As my daughter matured into her High School years, her bedroom was in desperate need of an update. She loves birds and had received 4 zebra finches for her Birthday so when I came across these adorable little birds, I knew what we would do with her room.
Choosing the fabric for the windows was an accident. I was at Target and found some shower curtains on clearance that were beautiful…and priced at %60 off! So for $20 I bought two of them. I used one for her drapes and the other to make decorative bed pillow and a cover for an old red Ikea folding chair that we’ve had for several years.
Now it was time to choose paint. This wasn’t the easiest task! We bought several samples from Lowe’s and got to work. After the patchwork of colors had been on her walls for a couple of weeks we finally picked our three favorites. The next step was to get to work on her furniture.
I made her headboard out of old tri-fold slatted closet doors. I painted her existing furniture to match the main wall colors but chose a more vibrant yellow to add brightness to the soft tones of the fabric and walls. Next step was to add interest to the ugly nightstand. With a bit of paint, mod podge, and some pretty scrapbook paper we had a custom designer night stand.
Because she is a teen, her doesn’t always stay so tidy and perfect as shown here, but even when it’s messy this room is relaxing.
Night Stand DIY Instructions:
What you will need:
1 or two old night stands
Mod Podge or other decoupage glue (I have used several brands…Mod Podge is the best)
Scrap Book paper or fabric
Spray paint if the drawer color doesn’t work with the lighter fabric or paper
1. For both night stands, I painted the drawers a color that would work well with my material.
2. For scrapbook paper, you may have to find the point where the print matches up exactly, draw a line, and trim. The ruler works great for this.
3. Cover the drawer front with mod podge.
4. Line up your material along the top edge of the drawer, leaving about 1/2 and inch over the lip of the drawer. apply Mod Podge the the inside edge of the drawer and smooth fabric over.
5. Work your way down and to the edges of the drawer, applying Mod Podge as needed and smoothing out the wrinkles with a ruler or other flat tool.
6. Apply Mod Podge to the inside edges and smooth fabric over. You may need to trim excess fabric or cut a diagonal line at the corner for optimal folding.
7. Brush mod podge over entire surface, use damp cloth to remove drips and excess glue.
SCRAP BOOK PAPER:
Follow Steps 1-3 as listed above.
4. begin at the center of the drawer with first piece of paper.
Both Fabric and Craft Paper
8. Allow to dry for 48 hours.
9. Spray acrylic over drawer. This will ensure longer lasting life of the paper or fabric and protect it from moisture.
DIY Instructions for fabric covered folding chair can be found here: http://livelifecreatedreams.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/a-pretty-perch/