I was recently challenged by Voyage Wall Art to use their wallpaper in a DIY project, in a way other than just on the wall. Well you know how much I love wallpaper, and here’s how to use it when you’re doing up an old dressing table.
As you probably know we are undergoing major renovation work at the moment, converting the attic into a bedroom and so I’ve been planning the decor for a little while. I came across this incredible old dressing table in a charity shop for just £30 and knew it was perfect for the space, and for this challenge. All it needed was a little TLC.
Doing Up An Old Dressing Table:
And here’s how it looked, once I finished:
What you need:
- Voyage wallpaper (I used Azim in Indigo)
- White matt spray paint (Valspar or Rustoleum)
- Copper knobs (H&M Home)
- Spray mount
Sand down the dressing table, to give it a key and remove any fine scratches. Go with the grain and do it really lightly. We also gave the front of the drawers a little remedial work and glued on the veneer that was peeling. It’s not going to be perfect but hopefully the matt paint will dull down any imperfections. Clean off and wipe down.
Give the unit the first coat of spray paint. I used Valspar Primer and Paint in one (around £12 per can) and remember to give it a really good shake as per the instructions. With a steady arm, work backwards and forwards, keeping the same distance throughout to ensure an even coat.
After one coat this is how it looked –
The spray only takes 10-20 minutes to dry so give it another coat and so on. It’s better to have many light coats that a few heavy ones, to ensure even coverage and a good finish. Do spray in a well ventilated area, and if you’re outside ensure it’s not too windy so your paint doesn’t blow as it’s spraying. This happened a little to me, and so my final coat was a bit patchy.
I used 3 cans to do the whole dressing table with 4 coats.
With the unit fully painted, including the drawer fronts, it’s time to cut the paper to fit.
I measured the width of the drawer base, added the height of the two sides to create one long panel. Then did the same for the back panel too. I also added 3 cms overlap to give it a nice finish. The beauty of this method is there’s no cutting involved at all once you have the correct size pieces.
Using the spray mount, spray the back panel and then leave for 30 secs to go tacky. Put the wallpaper in place. If it’s not quite right you can lift it and reposition; the spray allows you to do this several times if you need to. Work quickly though.
Once the back panel is in place you can apply more spray to the sides and base, and glue on your larger piece. I allowed a slight overlap on the base with the back panel just to ensure there was no wood showing. Smooth from the centre, and then up the sides to ensure you have no creases and bubbles. Then fold the remainder over the top of the drawer for a colourful edge.
Allow the drawers and glue to dry off then add the copper knobs. These were from H&M Home and just £4.99 for a set of 2.
You won’t need to seal the paint although you can give it a spray with Valspar matt sealer to ensure you don’t get any scratches.
Put your dressing table back together and enjoy!
Total Cost: £90 plus wallpaper from Voyage Wall Art
I love how opening the drawers gives a burst of watercolour pattern and is a complete surprise to the rest of the dressing table. I can’t wait to get this in the finished loft bedroom.
If you want to see the other projects in this challenge, check out the hashtag #VoyageWallArtChallenge and you can see more of the Voyage wall art collection on their website here.
Have you ever tackled doing up an old dressing table? I’d love to know how you got on.
In collaboration with Voyage Decoration