Anfitrite was created using decoupage by Henri Matisse in 1947
Want to add something fresh and whimsical to a room in your home?
Do you need to add new life to a furniture piece that’s seen better days? Try Decoupage. It’s fun, virtually fail-proof and really easy to do!
Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts in a combination with special paint effects. You can use virtually any paper from magazine cutouts to specialty papers. The papers are layered and sealed to create the effect of a painting.
I was able to transform the side table below using decoupage in a short time, except for the protective coats. Now, I have a table that adds some character to the room.
Here’s what I did and the supplies I used:
- Table (or item to decoupage)
- Decoupage paste
- Variety of Papers or Fabric remnants
- Sponge brush for paste
- Paint brush and a protective finisher (Polyurethane or Polyacrylic)
- Paint or stain if you plan to change the color or finish of the table (optional)
It looked like a good candidate for decoupage so I grabbed it up quick.
Before I started the decoupage I stained the legs and sides of the table. If you paint do the same and let it completely dry.
To get tight corners I split my wallpaper and wrapped the corners neatly as you would if wrapping a gift.
You apply the glue with a brush on the table surface and the paper or fabric side that will touch the table then wrap it.
Note: Always layout your design before you start so you know how you want it to look.
I found this great wrapping paper from Ballards Design. It made my project super simple and colorful too.
I added the paste to the table top and the paper back then slowly laid it over the top. Be sure to smooth it out as you lay it down. The hardest part was smoothing the paper out so it didn’t dry with bubbles underneath. Once the paper is covering the table apply paste on top of all the paper and let it dry completely.
I applied 3 coats and waited 24 hours between each coat.
There’s no limit to what you can use to decoupage: giftwrap, maps, wallpaper, magazine pages, blueprints, tissue paper or fabrics all work well. You’re only limited by your imagination so try something wonderful and have some fun!
Are you ready to decoupage? What will you transform?
Whatever it is enjoy creating something beautiful!