Posted by: Fern | May 19, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday: Blockposter Decoupage Drawers Tutorial

This is the first part of my superb bedroom makeover on the cheap, our bedroom tends to get completely ignored and I’m just not willing to put much money into it as I’d rather use it on rooms that we use more like the family/dining room, so I’m trying to change our daggy old bedroom for less than $100! Dan’s horrible old white melamine chest that he’s had since he was a teenager (meaning it’s older than me!) was my first item to tackle!

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You will need…

  • Your chosen piece of furniture
  • PVA glue
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Screwdriver
  • Rotary cutter/craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler

Tutorial can be found after the jump —->

Find a piece of furniture that needs some work on it, op shops, council pick ups and thrift stores are all fabulous places, before you get going you’re going to need to clean every fingerprint and bit of grease from it.

Measure up the area you want to cover, find an image that you love (the artwork used here is from Kozyndan – they have an awesome print, “Bunny Blossoms”, that I’m planning to buy to go in the bedroom as well), head over to blockposters.com and enlarge it to the size you need, the original size of your image will define how pixelated your final print will be, so take that into account depending on your preferences. Print out the resulting PDF, if you have a borderless printer then that will make things a lot easier, if you don’t then you just have to suck it up and chop off all the borders like me.

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Remove the handles from the front of your drawers and set them to the side. If you’re working on a smooth surface then you’re going to have to sand it enough to scratch it up so the glue has a grit to stick to. Make sure to brush off all the dust once you’re done.

PICT8152Cut down your pages to the right size, my draws were 6.25 inches. Don’t throw away the cut offs (or let them blow away in the breeze as I did!) as you’ll need them for the next draw. Accuracy is the key here, a really sharp craft knife or rotary cutter and a very accurate ruler are essential.

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Mix up 2 parts PVA to 1 part water and spread it on to the section you’ll be covering, don’t do it past that one page or it’ll dry too quickly. Press your sheet onto the glue, starting at one end and pressing as you go to eliminate air bubbles. I also wrapped it around the top of the first drawer and the sides, I forgot to take a photo, but when it comes to the corner of the top drawer the best way to do it is to just pinch the paper as it gets to the corner so you have a triangle of excess coming straight off the edge. Just trim it off once you’ve finished completely.

PICT8156PICT8157Make sure you’ve completely pressed any air bubbles and excess glue out, starting from the centre and working out. A rolling pin or ice cream stick works great, I use a chopstick.

Glue up the next section and join the next piece very carefully, butting up the edge as close as possible, putting extra glue on the top of the join and trying to make it as smooth as possible. Do this again as many times as you need until you wrap around the end. Leave any excess hanging and trim it off once you finish.

PICT8158Paint a coat of glue/water mix onto your finished decoupage, I do it before waiting for the glue underneath to dry and don’t find any problems, but you’ll find a million different opinions on whether this is the right or wrong thing to do. Make long broad strokes right across the drawer so you avoid any weird patterns remaining on the dried finish and try to keep your fingerprints out of it.

PICT8160Move onto your next drawer measuring and cutting the distance including the piece you chopped off previously. Glue in the same way being very careful to match up each piece – if you look on my finished bottom drawer you can see where I screwed up with this and ended up with a white gap and some slight mismatching on the picture, this will annoy me for ever more, don’t do it!

PICT8162Keep on putting on coat after coat of glue, I currently have about six layers on mine and I’ll probably add another six or so over the course of today, just going to them every half an hour and reapplying. The glue will cause the paper to buckle and ripple, so long as you were careful getting out air bubbles and excess glue when you were first putting it on then they weren’t be permanent. This picture shows the draws in various states of drying, the top one is dry and has no bubbles, less dry as you move downwards and eventually plenty of ripples on the final one. They won’t be there forever, I promise!

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Taadaa, trim down the excess from the sides, re-attach your handles (or buy funky new ones – I’m planning on picking up these ones) and you have a finished piece. I wish I could show this off in a more finished state (and dry!) but it still has far more work to do on it – I’m taking a saw to it tomorrow to make some adjustments, and then I’ll probably be painting the outside so it doesn’t look quite so beaten up. I should hopefully have it completed within the next week and can then show it in its full glory, and hopefully inside our bedroom as opposed to our jungle of a back yard!

If you followed the tutorial let me know in the comments so I can see some pictures, I’d love to see what other people are doing with their furniture, or just tag them on flickr with “Not Nigella” and I’ll see them!

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Responses

  1. You are so clever my dear!

  2. Nice work! I like it.

  3. That’s really cool!

  4. Thank you Dan! I’m so glad you like it 😀 I’ll update with the finished piece when it’s finally done!

  5. OMG! So awesome!!

  6. PS: Did you use any special paper?

  7. Sharnee – Nope, just regular old printer paper, whatever they have at my husband’s work 😉

  8. Looking forward to it. Was the resolution of the image alright when blown up so much? (we were assuming you usedthe image from our flickr?)

  9. That is awesome, Fern! Good Job!

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