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Old chest from my childhood, made new with contact paper
Think of yourself as a old world craftsmen with lots of patience...now grab some wood grain contact paper and get your wood on!

Posted by Gypsyrose l. from Austin, Texas, United States • Published See Gypsyrose l.'s 2 projects »
  • How to make a trunk chest. "Wood Grain" Chest - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find yourself a shamefully cute chest from your childhood.

  • How to make a trunk chest. "Wood Grain" Chest - Step 2
    Step 2

    Go down to your local boxed home supply store and purchase yourself some wood grain contact paper.

  • How to make a trunk chest. "Wood Grain" Chest - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut a large enough piece to cover a side of the chest and over the metal. Press down hard, I also used a putty spreader to get bubbles and creases out. Then you take a box cutter and cut in between the metal and the surface you want covered. Pull the cut pieces off.
    Make sure the grain of the wood is going in the same direction...if you're anal like me.

  • How to make a trunk chest. "Wood Grain" Chest - Step 4
    Step 4

    Make your way around all the sides and top. A couple things I found useful was if I cut wrong, I could cut a small piece of contact paper following the grain and place it next to the metal, and for the most part you couldn't tell that I made a mistake. Also it was easier to put the contact paper on top of the old paper covering. When I had tried to take the paper off, which was chip wood pressed together,i wasn't able to stick the contact paper that well. You probably could use mod podge if the contact paper isn't sticking.

  • How to make a trunk chest. "Wood Grain" Chest - Step 5
    Step 5

    and here is your fancy wood grained chest, if you're lucky like me it will match your fancy fake wood grain floor!

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Gypsyrose l.
Gypsyrose l. · Austin, Texas, US · 2 projects
thanks i really appreciate all the comments.
Ariel Greenwood
Ariel Greenwood · Lake Elsinore, California, US · 108 projects
omg I love Wood Grain
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 378 projects
Nice upcycle. When I first saw it I thought it was made out of wood panelling.
Maisiee (:
Maisiee (: · Lincoln, England, GB · 12 projects
I love what you've done but i liked the orginal design more, its so cute xD

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