A pretty bird-pattern wallpaper creates the look of an artist-painted chest without all the muss and fuss. The trick is to plan the patterns for the best effect—use a repositionable adhesive on the back. The wallpaper can also provide color cues for the paint covering the rest of the chest. Paint the chest first, sanding between coats for a smooth finish. Apply the wallpaper and seal the wallpaper and paint surfaces using an acrylic sealer.
Tip: Other papers also work for this project. Consider gift wrap, fine-art paper, old prints, artwork, or greeting cards. Just make sure to seal any paper surfaces to prevent damage from use.