You remember that ugly wallpaper thing your mother used to put inside the cupboards? Well good news! It now comes in nice colors, even different colored wood finishes. It's a very sturdy, washable finish that's easy to work with, and costs under 5$ a roll.
I recently started using it to restore cheap furniture that has damaged finish, and to cover all sorts of stuff.
Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the finished furniture yet, so just to give you an idea of how it works, I covered a cookie box with leftover black woodgrain finish and made a pattern out of light wood finish. I really think it would have looked better with a lighter background color, like medium wood or a reddish wood.
Step 1: Materials
You will need...
One or more rolls of Beauty Cover paper, depending on the size of the object you plan to cover and the color of the pattern you plan on doing.
Scissors or an X-acto knife (I prefer to work with scissors, as X-actos tend to separate the two layers)
A stencil of the pattern you plan to do, unless you plan to draw freehand.
Something to cover !
Step 2: Covering With Background Color
I suggest you wash your surface first. Rubbing Alcool is very good to remove greasy spots, and it also dries very fast.
I'm not very good at measuring and cutting, so I just laid down the piece I wanted to cover and traced it on the paper. Don't forget to add and extra 5 centimeters all around to be able to wrap it around the sides.
I couldn't take pictures of how I stick the paper, because obviously I use both of my hands to do it ;)
Holding the extra piece of paper at a 45° angle with the surface and using your palm to stick evenly should prevent air bubbles and creases from appearing, but this can be tricky at times. You might have to take it off and start again of couple of times before you get it right, if it's your first time.
Step 3: Cutting Patterns
So now your main piece is covered.
Then you are ready to cut out the pattern. I traced mine on the back of the paper and cut it out with scissors, as simple as that!
I drew a couple of pieces free handed as well. This is where my book comes into play, I use it to flatten the pieces I've cut, to make it easier to stick them.
Step 4: Finishing Up
Just separate your pattern pieces from the second layer and stick them on your project.
That's it !
That wasn't really complicated and didn't require a step-by-step explanation, but I think it's a really great idea that can be used for a lot of things, for example...
Changing the frame on a cheap old mirror
Making gift boxes
Making covers for notebooks
Refurbishing melamine-laminate furniture
Making patterns on glass or on mirrors
.........................................tons of other stuff..........................................
Hope you had Fun !!!
Step 5: Concerning Coffee Table Project
I had a really damaged laminated black coffee table I saved with beauty cover with great results. I am not planning on making an instructable on it but I'd be happy to give out a few tips about similar projects.
I started by sanding down the top of the table, since water stains started lifting the finish. Once it was flat again, I washed the surface using rubbing alcohol. Then I had to cut the paper, since it was not large enough to cover the whole width of the table. I used a pattern similar to the one I included on this step, the arrows representing the direction of the woodgrain.
I am really surprised to see it looks great! It's easy to wash and did not come undone. (It's been 6 months.)