Before you begin wallpapering your furniture, you’ll need a few tools:

  • A pencil
  • A tool for measuring
  • A cutter, razor blade, or scissors
  • Wallpaper glue –  slightly watered down PVA glue works when using on furniture.
  • A soft cloth

Step 1: 

Prep the surface

When it comes to the kinds of surfaces you can cover with wallpaper, the possibilities are limitless. However, it’s important to note that your surface must be flat, smooth and clean.

If you have a textured surface then sand it so it’s smooth. You must  thoroughly clean the surface before applying wallpaper in order to ensure a flawless finished product.

Step 2:

Measure and cut

Save yourself time by measuring out the surface area you plan to wallpaper. Keep in mind the way you want your furniture to look when it’s done. 

For example, if you are covering the front of a drawer, measure enough paper to wrap around the edges. Your measurements don’t have to be exact because the edges of the paper won’t be visible. On the other hand, if you are covering an edged surface, such as a panel of a bookshelf, you’ll want to be very precise.

If you’re nervous about cutting the wrong dimensions , it’s better to cut pieces that are too big. You can always trim off the excess later.

Step 3:

Apply wallpaper and smooth out bubbles.

Once you’ve cut out your wallpaper pieces, all that’s really left to do is apply your wallpaper.

Apply  the wallpaper glue ( you can use slightly watered down pva glue) directly to the surface then work slowly to apply the wallpaper to your furniture, make sure to avoid air bubbles as much as possible.

Once the wallpaper has been applied, use a soft cloth to work out any air bubbles until it’s perfectly smooth. Alternatively, you could use a wallpaper brush to push bubbles out.

Step 4:


If certain edges are hanging off or look uneven, this is a good time to trim off excess with a razor blade or utility blade. Once the edges are looking clean and crisp you have successfully completed the application of the paintable wallpaper.

Step 5:


Before you paint ,the wallpaper must be thoroughly dry, giving it 12 hours from when it was applied should be sufficient dry time.

Do not overload your bush with paint. You are better to do a few light coats than one heavy coat of paint.

Give plenty of dry time between coats.

If you want to change the colour later you can paint straight on top of the existing paint.