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 It's a great way to breathe new life in to an outdated piece and make it relevant to your home.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!

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