I did not build the drawers before they were wallpapered and varnished.
Because I chose patterned wallpaper, it was important to get the positioning right so the lines were straight and the pattern continued perfectly from the top drawer to the next. A lot of measuring went into that but it does pay off.
Using spray adhesive, both drawer fronts and wallpaper was sprayed for max adhesion.
Afterwards, using a sharp craft or carpet knife on a cutting mat, carefully cut any excess wallpaper away.
You could of course make this much simpler and choose a plain wallpaper or even easier, a sticky backed film in for example copper or another funky colour.
Finally, when the adhesive was dry, I varnished the fronts 3 times with a decorators varnish, ensuring each layer was dry before applying a new coat.
The completed office sideboard
Pay particular attention to the edges so the paper won’t catch on the units and come away.
When dry, I assembled the drawers and added some Hemnes drawer knobs.
A few accessories
The hardest part was getting the wallpaper accurate, and working with the spray adhesive I’d chosen.
I’d bought a cheap heavy duty adhesive which seemed to come out like candy floss, so a finer mist craft version would be better. Or wallpaper paste perhaps. Overall it wasn’t a difficult project.
The drawer fronts
I love how the two drawer units compliment my little coffee table, and add a totally different look the otherwise very basic KALLAX.
The overall look
Also, repurposing the drawer handles from a previous hack of a HEMNES shoe cupboard does away with the rather basic and ugly silver button knobs that come with the drawers.