White patterned double drop leaf tea stand

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Recycled items

  • Old tea stand

  • Leftover wallpaper

Also needed

  • Wall paper glue

  • Ruler/measuring tape/pencil

  • Paper scissors

  • Acrylic paint (gold color)

  • Old newspapers

  • Damp cloth

  • Roller

  • Water based varnish


  1. The tea stand was in a good condition and only needed a good sanding to remove the varnish. When sanding varnish from wood, use a fine grade of sandpaper to prevent the wood from being scratched. Wipe it with a damp cloth to clean off any sanding dust.
  2. Place the tea stand on old newspapers and paint the legs and the trays with gold paint. I used an acrylic paint and a small foam roller for a smooth finish. Apply two to three coats. Between each coat, leave the paint to dry, gently sand it with a fine sandpaper and wipe away any dust with a damp cloth before applying the next layer. 
  3. Measure the inside base of the two wooden trays and cut the wall paper as per those measurements.
  4. Measure half of the circumference and the full range of the drop leaf and cut two pieces of wall paper as per those measurements.   
  5. Use a sponge brush and spread a layer of wallpaper glue on the wrong side of the wallpaper. Place the wallpaper presentation side-up in the tray and on the drop leave, push it firmly against the wood with your hands. Wipe away any excess glue with a damp cloth. Repeat the process  on each tray and drop leaf.
  6. Allow to dry and varnish with a water based varnish.

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