I moved into a little farm house years ago that had sunshine yellow cabinets and navy blue celestial wallpaper on the upper
portion of the walls. It was HIDEOUS but that never discouraged
me against using wallpaper myself. 

When I'm out picking I find wallpaper in every thrift store I visit and our Home Depot sends old stock and damaged rolls to the local RESTORE. Wallpaper is a perfect helper to revive vintage furniture and on this project I used 2 different ones, in 2 different ways. First I used a vintage blue floral wallpaper to line drawer bottoms.

The second kind of wallpaper I used was some bead board wallpaper to cover the damaged backer board. The backer was a pretty solid piece of wood but it had small holes and cracks.The bead board paper is thick and can conceals imperfections on a surface. I found mine at a thrift store, it was a partial roll, but Home Depot should carry it and I'm told Lowes has it too.

I removed the whole backer board and applied the wallpaper in three vertical strips. I seamed the three strips behind the two uprights so you will never see an edge. Most wallpaper comes pre-pasted so I cut it to fit where I am applying it and then run the back side under the tap (warm water) to activate the glue. 

BEFORE                        AFTER

Keep your eye out for wallpaper you can use.


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