A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned I was working on a project that involved bead board wallpaper and new drawer pulls.
I’m finally ready for the big project reveal, but first I probably should give you a little background info.
A long, long time ago, my parents bought me a set of bedroom furniture for my 16th birthday. (Yes, indeed, it was a loooooong time ago!)
The set included:
a double dresser and mirror,
2 three drawer bachelor chests,
a three drawer corner chest and hutch,
a desk and chair,
and a king-sized headboard.
It was a great, stylish set at the time but, alas, sets of matchy-matchy furniture have long become passé. The main reason I have kept this set all these years is because we have very small closets in our house and with small closets, the 23 drawers in this set are invaluable! I truly don’t know what we would do without all this drawer space.
Who knows…maybe if I wait long enough, matching furniture sets will come back in vogue! LOL.
Anyway, here’s what the room most recently looked like…my “red phase.”
Several months ago, I decided I wanted to redecorate this room in my new favorite color, aqua, and use beachy decor.
The drawers do have a rope-like design on them but that, in itself, didn’t seem beachy enough to me so the following thoughts went through my head…
I wish my furniture looked more cottage/coastal.
I wonder what I could do to make it look more cottage/coastal?
Hmmm… bead board is very coastal looking. Maybe I could insert bead board in the recessed areas of the drawer fronts.
No…it would probably be too thick.
AND it would require a lot of measuring and cutting for 23 drawers.
I would need Hubby’s help with bead board too.
Hubby HATES carpentry work.
Gee, I think I recall seeing bead board wallpaper before.
YES! That’s it! Bead board wallpaper would be so much easier to work with.
Hubby hates carpentry and I could handle the wallpaper myself.
That would make Hubby really happy!
Not long after having that conversation with myself, Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality posted about using bead board wallpaper on the ends of her kitchen cabinets. It looked absolutely awesome so that further convinced me to try applying it to my furniture.
The process was really easy because the decorative drawer trim was just screwed on. Once the screws were removed and the trim piece was off, it was very quick and easy to apply a piece of wallpaper to the flat drawer fronts. I didn’t even have to be precise in cutting the wallpaper because all the raw edges were hidden once the decorative trim piece was screwed back in place.
The photo below shows the drawers “before” on the left…and the “after” drawers on the right.
Although this wallpaper is paintable, I elected not to paint it because it was actually a P.E.R.F.E.C.T. match to my furniture in its natural state. I was afraid I would never be able to get paint that matched any better and I didn’t want to open a can of worms and have to end up repainting all of that furniture!
My next goal was to cover up the lattice trim on top of the dresser mirror. This proved to be a bit more challenging and time consuming than the drawers.
As I stood studying it and trying to come up with a plan, I noticed there was a recessed area.
I made a pattern of the lattice area from white paper. Then, using the pattern, I traced the shape onto foam board that I found in the picture framing department at Michael’s and cut it out. Then I applied the wallpaper to the foam board.
I put a few dabs of hot glue on the back of the foam board to hold it in place and caulked around the edges.
I also removed the back of the hutch and wallpapered it.
Since the hutch had the lattice too, my original plan was to cover it the same way I covered the lattice on the mirror. However, I quickly discovered I didn’t like the way that looked when the panels were covered over. The shelf was just closed up too much so…
a couple of whacks with the palm of my hand…
and the panels popped right out. Ahhhhh…much better!
Wallpaper was also applied to the sides of the nightstands.
And a little to accentuate the curvy detail of the desk chair.
The application of the bead board wallpaper and new drawer pulls was such an easy solution for giving this old furniture a long-deserved facelift. I truly feel like I have a new set of furniture without giving up my 23 drawers of storage space!
Now it’s time to add the fun stuff that gives the room pizzazz and personality…bed linens, artwork, and accessories.
Stay tuned for that transformation!
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