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I'm Sara. I'm on a quest for thrifty and creative home-making and hope I can inspire you join me.

A Paper Parade

A Paper Parade

I want to introduce you to a very talented lady, Hayley. Oh and she just so happens to be a very good friend of mine; one of those school friends you know too much dirt about each other to ever be able to part ways πŸ˜‚. Not that I ever want to. She's the only one of my friends who is happy to talk about the latest series of Great British Interior Design Challenge or bargain eBay furniture finds with me. I know, we sound like a riot on a night out, right?!

Not only is Hayley an Architect, she also runs her Etsy shop GeoAttic where she hand-makes and sells gorgeous Himmeli style decorations and homewares. As if that wasn't enough, she has a propensity for papering furniture and generally anything in her house that doesn't move (and everything you see photographed on this page!).

I've long been a fan of furniture combined with pattern, inspired by the talented designers who have led the way for a brighter and more colourful way for upcycling (or luxecycling πŸ‘‘ ) such as my favourites Zoe Murphy and Muck N Brass. Hayley has her own mid-century modern style and her house and paper choices reflect that. I mean just check out these pictures!

Papered rocking horse

Papered rocking horse

Papered shelf backs

Papered shelf backs

Fancy a go? Well, papering furniture, shelves and even rocking horses, isn't just for experts or serious crafters. As with everything, it's always wise to have a bit of a practice before you start slapping glue over your Grandma's old beloved oak bedding box. The Ikea Moppe desktop drawers are a great small starting project if you fancy a go. I'll share my makeover attempt of these shortly (that makes it sound like it went wrong, but it just means I haven't done them yet πŸ˜†). 

In the mean-time here are some other handy tips from Hayley; 

- Decopatch glue works well (some other paper-craft glues don't dry waterproof).

- Put a good layer of glue (but not too thick) on the furniture surface where you are sticking the paper and also a layer on the back of your chosen and already cut to size paper.

 - When the paper is in position on the surface, put another layer of glue on top and smooth everything down to remove bubbles. Wide foam brushes are your friend for this job.

- Once the item is dry, you can either apply another layer of glue or two to three layers of clear varnish if you need it to be really hard-wearing. 

 - Don't use papers that are too thin, they will tear when wet. Wallpaper samples, wallpaper rolls, good quality wrapping papers are all great. 

As always, I'd love to see if you've tackled any paper or decoupage projects in your home. Follow me on social media (links below) and tag your picture #mymakeproject and i'll share some project-love each week. Thanks for reading!

Ikea side table - papered top and dipped legs

Ikea side table - papered top and dipped legs

Ikea drawers papered and oak handles from eBay

Ikea drawers papered and oak handles from eBay

You probably get the gist now but papered side table...

You probably get the gist now but papered side table...

...and Ikea lack shelves

...and Ikea lack shelves

Crafting Happy

Crafting Happy

Cut It Out

Cut It Out