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Personalising children's furniture is one way to make truly one-of-a-kind pieces for your child. The process can be simple and fun and you and your child will be thrilled with the results.
If you have been avoiding personalising furniture because you are concerned that it will be too difficult, try some of the simple suggestions below:
l At a craft store buy wooden letters that spell your child's name. Paint the letters in solid colours or paint patterns on them. After painting, finish with a clear coat of varnish to add sheen. Using wood glue or a hot glue-gun, glue the letters on to mirror frames, dressers or headboards.
l Wooden cut-out designs or silhouettes can be painted and added to any piece of furniture. Pick designs that reflect your child's hobbies or interests.
l Stenciling is easy. Spray stencil glue on the back of a stencil of an image your child likes. Press the back of the stencil gently against the surface you wish to stencil on. Using a stencil brush, gently fill in the stencil areas with the desired colours. Carefully remove the stencil by pulling it straight off the surface.
l For many girls glass "gems" and other silver or gold-looking flat beads add style to mirror edges or picture frames. Stick the beads on using a hot glue-gun. Children can help but will need supervision and should not use the glue-gun themselves.
l Art wire can also be used to add details. It can be twisted or twirled to make a pattern across the furniture and then glued on using a glue gun or other spray type adhesive.
l Geometric patterns can be used to personalise items. Simply pick a shape or two and paint them on to the surface. Use contrasting colours and outline the shapes in black to really make them stand out.
l Small inch-by-inch tiles can be used to make a patterned headboard, dresser top or table top. It is a good idea to lay out the tiles first before glueing them to the furniture so that any changes that might need to be made can be easily done.
l Pictures can be placed on a table top and covered with glass or plexi-glass attached with clamps. The clamps can be removed and the pictures changed as the child ages or as new photos become available.
Children often have good decorating ideas and enjoy working with the family to create one-of-a-kind items for their room. - msn.com