How to decoupage furniture with wallpaper

Give tired furniture a whole new look by decoupaging it with leftover wallpaper

A decoupaged chest of drawers

Give tired furniture a facelift with that personal touch by using wallpaper samples or leftover pieces to adorn the front of drawers, cupboards, sideboards – the world is your oyster. Choose samples from the same colour palette to ensure the finished piece will look stylish and cohesive – the perfect statement in your bedroom, hallway, living room or kitchen!

For this example we are decoupaging a chest of drawers but the method is the same for decoupaging any wooden furniture

What you will need for decoupaging furniture:

  • Piece of furniture
  • Screwdriver
    Sandpaper (optional)
  • Wallpaper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Brush
  • Foam roller
  • Varnish

How to decoupage furniture with wallpaper


Total time:

Step 1

 Use a screwdriver to remove any handles from the front of your furnitures and keep them to one side if they are being refitted. Give the drawer front a wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris, then smooth over any lumps and bumps with sandpaper and then wipe clean.


Step 2

 With the wallpaper face-down, place the drawer, face-down, on top. Draw around the front and cut out the wallpaper to fit the front of the drawer.


Step 3

Apply the adhesive to the front of the drawer with a brush, then carefully apply the piece of wallpaper. Use the small foam roller to gently fix the wallpaper into place, smoothing out the paper and the adhesive as you go. Wipe away any excess adhesive that comes out around the edges. Leave to one side to dry.


Step 4

To give your drawer fronts a protective layer, apply varnish over the top of the wallpaper and leave to dry. Fix the handles back on once the drawers are completely dry


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