Hi crafty people, hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty lazy, but I did get around to snapping some pics of a recent DIY-decor project.
In my never-ending quest to stash all my crap, I recently procured this plain-jane piece:
…and restylyed it into something snazzy:
1. Paint a coat of primer over entire piece of furniture. After it dries, you’ll notice that all the fine wood fibers have popped up due to the moisture, giving the surface of the wood a prickly feel. Lightly sand the entire piece with fine-grit sandpaper.
2. Cheap pine wood can be super porous, so you might want to add a second coat of primer. Sand again after second coat.
3. Paint the piece with your chosen color. I used two coats of high gloss paint – white on the outside, some leftover blue on the inside. After each coat, run your hands over the piece – if it’s at all bumpy or prickly, hit it again with a quick sanding. Taking the time to do even a quick sand makes a huge difference in the finished appearance of the piece.
4. I used wrapping paper to decoupage the door panels. Just cut the paper to size, coat the door with decoupage medium or watered-down white glue, and apply the paper. Brush more medium or glue over the surface of the paper. Repeat for a heavier coating. I’m thinking that if I ever get tired of this pattern, it will be super-easy to just apply a new paper over this one, which will be great for a little room facelift, if I ever feel the need.
5. Ditch the cheesy door pulls and add something cute from Anthropolgie, or where ever.
UPDATE: Folks have been asking where the bird paper came from. I bought it on a trip to San Francisco at a crafts store in the Haight about a year ago… but, I later noticed it at a NYC art store, so it must be from a company that has national distribution. Check your local fancy art store, and good luck!