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For this project, you’ll need: Regular Mod Podge, a soft brush, scrapbook paper of choice, and paint if you are painting your furniture piece. You can also find supplies here.
I started by painting the majority of my accent table and let it dry before decoupaging. The only place I didn’t paint was the area to be covered which was the leather on the top layer. For the paper, I chose a a 12 by 12 piece with a pretty, neutral pattern. I made sure the pattern was easily matched since I needed two pieces. It’s almost like matching up wallpaper. I pre-cut and matched my pattern for easier placement.
I first brushed Mod Podge on the backside of the paper, and then working quickly, on the top side of the bare table top. If what you’re decoupaging on is shiny or has a coating, you will need to sand it first to create a rougher surface. The leather on this piece was so dried out it wasn’t issue.
I carefully pressed the paper down and pressed out any of the bubbles and creases and then applied decoupage medium over the top with a soft brush. Even though it goes on milky, it will dry clear.
Troubleshooting: If you find you have bubbles popping up in your decoupaged paper project, you can use a safety pin to gently make a hole. This will help the trapped air escape and the paper dry flat. The small hole won’t even be noticeable when it dries.
When decoupaging paper, let it dry completely, then spray sealed it with polyacrylic to seal it. You can also use a brush on sealer as well. You can read why I like polyacrylic over paste wax for sealing painted furniture here.
After a few coats of sealer, the surface will be hard, and your decoupaged top will now hold up to glasses and everything else set on it.
I hope you loved learning how to decoupage paper onto a damaged table top and give it a try yourself, it’s such a great way to update a piece and save a damaged furniture piece, as well as adding a pretty pattern or design with out the hassle of painting.
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