With a little creativity, you can transform something average into something amazing! Or if you are ready for your home to have a new look but don’t want to replace your furniture, a good option is to take what you already have and turn it into something new. There are so many ways to incorporate paper into furniture remodels, and we wanted to share some ideas and a project we did so you can get in on it too.
1. Accent Paper on the back of shelves
A little pop of color and design goes a long way! Instead of having plain shelves, you can line the back and sides with your favorite paper to give it a special touch. If you don’t have a lot of colors in your room, using a different colored paper will really make the space stand out. Or, if already have a lot of different designs and you are worried about it looking too busy, try adding solid paper instead of designed, or pick a color that matches your room. If you are renting a place out then this could also be a great temporary option to make your home yours, and you don’t have to worry about ruining the walls. Try lining a medicine cabinet, clothing drawers, or even kitchen shelves!
2. Cardboard Furniture
You can be fashionable and environmentally friendly at the same time by reusing cardboard tubes to make unique furniture. You could do this with anything from chairs and tables to headboards! First, measure the space you want it to take up, sketch your design and cut it out of a piece of cardboard! There are plenty of online tutorial to help you out. All you really need is a pen, a knife, and a lot of cardboard!
…and check out even more unique furniture pieces here!
3. Transform an old commercial spool into a Circular End Table in 7 Easy Steps
One of the great joys of remodeling furniture is when you can take something that looks like junk and transform it into a truly beautiful work of art. Here at Paper Pleasers, Ellen Albertson found an old spool at a resale store and saw it had potential.
Step 1: Disassemble to see what you’ve got!
Ellen brought it home and after disassembling it to see what she was working with, she noticed that the center column was an extra thick cardboard- Bingo! She could easily wrap that in any type of paper.
Step 2: Choose your favorite paper
She chose a kraft paper with a damask design to keep the rustic/industrial look, while also keeping it classy. She then added three black ribbons for a pretty finishing touch.
Step 3: Sand it down
The wooden discs making the top and bottom of the spool had nice industrial flair with the scattered printed designs and distressed wood, but they still needed to be sanded down a little to remove any splinters and rough edges.
Step 5: Varnish for a nice shine
Next, Ellen varnished the wooden discs to seal the wood and give it a nice shine.
Step 6: Make it easy for moving
Four wheel casters were drilled to the bottom to raise it slightly off the ground and make for easy moving.
Step 7: Reassemble
Lastly, the spool was reassembled and ta-da… a beautiful new end table!
Ellen found her inspiration (the spool) at Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, but any resale store is a treasure for the creative mind. The spool was just $3, the casters were $6 from Menards, the roll of wrapping paper was $4 from Hobby Lobby and the adhesive and polyurethane is something she always has on hand. Keep your eyes open and you’ll start seeing potential everywhere in objects that you’ve never noticed before!