HOW TO DECORATE FURNITURE WITH PHOTOS
We all know how to display photos in frames, collages and albums but have you ever thought of affixing them to furniture?
Before you begin it is imperative that you make copies of any photos you intend to you use in case of mishap or if you wish to retain the photo for future generations.
Here are some original ideas for you to try.
The dictionary definition of 'decoupage' is - 'the decoration of a surface with applied paper cut-outs, often finished with varnish or lacquer'. It is usually made from pictures cut from magazines etc., but it is also possible to use photographs but, if you use photos developed on photographic paper they are more difficult to stick down.
It is possible to make copies of your chosen photographs and, as this will be on much thinner paper, they will be easier to stick down. If an ink jet printer is used you may find that the ink runs during the gluing process.
Using favourite photographs in this way is not only an ideal way to display them but it can also enhance and enliven an otherwise drab or uninteresting piece of furniture.
For example, you can decoupage the surfaces of a storage chest or coffee table with photos of your travels around the world or add photos of flowers and foliage to a garden/patio table.
Enhance and update a coffee table with favourite photos beneath the glass surface. Again, do not use original photographs as they are likely to get stuck to the underside of the plastic.
For safety's sake get a piece of clear acrylic (e.g. Plexiglass) cut slightly smaller than the size of your table top. This is usually available from good DIY or home improvement stores as well as online suppliers.
It is now just a case of choosing which photos you want to display and arranging them on top of the table. When the desired effect is reached carefully place the plastic on top.
Use small, identical photo frames to make a decorate edging along the top of a headboard, around mirrors, on doors, around windows or on wardrobe and cupboard doors and sides etc.
Frames can be painted to co-ordinate with your decor and then filled with your chosen photographs which can be glued onto the surface with a hot glue gun.
This is just a small selection of ways to display cherished photos and to freshen furnishings cheaply and easily. Hopefully it will trigger your imagination and encourage you to make up your own ways to use all those wonderful images.
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