Resolution Renovation: Decoupage Table

Resolution Renovation: Decoupage Table

Janie Lee
Jan 25, 2008

During the month of January, we'll be posting photos and tips on DIY renovation projects from our readers. The first twenty submissions posted will receive an AT bib or T-shirt. Please click here for all the details.

Good friend and Ohdeedoh Reader Erin has been working away during Resolution Renovation month. She shared with us the fruits of her labor.

Your city and location: Washington, D.C.

Details of your project (what you did, materials used, how long it took, level of difficulty, etc.): I got the idea and directions for the decoupage table from Radio Girl Design blog. You'll need a table and chairs set (or other furniture piece you'd like to personalize), sandpaper, paper cutouts to be decoupaged, gesso, acrylic paints, glue (Mod Podge or other decoupage glue), polyurethane, and brushes. I sanded all the surfaces of the table that I would be working on (table surface and sides). I covered the surface with gesso. Then I used paper shapes I cut out previously and glued them on with Mod Podge. For the words, I found a font I liked and printed out the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Every night I would varnish it with a layer of polyurethane. It took about 7 coats (so a week's time). Take everything apart and sand the wood.

Your best tip: really like how it turned out but, if I was doing it again, I would have painted the table top a light color. The polyurethane made it a little more yellowish than I would have liked. It also make the white paper I printed the poem on a bit yellowish in spots. Also, I should have bought more paper. I think some stars on the chairs would have looked cool. Can't find more. The polyurethane makes goop (food, crayons, etc.) Abby drops on it come off easily. No gouges so far, though I'm sure she will figure out a way to do that.

Thanks, Erin!

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