How about a $3 pink thrift shop nightstand that your neighbor brings to your front porch and sweetly asks if you could makeover for her in damask? #ChallengeAccepted!
A damask nightstand makeover is tough to do when you aren’t Picasso, don’t own a Cricut and can’t find a stencil to save your life.
Do you have me figured out already? No? Are you shouting “So then Jillian, what did you use?!?!?!” Well, let me tell you! Drum roll please!
Wrapping paper!!!!!!!! Yup, heavy duty wrapping paper.
So with all my newly gained knowledge, off I went to figure this thang out. I started with the back board because it would be the easiest to hide if I really screwed up. I could just flip it over and start again 🙂
I cut the paper to fit, layered a coat of Mod Podge on the board and applied the paper.
It stuck, yay! It had a few wrinkles but nothing too bad and for the placement, it wasn’t the end of the world. But then, it was. I attempted to use polycrylic over the top to protect it and all the color ran. BOOOOO!!
Tip: If you are using poly on something white or light colored, use polycrylic not polyurethane because, as my girls told me, polyurethane will yellow.
So I ripped if off with a quickness and flipped it over to start again. I got less wrinkles this time around but I still had the issue of how to coat the top so it wouldn’t get ruined without smudging the pattern in the process.
I found this can of clear acrylic laying around in my stash and I figured since it was a spray, it wouldn’t streak the color….I was right!
After two coats of spray, I tried the polycrylic and it didn’t run. Success!
I sprayed the entire nightstand glossy black before moving onto covering the top and the inside of the drawer.
I think details like the inside of the drawer, make these types of makeovers a little more special.
A layer of Mod Podge, 2 layers of acrylic spray and three coats of polycrylic, and this baby was ready to go to her rightful owner.