Papered Furniture

There was lots of fun painting for me this week. A few weeks back I did a huge order with Spoonflower with loads of great projects in mind. I love to use paper to accent my furniture by lining the drawers but sometimes the paper is too fun to hide inside. It’s a fine line for me when I do this, I always want to make sure that it makes sense for that piece and that the paper I chose is not too busy. I want it to go with the design rather than be distracting. I could have spent at lot more time and money …paper is such a huge weakness for me!

If you follow me on Instagram (username: ferpieandfray) Then you saw some of the great prints I ordered!


Here is a dresser I finished using the cross paper…







With this guy I wanted to do something fun with the inlay squares on the drawer fronts, this pattern by Pencilmein on Spoonflower is perfect! I love the simplicity of her modern design. The milk paint from Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company adds to the character with the chippy goodness. I love milk paint, it’s so fun to work with, and black is easy! It paints so smoothly with great coverage. I got a lot of emails after this piece asking my process so I thought I would break it down here for anyone that is curious.

With a piece like this where the squares are inside I measured the retangle within the drawer and measured the amount of space between my cuts and the pattern, so the design was centered with retangle where I placed my paper. I then brushed a very thin coat of Mod Podge on the drawer making sure not add to much and smooth as much as possible. A foam roller works best. Then I placed the paper from one side of theΒ drawer pressing hard and smoothing as I went. Your goal is to avoid air bubbles under the paper. I used a credit card to smooth out any that snuck through. This part is very important. If you do not get them out the bubbles will harden and stay that way. Eek! I then brushed another thin layer of Mod Podge over the paper. One trick is to wait until that layer is almost dry and smooth out any imperfections with the tip of your finger. I wait until it’s completely dry and then do 2-3 coats of Country Chic Tough Coat. Here’s another piece I did yesterday…







It’s such a fun way to add character and play with furniture a little bit. I’m off to paint a black empire today…I love empires.



18 thoughts on “Papered Furniture

  1. I have a stupid question…is it paper or wallpaper that you used? Would you use the same type if lining the drawers? Thanks!

  2. Hi,
    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I absolutely love the pieces you have created! You have a unique style and it is so refreshing! Plus you stage them so beautifully I want to buy every one I see.πŸ˜€
    I am also a furniture artist and have just begun to sell my pieces. I have a question for you and I hope you’re willing to share. I live in San Diego and finding good pieces to paint is difficult. You mentioned in a few of your posts that you were going to be receiving 18-20 pieces of furniture. How are you acquiring so many pieces at one time? I’m lucky if I can find one a week. I would appreciate any guidance you’re willing to share.
    Thanks so much,

    • Hi Lisa! Thanks so much! That was a fluke, usually finding furniture is the hard part. Especially in a DIY world! Antique stores are always great because you can usually get more than one piece, and it’s great if you can make it to estate sales or get a seller that has the need to sell more than one piece too. Honestly I pay too much for furniture most of the time. I would rather have great pieces that inspire me than get every deal I find. I have learned to say no and walk away from a great price if I don’t love the piece. I don’t know if that’s helpful? Good luck!

  3. I’ve been following your blog and Instagram for awhile now. I absolutely love your designs. I am a relatively new furniture painter and sell my pieces at a local upcycled furniture shop here in Richmond, VA. (I told my husband he has to take me on a trip to Washington to go to The Modern Cottage!!) I was wondering if you would share more about a tip you mentioned in this post. I have never heard of putting shellac on a piece to prevent bleed through. Do you sand and then shellac? Then primer on top? It’s a genius idea. Wish I had known if before I just hand brushes an antique spindle bed that keep bleeding. Took 8 coats and a lot of swearing!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • Hi! Thank you so much!! I’m so sorry for the delay in my response.. this comment must have slipped by me. Using a spray Shellac is a great way to help your paint adhere, I use it in place of a primer. Not only does it do a great job in blocking bleed through and helping your milk paint be more controlled on shiny surfaces… it is also a breeze to use and dries within minutes. I usually still do a light sand by hand and then 1-2 coats of the Zinsser spray shellac and then apply my paint and top coat as usual. I hope this helps. Feel free to let me know if I can help! Hope you make it to the store soon! πŸ™‚

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  5. Beautiful work! Do you mod podge when you line the insides of the drawers or just when using paper in the exterior? Is it ok to just lay the paper in the drawer or is there another way to adhear it without having to mod podge?

    • Hello! If I am using paper on the exterior I use Mod Podge and seal with a poly to protect. I used to line drawers the same… It is better to do it think way most times. But using a spray adhesive works great too. πŸ™‚

  6. Hello! Thank you fir great tips on using paper on the outside for the furniture! After you are done, do you put a core of poly thane or any othe clear sealant to protect and look shiny? I want a lacqure wood look at the end.

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