I have a laminate nightstand from the 1980s. 'Nuff said?
I'd like to cover it with pages torn from Asian language publications. I have books and magazines.
I started it this morning using the magazine pages, but they bubbled and wrinkled, so I scraped it all off.
(Actually, some of the ink stayed behind, really nice effect, but spotty.)
I'm thinking the problems are that mag pages are glossy, thin, and large.
Would using smaller, thicker, rough-surface book pages work better?
How big should the pieces be? The books are smallish, 4" x 6"; should I tear them in half or quarters?
Bonus question: the drawer front is carved with a neat art deco design, with a coordinating pull. I'd like to keep these, so can't decoupage the drawer front. Any suggestions? Incidentally, the lower half of the cabinet is an open area, which I'll paint turquoise instead of decoupage. I don't want the drawer front turquoise or another color, so maybe just paint it to match the pages?
Update: I've painted the interior and washed the drawer front with turquoise (that problem solved). Sloppy edges will be covered with decoupage.
thanks for any advice, theories, commiseration, or observations