DIY wallpapered serving cart

White cart with orange and white wallpapered shelves, photo

I bought this trolley for a steal on Craigslist. You may have seen it before with my salvaged window-frame mirror. You can’t tell in the photo, but it’s banged up and rickety from years of use. My friend Peter added some reinforcement to make the cart sturdy, then I filled in the nicks with wood filler and oiled the squeaky wheels with WD-40. Finally, I made cosmetic changes — using paint and wallpaper left over from Sunset’s Menlo Park Idea House. Thanks, Sarah!

Serving cart, before photo

How to decoupage wallpaper onto furniture

  • latex primer

  • latex paint (I used Benjamin Moore Aura in Steam [AF-15])

  • craft glue (I used Mod Podge in matte)

  • wallpaper

  • painter’s tape

  • clear lacquer (optional)

  • paintbrush

  • foam brush

  • drop cloth

  • scissors

  • ruler & pencil

  • craft knife

  • brayer or small paint roller (optional)

Step 1, prime the frame, photo

1. First, I taped off the wheels with painter’s tape, then painted one coat of primer on the frame only. Then let it dry.

Step 2, paint the frame, photo

2. I applied two coats of paint (also to the frame only), letting it dry several hours in between coats.

Step 3, cut the wallpaper, photo

3. I measured, marked, and cut the wallpaper to fit each of the three shelves.

Step 4, glue down the wallpaper, photo

4. Using a foam brush, I painted glue in sections on the cart surface.

Step 5, smooth down the wallpaper, photo

5. Then I smoothed the wallpaper down with a brayer. I didn’t have a brayer, so I used a dry paint roller, which worked. I kept adding glue and smoothing as I went. I trimmed any excess paper with a craft knife. And I let it dry for about an hour.

Step 6, apply top coat, photo

6. I added a top coat of glue to protect the surface of the wallpaper and make it easier to clean. It caused slight bubbling of the wallpaper, but it significantly lessened as the glue dried. As an alternative top coat, you could spray the wallpaper with clear lacquer.

Finished wallpapered cart, photo

7. I let the top coat dry overnight before using the cart.

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