By Lauren Flanagan
Decoupage Dresser Drawers - Daniele Lug
Decoupage is the art of decorating items with paper. Decoupage can be used for a whole host of craft projects large and small, including dressing up furniture.
Instructions for How to Decoupage FurnitureSometimes the methods will vary slightly depending on whether or not the furniture is finished or unfinished, rough or smooth, and what kind of paper is used. These instructions can be followed for basic pieces of furniture and paper of a regular stock.
- Choose a piece of furniture to be decoupaged. If this is your first attempt a flat surface will be much easier than a curved one. Remember that it doesn't have to be the whole piece. A drawer front, the seat or back of a chair, or a tabletop can be done while leaving the rest.
- Find a paper to use for the decoupage project. It can be wallpaper, giftwrap, a greeting card, photographs, or anything else you can come up with. Entire pieces can be used, or cut out shapes and designs that will work for the project.
- Lay out the paper pictures on the surface in the way that you want the finished project to look. Then it's time to glue.
Gluing Paper and Photographs to Furniture
- Using a water-based sealant glue (such as Mod Podge), or by diluting regular white glue with water, begin attaching the paper.
- Spread the glue on the back of the paper picture with a paintbrush.
- Lay down the picture on the surface in the chosen spot then smooth it out with a ruler (making sure there are no air bubbles trapped underneath.
- Use a damp cloth to carefully wipe away any excess glue around the edges. Be careful not to move the paper while doing this.
Final Steps of Decoupaging Furniture
- Once all of the images are glued into place, let them dry completely. Leave it 12-24 hours just to be certain.
- When it's completely dry, apply a thin layer of water-based sealant glue or lacquer to the entire piece of furniture (with a paintbrush). It will act as a topcoat, sealing the design, and also give the piece an even, finished look.
- After applying the first coat and letting it dry, have a look and see if a second is necessary.
- Once it looks the way you want you're done!