Thursday, February 9, 2012

Decoupaged Table

We've all seen antiques that have been either painted or stained. It's a great way to breathe new life in to an outdated piece and make it relevant to your home. But when it comes to re-finishing, it usually ends there.

I  know what you're thinking. "What else could I possibly do to update that dresser/nightstand/table other than slapping a coat of paint on it?"

(Drumroll, please...) Decoupage! The French name makes it sound fancier than it is. Take any kind of thin paper and glue it to a clean flat surface. When dry, simply brush more glue on top to protect it. Taa daa!  Decoupage may seem like a new trend, but the technique actually dates back to twelfth century China. It was not until it became enormously popular in France (= fancy name) and Italy during the seventeenth century that it became known as decoupage.
For my table, I used tissue paper from the gift wrapping department. It's super thin and tears easily when wet, so handle it carefully if you decide to go with this option. Wrapping paper would also work well, or maybe decorative paper from the scrap book department of your craft store. Just make sure it's on the thin side, not heavy card stock.

Here is how the table looked before.

The first step was painting the table white since some of the background color comes through the tissue. I gave the legs a dry brush finish to look distressed. 

The only supplies you need to decoupage are Mod Podge, tissue paper, a brush and razor blade or exacto knife to cut the tissue.

It's probably a good idea to give it several coats since it will act as a sealer. Just be sure to wait for each coat to dry in between coats.
I topped mine with a piece of glass cut to size by my local glass shop. This added even more protection and has held up well.

Of course the sky's the limit...wood boxes, lamps, even trash cans can look awesome decoupaged. If you decide to try this at home, I'd love to see your results!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! Gotta try this!

  2. This turned out so lovely!! I would love if you would link up to my party:

    Hope to see you there!

  3. This turned out fabulous, Rita. Great pattern choices. Very creative! Thanks so much for linking this up with Mop It Up Mondays at i should be mopping the floor last week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  4. You did an AMAZING job. It's so hard for me to decoupage tissue paper. Beautiful!!

  5. Amy,
    Thanks for the "shout out" on your blog!

  6. What a great transformation! I recently tried to decoupage a vase with striped tissue paper, but failed miserably. You did a great job and kudos for having the patience to work with that paper!

  7. I'm thinking of a newspaper... Do you think it'll work?

  8. It's worth a try. If the paper is too thin, you could make xerox copies of the newspaper. I did that here:

  9. Amazing! Is there a sealer or gloss you can put over it if you don't want to put a sheet of glass on top? I want to do a table and I am not too familiar with Mod Podge yet!

  10. Nina,
    I've never done this but I suppose you could seal it with a clear varnish from the paint store. Just make sure it's the kind that doesn't yellow over time. Good luck!

  11. That's really pretty! I like the idea of putting the glass on top--it makes it look so much more finished.

  12. I appreciate you taking the time to write...thanks!


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