I have mentioned before that my mom always hated the Otomi decal on my Ikea Besta TV unit but that’s not why I decided to change it. It’s probably why I hadn’t changed it yet in 4 years…haha. Truth is that I was itching to change that piece since we cut the cable and didn’t need the glass windows for the cable boxes anymore. I have always been in love with the look of grasscloth wallpaper and knew I wanted to head into that direction next by using a faux version like peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper.
I love decorating with Ikea furniture and accessories and even wrote a blog post about my 10 favorite Ikea decorating tips where you can see how many items I actually have in my home without anyone even noticing. I have many items even still stored away somewhere.
I had two extra plain white doors leftover and stored in the basement and had an epiphany one day with an idea of what I wanted to do.
dresser makeover with faux peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper
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I ordered 3 different papers I saw on Amazon, so I could decide at home which look felt the best with the rest of our house. You can find the one on the left HERE, center HERE and right paper HERE.
I really disliked the paper on the right in person. I’m not even sure what it is supposed to look like. The left one is very pretty but I could recognize a repeat pattern when standing far away. The most realistic and perfect blue for us is definitely the paper in the middle.
Here is an inspiration dresser I liked but I still wanted to put my own spin on it. Someone on Instagram had mentioned that there could be a possibility that my cats would love the texture of expensive real grasscloth and end up using it as a cat tree. I had to agree and was set to find a faux peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper.
I love the mitered look of the cabinet doors which is what I wanted to end up doing since the paper I chose wasn’t wide enough for the Besta doors to begin with. I decided to not have the miter in the middle though due to the huge brass hardware I chose.
Materials needed for makeover
- plain Ikea Besta unit or any other dresser
- brass legs (HERE) which don’t come with screws so you have to buy #10 x 1″ wood screws (HERE)
- hardware (I’ve always wanted to use Chinese brass hardware so I chose this one HERE)
- one roll of faux peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper (HERE)
- large ruler
- craft knife (HERE)
- screw cutter (HERE)
Project details and instructions
I have a video to show you the entire process which you can either watch below or on my youTube channel. It is more of a short time-lapse that shows you how easy the peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper is to work with. It can be pulled up and readjusted over and over again which is not the case with contact paper.
Of course, my kitties keep walking in and out of the video and Walter actually came into view puking up a big hairball but I edited that part out haha.
(When watching the video, please use the pause button to have more time for reading certain sections and the mute button if you don’t like the music)
Music “Bossa Antigua” by Kevin MacLeod
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Cutting details for peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper
I tried to have the least amount of waste and made sure that I cut pieces accordingly.
The doors middle pieces used the height of the roll and I cut both of them 22.5″ long.
As shown in the video, you can get perfect mitered corners by letting the strips overlap…
and then cutting through both of them from corner to corner with the craft knife.
All you need to do is peel off the waste to reveal perfect mitered corners.
I’m not sure why the paper looks so different in my cellphone photos compared to my camera photos. It looks like two different colors. So I’m sorry about that.
Below I’m showing how I finished the other side of the cabinet doors
How to wrap a cabinet door in peel and stick grasscloth wallpaper
- view of the other side of the door
- lift and wrap one side of the paper
- attach it all the way around the corner
- and smooth it out on the door
- cut from corner up
- smooth down for next cut
- then cut the other side
- which leaves a triangle folded over
- smooth out corner by folding it over
- fold over other side
- cut the corner
- fold over to the backside
- smooth everything out
- cut hinge holes
- and done
The rest of the dresser gets literally wrapped like a present and access cut off with the craft knife as shown in my video, so make sure you watch it.
The provided hardware screws are a bit too long, you can either take the hardware to your local hardware store and they will sell you shorter screws that fit or you can cut them as I did with a cutter. I love this tool for electrical work and cutting screws. All you have to do is stick the screw in the right sized hole and then closing the grip handles.
Photos of the finished dresser
I’m in love. That hardware is the absolute best. I chose not to use the locking pin to make it easier to use.
mirror HERE | accent chairs HERE | blue chair pillows HERE | pampas grass HERE | area rug HERE | brass planter from Goodwill | curtain tutorial HERE or you can buy the fabric HERE | pouf is old from Target, similar one HERE | black and white throw HERE | pom-pom throw is actually a scarf and not available anymore, find similar one HERE | blue throw HERE | similar black and white pillows HERE | shibori lumbar pillows HERE, HERE and HERE | Chinese calligraphy brushes HERE, HERE and HERE | similar coffee table HERE | very similar end tables HERE | lamps HERE and lampshades HERE | drum under side tables HERE | salt lamp HERE and my post about how to decorate with salt lamps |sconess on the wall is from thriftshop in Germany | disco ball HERE | cuckoo clock is a Craiglist find that I painted | blue African basket from Homegoods | macrame wall hanging HERE | fur from Ikea
I can’t let go of my summer findings yet because I love my Jersey Shore black and grey seashell collection. The other bowl is filled with a variety of different land and sea snail shells.
Find my stacked ombre tassel tutorial HERE.
Those two knuckleheads had cornered a bug under the basket. Crazy what they shlep inside from their catio.
UPDATE: People always ask me how the paper has held up? Below you can see a photo of the TV console 2.5 years later and the fact that it has held up great. I took this photo recently for a new blog post about how to install a carpet runner on stairs. I love all the different textures and overall look.
I used the same wallpaper to give our old Ikea Mongstad mirror a makeover as well which is at the top of those stairs you see above.
See more of my furniture makeovers:
Do you like this makeover as much as I do? I think it looks like a high-end piece that you see at very expensive stores and it’s only a fraction of the cost.
Have a great week.