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Cool Idea: Lighten Up Dark Furniture Without Paint

Recently, I've been really impressed by More Ways to Waste Time's inspiring dining room re-vamp. There was one seemingly small change to an heirloom piece of furniture that really caught my attention. Since the oak sideboard in the living room is a family heirloom, she couldn't paint it, but she did want to make the sideboard feel less imposing.

How did she lighten the sideboard? First, she covered the back of the shelves with Orla Kiely's Blossom wallpaper (which she taped to the sideboard, to avoid damage). Then with a collection of light-colored ceramics and light prints, she nicely updates and modernizes this antique piece.


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Lora15273149 Lora15273149 3 years
Help! I love this wallpaper and just put it up in laundry room! But need about 10 more feet!! Any chance you some left and would like to sell your scraps??
KarateKait KarateKait 7 years
I am interested in the exact opposite, that is how to darken up light real wooden furniture without paint & having to lather on that messy stain everywhere. Any one got a good idea?
luckystar730 luckystar730 8 years
The wallpaper is very nice. Great idea.
Asche Asche 8 years
This is weird...I just thought of doing this to a piece last night!!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
that wallpaper is lovely
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