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« on: January 11, 2015 01:49:34 PM »

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
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015 11:06:24 AM »

I'm making progress; turns out it wrinkles, then flattens back out--mostly.  I used the smaller, heavier book pages this time, and covered the whole thing, including the back, which is going to show.

new problem:  the pages are lighter than the exposed part of the drawer front, so the drawer looks dingy.  I'm thinking of mixing a bit of paint with the next coat of glue, to darken the papers to match the exposed "wood."  Alternatively, I could whitewash the drawer front to lighten it, but I think the darker color would look better in my house.

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2015 11:15:20 AM »

ooooh, it's DONE!

the color problem was solved by https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426373.0
She used coffee to tint her glue, but I used a tiny bit of black and brown craft paint.  Took down the bright white just the right amount!

Also put a clear plastic top on it; I cut a thin, flexible sheet of acrylic (like a giant placemat) and used clear silicone glue to tack it to the top.  No worries about wet stuff destroying the paper!

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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2015 11:29:06 AM »

Turned out well, and I'm so glad you kept that great carved design (and drawer pull) intact!
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015 10:40:27 AM »

Thanks for your kind words!  It was a little lonely here.
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2015 02:04:32 PM »

Love what you did with your drawer! Turned out beautiful, great job!
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Very nice as i do this with some furniture pieces.
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