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I love it. You may have inspired me. I have a project I’ve been putting off, but maybe…

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Tina March 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Awesome! You will have to let us know how it turns out!

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Leah S. March 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Looks great! What a difference.

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Tina March 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

isn’t paint amazing?

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Lamirose March 4, 2014 at 3:21 pm

What a lovely Idea. I also love the Moroccan wedding blanket.

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Tina March 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Thanks. I’m totally kicking myself for not buying another blanket while in morocco.

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Rowena March 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I love how “quirky and playful” this arrangement is. I also love how you give thinks a Scandinavian flavour whilst keeping them very stamped with your own personal style. The clock is a delightful touch. I have a bunch of IKEA shelves I have been meaning to stencil but have not been brave enough to attempt it yet.

I can’t believe you paid to ship a table to Denmark– that must have cost a fortune.

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Tina March 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

My husband’s company gave us a shipping allowance and this was just a small piece of that. It was nice because I filled it with books. 🙂

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Papou March 4, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Wow!

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Tina March 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Thanks! 🙂

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Rochelle March 11, 2014 at 11:01 am

Ah Tina, that looks lovely. I love what you decided to do with the clock. I am catching up with you this week and funny, I have started all my painting projects last week too. Must be the birds singing and the sun shining. I am also always amazed at how paint transforms things, hence I love painting furniture. Never be scared is my motto! x

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