How to Decoupage Furniture
It’s furniture makeover day! Woot! Today I’m happy to be teaming up with some of my furniture painting gal pals and sharing some fun and easy ways to give your furniture a makeover using decoupage.
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I haven’t done decoupage in a while but am happy to report it’s as easy as it ever was!
For my decoupage project, I used an accent table I had at the shop. It has great lines but needed something more than just paint.
I wanted to accentuate the details so I decided to give it a whitewash in addition to the decoupage.
For the whitewash, I used some paint I already had and added about 20% water to it.
I brushed it on, being sure to get it down into all of the grooves and carvings, and immediately wiped it off of the flat surfaces. Leaving a heavier amount down in the crevices made them stand out much more. After this dried completely I started the decoupage part of the project.
How to decoupage furniture
Step 1. Select the paper you want to use. For my decoupage project, I used a sample of wallpaper that I’ve always loved. I wish I had a room to use this in at our home. It’s so pretty! I trimmed it down so that it was about 2″ bigger than the top of the table. You can also you wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, wine labels, recipes, candy wrappers, or pretty much anything you want. I’ve already got some fun ideas for future decoupage projects!
Step 2. After trimming the paper to the size you need, apply your glue. I used a watered down mix of Mod Podge to the back of the paper. I watered it down because the wallpaper is prepasted and therefore didn’t need full strength glue.
Step 3. Add the Mod Podge to the surface of your project for extra adhesion and so that the paper will slide around if you need to reposition it.
Step 4. Apply the paper and trim it if necessary. For my project, after I applied the wallpaper to the table, I smoothed out the air bubbles with a wallpaper smoother and then trimmed the excess of the edges so that it fit perfectly into the table top.
I used a sharp snap-off knife and a straight edge to trim the excess paper from the edges. This method gives you a very straight edge. Be sure to wipe off any excess glue before it dries.
Step 6 Apply at least one coat of clear acrylic sealer to the paper for protection. I use Dead Flat Varnish because it’s extremely durable and I don’t like glossy finishes. Let this dry and you’re done!
There you have it. One decoupaged end table.
How convenient is it that my dishes match the paper?
Here it is in our living room.
It looks like a fabric and also matches a picture frame I have.
I’ve also seen wooden trays that have papered bottoms. You could definitely decoupage many different things.
Here’s a close up of the white washed effect.
Have you decoupaged any furniture or other items? I’d love to hear your ideas.
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I love that wallpaper and agree that it would be so pretty in a room. It coordinates perfectly with the color of your table. Thank you for explaining how to white wash. I've not tried that technique and hope to use it on a project soon.
Thanks Paula! The whitewash was pretty easy. You could also use white wax, liming wax, or make your own wax by adding some white paint to it.
Your table is beautiful Angie! The paint colors and paper are perfect together. ~Sonya
Thank you Sonya!
Wow! It turned out great! I just love that wallpaper pattern!!! ~Christy
Thanks Christy! Now I want to wallpaper a room or a wall with it!
What a great idea — I'm looking around the house to see what I can do — I know of a tray and if nose around enough I know I'll find more. Thanks for the easy instructions.
So glad you're inspired to try it! There are so many possibilities!
The paper you picked for your table is perfect with the style and color. So pretty! Great tutorial!
Love this! The wallpaper really turns that table into a statement piece 🙂
I love the soft effect of this little table and your paper you chose is the perfect addition. Very pretty!
This is gorgeous, Angie!! The addition of the paper adds so much charm! XO
Love your choice of paper with the whitewash table. So pretty and you make the project look so easy too!
Such a pretty little table! You chose the perfect paper! Life to the full! Melissa
Angie it is SO gorgeous! I love that paper! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!
It's a beauty Angie!! The whitewash is perfect and I LOVE the paper!!!
Gorgeous! I love the wallpaper that you chose and the white wash definitely added to it!
Totally in love with the paper! Love it!
I like the wallpaper you chose…it's so you! The color is nice too but I really like the white-wash finish!
Angie, that table was calling to be decoupaged! Love the white wash too! Fun tour! ~Jeanette
I love the paper! The pattern and colors are so gorgeous with the white wash effect. Love it!
Way back, many years ago, before blogging certainly, I used to decoupage furniture all the time. I still have several pieces in my house. I love doing the fronts of drawers so that the entire piece makes a picture. I also use reverse decoupage a lot. I know sometimes it is old fashioned, but I love it. Your table is really pretty!