I have had a Georgian cupboard for years, that I bought because it was quite scruffy and showed where at some point it had had a decorative paint effect applied. It looks like someone has applied a woodgrain oak effect on top of the original mahogany. But it is now a bit chipped and worn and needs an overhaul. As I think the paint effect is at least Victorian, I can never restore it to immaculate mahogany.
I have seen lots of pictures online with cupboards and shelves having wallpaper set into the back panels but not many when wallpaper is used to the outside of the pieces:
I want to make my cupboard into something more exciting and came across this great piece by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. I love the fact it is totally wrapped, and it starts to look like something like marquetry or hand painting that you might see in a very grand old house.
I am going to go for it with the cupboard and aim for quite a dramatic finish with a very dark/black base all over, but not by wrapping it totally in wallpaper as I want quite a large design and I think it will be too overwhelming. I will start with papering the inset front and side panels and adding some brushstrokes of paint to those areas, and will then paint the rest of the wood to match the background of the wallpaper. Then with a glaze I think I can match the texture of all areas so it ends up looking like a hand painted piece, and slightly oriental if I use a shiny glaze.
The shortlisted contenders for the paper are below – I LOVE the House of Hackney paper as it is crazy close up with animals holding odd items but it is really expensive for a roll, and I also think the Snow Tree is a contender as the brushstrokes in the background can be replicated all over the other areas of the cupboard. Samples are on their way so I can see the paper with the naked eye as that will also affect the choice.
More to follow on the cupboard saga, and any suggestions also most welcome….