Rather than purchasing a new set of bedroom dressers, creative do-it-yourselfers can transform old, scuffed-up dressers with wallpaper. You can even choose to use wallpaper to decorate your dressers solely because you're interested in creating a new look. Or, you could refurbish a set of dressers you buy secondhand to make them truly your own.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Wallpaper sizing (if the wallpaper isn't self-adhesive)
- Clear acrylic
- Medium-sized paintbrush
- Dust mask
- Dust cloth
- Furniture cleaner
Step 1 - Sand the Dressers
You should wear the dust mask and sand down any rough edges on the bedroom dressers before you begin. You should smooth any place where there are holes, dents or rough edges. It doesn't matter if some of the sanded areas look unattractive if you plan to cover those areas.
Step 2 - Clean the Furniture
While still wearing the dust mask (as you'll be moving the shavings from the sanding around), clean the bedroom dressers with the dust cloth and furniture cleaner. Allow the dressers time to dry before you apply the wallpaper.
Step 3 - Determine the Pattern and Size of Design
You can choose to cover the entire surface of the bedroom dressers or you can trim the edges of the dressers with the wallpaper for a more framed look. You can also cut shapes out of the wallpaper and accent the dressers with only partially-covered sections. You should measure the entire areas you'd like to cover with the wallpaper.
Step 4 - Cut Wallpaper and Wallpaper Sizing if Necessary
Cut the wallpaper and the wallpaper sizing (if necessary) to the appropriate size. You should cut the wallpaper and sizing into shapes if you're going to decorate the dressers with shapes; otherwise you should make sure the pieces will fit over the entire area you're going to cover.
Step 5 - Apply Wallpaper Sizing if Necessary
Apply the wallpaper sizing to the back of your wallpaper if your wallpaper is not self-adhesive. (You can also use sizing even if your wallpaper is self-adhesive if you want additional security in making sure the wallpaper sticks on the furniture.) Apply the sizing slowly and make sure that you smooth out any air bubbles before you completely press the sizing into place. If you ever need to remove the wallpaper, sizing can help make sure you do less damage to the dressers.
Step 6 - Apply the Wallpaper
Apply the wallpaper directly onto the dressers. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles before you apply extra pressure.
Step 7 - Apply the Clear Acrylic
In order to provide a protective coat over the wallpaper and give the dressers an attractive, glossy shine, you should apply clear acrylic over the entire surface of the wallpaper. Acrylic can also make the surfaces easier to clean. Just use the paint brush and apply the acrylic over the wallpaper in smooth, even strokes. Allow the acrylic to dry before you use the dressers.