Updating an IKEA Dresser Using Flamingo Fever Wallpaper
I had an old chest of drawers from Ikea.
It housed my other half's clothes - his drawer if you like - before we moved in together.
I never really liked them. They were oak effect and didn't really fit in my room or my daughter's room which is now where it's found f it's new home.
It stood out like a sore thumb in a room full of white furniture.
I promised her I'd do something fun with it...
Like most little girls my 8 year old she is obsessed with flamingos and unicorn.
Her love for flamingos dates back to when she was 3. We went to a zoo and refused to leave the flamingo enclosure. She wanted to sit and watch them all day.
Fast forward nearly 6 years and she is still just in love with them. I decided with such a long lasting love affair, flamingos would be a safe bet (if she decides she hates them after this, I might disown her)
I found a print I thought would work well. Luckily I found it on eBay for £8.99 with free delivery. To my suprise it arrived within 3 days.
I bought some paint and some finishing spray for extra protection.
This project took me a long time to do.
Mainly because I hate lining up wallpaper and the chest was in use with all my daughter's belongings.
Basically I dragged my feet.
I started off with sanding the fronts drawer fronts and sides.
Then washed them down so there would be no dirt or greece on them.
Laying out the wallpaper I drew around the drawers and cut out the shapes.
I put modge podge glue over one of the cut out sections of paper and smoothed it over the drawer.
Repeat till each is covered.
I used a kitchen utensil from pamper chef. (No idea what it was meant to be for but it's great on wallpaper) using a sponge works too.
Next you will need to line the paper up before cutting.
I found that sticking the paper to the drawer front first was easier to line up the pattern. Then once dry, turning over onto a flat surface and using a Stanley knife to cut around the drawer.
I then chose to paint the rest.
Due to the material the chest is coated in I used rough sanding paper and gently rubbed against the surface.
Because Frenchic paint is thick it covers this without showing and of the grooves.
I also painted around the edges of the drawers too.
I have a few coats of paint. Extra layers where I felt would get used/knocked the most.
Once dry I sprayed it all with a glitter finishing spray. This will ensure the paint doesn't chip. Plus she loves glitter.
This has a very fine glitter so it shimmers rather then sparkles. It's subtle therefore tasteful.